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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 4

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1 JESUS was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted a 4:1 tempted: or tested. by the devil. 2For forty days and nights he fasted, and at the end of them he was famished. 3The tempter approached him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ 4Jesus answered, ‘Scripture says, “Man is not to live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

5The devil then took him to the Holy City and set him on the parapet of the temple. 6‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says, “He will put his angels in charge of you, and they will support you in their arms, for fear you should strike your foot against a stone.” ’ 7Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture also says, “You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.” ’

8The devil took him next to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their glory. 9‘All these’, he said, ‘I will give you, if you will only fall down and do me homage.’ 10But Jesus said, ‘Out of my sight, Satan! Scripture says, “You shall do homage to the Lord your God and worship him alone.” ’

11Then the devil left him; and angels came and attended to his needs.

12 WHEN he heard that John had been arrested, Jesus withdrew to Galilee; 13and leaving Nazareth he went and settled at Capernaum on the sea of Galilee, in the district of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14This was to fulfil the words of the prophet Isaiah about 15‘the land of Zebulun, the land of Naphtali, the road to the sea, the land beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles’:

16The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; light has dawned on those who lived in the land of death's dark shadow.

17From that day Jesus began to proclaim the message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is upon you.’

18 JESUS was walking by the sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the lake; for they were fishermen. 19Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ 20At once they left their nets and followed him.

21Going on farther, he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, 22and at once they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23He travelled throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of illness and infirmity among the people. 24His fame spread throughout Syria; and they brought to him sufferers from various diseases, those racked with pain or possessed by demons, those who were epileptic or paralysed, and he healed them all. 25Large crowds followed him, from Galilee and the Decapolis, from Jerusalem and Judaea, and from Transjordan.

Notes:

a 4:1 tempted: or tested.

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