The Gospel according to Matthew

4:1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit to go into the wilderness to be tested by the False Accuser.4:2After having gone forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry.4:3So the Tester came to him and said, “If you’re really the God-Man, tell these stones to become bread.”

4:4“It is written,” Jesus replied, “that a person does not live on bread alone but on every word uttered by God.”

4:5Then the False Accuser took him into the holy city and stood him on the highest point of the temple compound.4:6And he said to him, “If you’re really the God-Man, throw yourself down. As it is written, ‘He will command his Messengers concerning you, that they will lift you up with their hands so you won’t strike your foot against a stone.’ ”

4:7“It is written,” Jesus replied, “You must not provoke the Master your God!”

4:8Next the False Accuser took him up into a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their splendor.4:9And he said to him, “I will give all of this to you, if you will fall down and worship me!”

4:10“Get away from me, Adversary!” Jesus replied. “For it is written: ‘It is only the Master your God you must worship; serve no one else!’ ”4:11Then the False Accuser left him, and suddenly Messengers came and attended to Jesus’ needs.

4:12When Jesus heard that John had been put under arrest, he went into Galilee.4:13Then he moved out of Nazareth and settled in Capernaum by the sea, in the area near Zebulon and Naphtali,4:14in order to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah:

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“The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, in Galilee of the non-Judeans:4:16The people sitting in darkness have seen a great light; to those sitting in the shadowy place of death, a light has risen on them.”

4:17And from then on Jesus began to announce, “Change your minds, for the kingdom of the heavens has come!”

4:18As he walked along the seaside in Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon (called Peter) and Andrew. They were throwing a fishing net into the sea, because that’s how they made their living.4:19And he said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”4:20So they immediately dropped their nets and followed him.4:21From there, he saw two other brothers: James and John, sons of Zebedee. They were in the boat with their father, preparing the nets. He called to them,4:22and immediately they followed him, leaving the ship and their father.

4:23Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and announcing the Gospel of the kingdom, and he also healed all sorts of diseases and weaknesses the people had.4:24His fame spread throughout Syria, and they brought him all the people afflicted with various serious diseases and torments, including the demonized, those with convulsions, and the paralyzed; he healed them all.4:25A large crowd followed him from Galilee, the Ten Cities, Jerusalem, Judea, and the other side of the Jordan.