Matthew 4 New American Standard Bible

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil . 2  And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights , He then became hungry . 3  And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God , command that these stones become bread ." 4  But He answered and said , "It is written , ' MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE , BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD .' " 5  Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple , 6  and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God , throw Yourself down ; for it is written , ' HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU'; and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE .' " 7  Jesus said to him, "On the other hand , it is written , ' YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE Lord YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .' " 8  Again , the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory ; 9  and he said to Him, " All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." 10  Then Jesus said to him, "Go , Satan ! For it is written , ' YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE Lord YOUR GOD , AND SERVE HIM ONLY .' " 11  Then the devil left Him; and behold , angels came and began to minister to Him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12  Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody , He withdrew into Galilee ; 13  and leaving Nazareth , He came and settled in Capernaum , which is by the sea , in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali . 14  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet : 15  " THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI , BY THE WAY OF THE SEA , BEYOND THE JORDAN , GALILEE OF THE GENTILES - 16  " THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT , AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH , UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED ." 17  From that time Jesus began to preach and say , " Repent , for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ."

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

18  Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee , He saw two brothers , Simon who was called Peter , and Andrew his brother , casting a net into the sea ; for they were fishermen . 19  And He said to them, "Follow e Me, and I will make you fishers of men ." 20  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21  Going on from there He saw two other brothers , James the son of Zebedee , and John his brother , in the boat with Zebedee their father , mending their nets ; and He called them. 22  Immediately they left the boat and their father , and followed Him.

Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude

23  Jesus was going throughout all Galilee , teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom , and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people . 24  The news about Him spread throughout all Syria ; and they brought to Him all who were ill e , those suffering with various diseases and pains , demoniacs , epileptics , paralytics ; and He healed them. 25  Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan .

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