1Now Jesus, full of holy spirit, turned away from the Jordan, and he was led about by the spirit in the wilderness2for forty days, while being tempted by the Devil. Furthermore, he ate nothing in those days, and so, when they were concluded, he felt hungry.3At this the Devil said to him: “If you are a son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”4But Jesus replied to him: “It is written, ‘Man must not live by bread alone.’”
5So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time;6and the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and the glory of them, because it has been delivered to me, and to whomever I wish I give it.7You, therefore, if you do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.”8In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”
9Now he led him into Jerusalem and stationed him upon the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, hurl yourself down from here;10for it is written, ‘He will give his angels a charge concerning you, to preserve you,’11and, ‘They will carry you on their hands, that you may at no time strike your foot against a stone.’”12In answer Jesus said to him: “It is said, ‘You must not put Jehovah your God to the test.’”13So the Devil, having concluded all the temptation, retired from him until another convenient time.
14Now Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Gal′i‧lee. And good talk concerning him spread out through all the surrounding country.15Also, he began to teach in their synagogues, being held in honor by all.
16And he came to Naz′a‧reth, where he had been reared; and, according to his custom on the sabbath day, he entered into the synagogue, and he stood up to read.17So the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed him, and he opened the scroll and found the place where it was written:18“Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release,19to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year.”20With that he rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were intently fixed upon him.21Then he started to say to them: “Today this scripture that YOU just heard is fulfilled.”
22And they all began to give favorable witness about him and to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth, and they were saying: “This is a son of Joseph, is it not?”23At this he said to them: “No doubt YOU will apply this illustration to me, ‘Physician, cure yourself; the things we heard as having happened in Ca‧per′na‧um do also here in your home territory.’”24But he said: “Truly I tell YOU that no prophet is accepted in his home territory.25For instance, I tell YOU in truth, There were many widows in Israel in the days of E‧li′jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, so that a great famine fell upon all the land,26yet E‧li′jah was sent to none of those [women], but only to Zar′e‧phath in the land of Si′don to a widow.27Also, there were many lepers in Israel in the time of E‧li′sha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, but Na′a‧man the man of Syria.”28Now all those hearing these things in the synagogue became filled with anger;29and they rose up and hurried him outside the city, and they led him to the brow of the mountain upon which their city had been built, in order to throw him down headlong.30But he went through the midst of them and continued on his way.
31And he went down to Ca‧per′na‧um, a city of Gal′i‧lee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath;32and they were astounded at his way of teaching, because his speech was with authority.33Now in the synagogue there was a man with a spirit, an unclean demon, and he shouted with a loud voice:34“Ah! What have we to do with you, Jesus you Naz‧a‧rene′? Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.”35But Jesus rebuked it, saying: “Be silent, and come out of him.” So, after throwing the man down in their midst, the demon came out of him without hurting him.36At this, astonishment fell upon all, and they began to converse with one another, saying: “What sort of speech is this, because with authority and power he orders the unclean spirits, and out they come?”37So the news concerning him kept going out into every corner of the surrounding country.
38After getting up out of the synagogue he entered into Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother‐in‐law was distressed with a high fever, and they made request of him for her.39So he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Instantly she rose and began ministering to them.
40But when the sun was setting, all those who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. By laying his hands upon each one of them he would cure them.41Demons also would come out of many, crying out and saying: “You are the Son of God.” But, rebuking them, he would not permit them to speak, because they knew him to be the Christ.
42However, when it became day, he went out and proceeded to a lonely place. But the crowds began hunting about for him and came out as far as he was, and they tried to detain him from going away from them.43But he said to them: “Also to other cities I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this I was sent forth.”44Accordingly he went on preaching in the synagogues of Ju‧de′a.