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4:1Now Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert.4:2For forty days the Slanderer tried to get him to fail the test.1 He ate nothing during that time, so by the end he was hungry.4:3And the Slanderer said to him, “If you’re really the God-Man, tell this stone to become bread!”

4:4“It is written,” replied Jesus, “that ‘A person doesn’t live on bread alone’.”

4:5Then the Slanderer brought him to the top of a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant.4:6And he said to him, “I will give you complete jurisdiction over all this, and the majesty that goes with it. I can give it to whomever I wish because it was all handed over to me.4:7It can all be yours— if you fall on your face and worship me!”

4:8“It is written,” replied Jesus, “that ‘You must worship the Master your God; only to him must you offer divine service’.”

4:9Then he brought him into Jerusalem and stood him on the highest point of the temple compound. And he said to him,“If you’re really the God-Man, throw yourself down from here,4:10for it is written that ‘His Messengers will be assigned to protect you’,4:11and, ‘They will lift you up in their hands so you won’t strike your foot against a stone’ .”

4:12“It has already been stated,” replied Jesus, “that ‘You must not provoke the Master your God’!”4:13And after all these trials were over, the Slanderer withdrew from him until another opportunity might present itself.

4:14By the power of the Spirit, Jesus then returned to Galilee, and talk about him spread out to the whole surrounding area.4:15He taught in their synagogues and was well-esteemed by everyone.4:16He went into Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as was his custom he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day. He stood up to read4:17and was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, which he unrolled to the spot where this was written:

4:18“The Spirit of the Master is upon me, because he has anointed me to announce good news to the destitute; he has commissioned me to proclaim release to the prisoners of war and recovery of sight to the blind; he has dispatched me to cancel charges against the oppressed4:19and to herald the acceptable time of the Master.”4:20Rolling up the scroll, he handed it to the attendant and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue were watching him intently,4:21and he started to say to them, “Today, in your hearing, this scripture has been fulfilled.”

4:22Everyone was impressed with him and marveled at the favorable things he said. But they also said, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”

4:23And Jesus replied, “Surely you will quote this saying to me: ‘Physician, cure yourself!’; ‘Do here at home what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ ”

4:24And then he added, “I tell you very truly that no prophet is ever accepted in their hometown.4:25There were in fact many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky gave no rain for three-and-a-half years and caused a severe famine to come over the whole land.4:26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them but to a widow in Sarepta in the province of Sidon.4:27And there were many lepers in Israel in the days of the prophet Elisha, yet he didn’t heal one of them but only Naaman the Syrian.”

4:28When the synagogue heard this they were infuriated,4:29so they picked him up and ejected him from the city. They took him to the edge of the mountain the city had been built upon, with the intention of pushing him over the edge.4:30But he walked right through the crowd and went away.

4:31He went down to Capernaum in Galilee and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.4:32They were awestruck with his teachings because he spoke with authority.4:33But in that synagogue was someone with a demonic, unclean spirit, and it shouted out,4:34“Aaah! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to wipe us out? I know who you are— you are the Holy One of God!”

4:35“Silence!” Jesus rebuked it. “Get out of him!” The demon hurled the person down in front of them and then left without doing him any harm.4:36They were all shocked and said to each other, “What kind of speech is this, that has jurisdiction and power to exorcise unclean spirits?”4:37And reports of this spread rapidly to every spot in the surrounding area.

4:38Now Jesus went up from the synagogue and entered the home of Simon, whose mother-in-law was gripped with a high fever. They asked him about her,4:39and he bent over above her and rebuked the fever. Instantly the fever left her, and she got up to wait on them.

4:40At sunset, people brought to Jesus everyone who was disabled or had various diseases, and he placed his hands on each of them and healed them.4:41Demons came out of many of them, shouting out, “You are the God-Man!” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Anointed.

4:42At daybreak he left and went to a solitary location. But the crowd searched diligently for him, and when they found him they tried to keep him from leaving.4:43Then he told them, “I must take the Gospel about the kingdom of God to other cities; this is the purpose for which I was sent.”4:44And he continued to proclaim it in the synagogues of Judea.

  1. 1“tried to get him to fail the test” is the sense of the word peirazomenos in this context.