Luke 4-5 World English Bible

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The Temptation of Jesus

4 1  Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 2  for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. 3  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4  Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” [1] 5  The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6  The devil said to him, “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. 7  If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.” 8  Jesus answered him, “Get behind me Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’” [2] 9  He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 10  for it is written,

‘He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;’ 11  and,

‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.’” [3] 12  Jesus answering, said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” [4] 13  When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14  Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. 15  He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16  He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17  The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 18  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, [5]
to proclaim release to the captives,
recovering of sight to the blind,
to deliver those who are crushed,
19  and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” [6] 20  He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21  He began to tell them, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22  All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” 23  He said to them, “Doubtless you will tell me this parable, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.’” 24  He said, “Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25  But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. 26  Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27  There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian.” 28  They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 29  They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 30  But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.

31  He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, 32  and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority.

A Man with an Unclean Spirit

33  In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34  saying, “Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!” 35  Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36  Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37  News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law

38  He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a great fever, and they begged him for her. 39  He stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them.

Jesus Heals Many at Evening

40  When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41  Demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Rebuking them, he didn’t allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Jesus Departs on a Preaching Tour

42  When it was day, he departed and went into an uninhabited place, and the multitudes looked for him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he wouldn’t go away from them. 43  But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent.” 44  He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

The Great Catch of Fish

5 1  Now it happened, while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2  He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3  He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” 5  Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net.” 6  When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. 7  They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8  But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” 9  For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; 10  and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive.” 11  When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

12  It happened, while he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” 13  He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.”

Immediately the leprosy left him. 14  He commanded him to tell no one, “But go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” 15  But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16  But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.

Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

17  It happened on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was with him to heal them. 18  Behold, men brought a paralyzed man on a cot, and they sought to bring him in to lay before Jesus. 19  Not finding a way to bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his cot into the midst before Jesus. 20  Seeing their faith, he said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21  The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22  But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answered them, “Why are you reasoning so in your hearts? 23  Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you;’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk?’ 24  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (he said to the paralyzed man), “I tell you, arise, and take up your cot, and go to your house.” 25  Immediately he rose up before them, and took up that which he was laying on, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26  Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”

The Call of Levi

27  After these things he went out, and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow me!” 28  He left everything, and rose up and followed him. 29  Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. 30  Their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” 31  Jesus answered them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

The Question about Fasting

33  They said to him, “Why do John’s disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?” 34  He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35  But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days.” 36  He also told a parable to them. “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. 37  No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38  But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. 39  No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

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Footnotes

[1] 4:4 Deuteronomy 8:3

[2] 4:8 Deuteronomy 6:13

[3] 4:11 Psalm 91:11-12

[4] 4:12 Deuteronomy 6:16

[5] 4:18 NU omits “to heal the brokenhearted”

[6] 4:19 Isaiah 61:1-2

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