The Temptation in the Desert1Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Slanderer.a
2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry.
3And the Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4But he answered and said, “It is written, Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”b
5Then the Slanderer took him into the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
6and says to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, He will give his angels a command concerning you, and, On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”c
7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, Do not tempt Yahweh your God.”d
8Again, the Slanderer took him to an exceedingly lofty mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,
9and he said to him, “All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.”
10Then Jesus says to him, “Be gone, Adversary! For it is written, Worship Yahweh your God, and serve him only.”e
11Then the Slanderer left him and Look!, angels came and began to serve him.
Jesus Begins to Preach12Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee,
13and leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which is by the lakef, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
with the result that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, along the Road of the Sea,g beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and to those who sat in death’s territory and shadow, to them did light spring up.h
17From that time on Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
The Calling of Disciples18And walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother—casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
And he says to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20And they immediately left the nets and followed him.
And 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.
And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus' Fame Spreads23
And Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
And the report of him went out into all Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick, taken with various diseases and torments, demonized, and epileptic, and paralyzed, and he healed them.
25And great multitudes followed him from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.