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4 And Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about the wilderness under the Spirit’s influence 2 forty days being tempted by the Devil. And he ate nothing during those days, and when they came to an end he was hungry; 3 and the Devil told him “If you are Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him “It is written that not upon bread alone shall man live.” 5** And he led him up and showed him all the kingdoms in the world of men in an instant; 6 and the Devil said to him “I will give all of this dominion and their glory to you, because it has been handed over to me and I give it to anyone that I choose to; 7 so if you do reverence before me it shall all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him “It is written ‘You shall do reverence to the Lord your God, and worship him alone.’” 9 And he led him to Jerusalem and set him on the wing of the temple-precinct, and said to him “If you are Son of God, throw yourself down from here; 10 for it is written that he will give his angels commands about you to protect you, 11 and that they will lift you on their hands, for fear you should strike your foot against a stone.” 12 And Jesus answered him “It says ‘You shall not put the Lord your God on trial.’” 13 And when the Devil had ended every temptation he quitted him for a time. 14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and a rumor about him went out all over the countryside. 15 And he was teaching in their synagogues, glorified by everybody, 16 and he came to Nazareth where he was brought up, and went to the synagogue on the sabbath day as was his custom, and stood up to read; 17 and he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah, and opened the book and found the place where it said 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, forasmuch as he has anointed me to give the gospel to poor men; he has sent me to proclaim release to captives and recovery of sight to blind men, to let the crushed go free, 19 to proclaim the Lord’s accepted year.” 20 And he closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him; 21 and he began to say to them “Today you are hearing of this text fulfilled.” 22 And all commended him, and wondered at the eloquent words which issued from his mouth, and said “why, that is Joseph’s son!” 23 And he said to them “You will be sure to quote this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, cure yourself; what we have heard of your doing in Capernaum do here too, in your hometown.’” 24 But he said “I tell you verily no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 But I tell you, to a certainty there were many widows in Elijah’s days in Israel, at the time that the sky was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine all over the land; 26 and to not one of them was Elijah sent, but to a certain widow at Sarephath in Sidonia; 27 and there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha, and not one of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.” 28 And they all flew into a rage in the synagogue when they heard this, 29 and stood up and hustled him out of the city, and brought him to the brow of the mountain that their city was built on in order to throw him down the precipice; 30 but he passed through the midst of them and went his way. 31 And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching because his words were spoken with authority. 33* And in the synagogue there was a man under the control of an unclean demon, and he shouted out loudly 34 “Ha, what have you to do with us, Jesus, you Nazarene? have you come to destroy us? I know you, I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying “Silence, and come out of him.” And, after flinging him out on the floor, the demon came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 And amazement came upon them all, and they talked to each other, saying “What does this mean, that he gives orders with authority and power to the unclean spirits and they come out?” 37 and a noise about him went out to every place in the region. 38* And he rose and left the synagogue and came to Simon’s house. And Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering with a severe fever, and they asked him to do something for her; 39 and he went and stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she got up and waited on their needs. 40 And after sunset one and all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each one of them and cured them. 41* And demons also came out from many, shouting out “You are the Son of God”; and he stopped them peremptorily and would not allow them to speak, because they knew him to be the Messiah. 42 And when daylight came he went out and away to a lonely place; and the crowds went in quest of him and came to where he was, and held him back to keep him from going away from them. 43 But he said to them “I must bring word of the Reign of God to the other cities too, because that is what I was sent for.” 44* And he was making his proclamation in the synagogues of Palestine.