1 From the Jordan Jesus came back full of the holy Spirit, 2 and for forty days he was led by the Spirit in the desert, while the devil tempted him. During these days he ate nothing, and when they were over he felt hungry. 3 The devil said to him, "If you are God's son, tell this stone to become a loaf."
4 Jesus replied to him, "It is written, Man is not to live on bread alone."
5 Then he lifted Jesus up and showed him all the realms of the universe in a single instant; 6 and the devil said to him, "I will give you all their power and grandeur, for it has been made over to me and I can give it to anyone I choose. 7 If you will worship before me, then it shall all be yours."
8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone."
9 Then he brought him to Jerusalem and placing him on the pinnacle of the temple said to him, "If you are God's son, throw yourself down from this; 10 for it is written, He will give his angels charge of you, 11 and They will bear you on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone."
12 Jesus answered him, "It has been said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God."
13 And after exhausting every kind of temptation the devil left him till a fit opportunity arrived.
14 Then Jesus came back in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and the news of him spread over all the surrounding country. 15 He taught in their synagogues and was glorified by all.
16 Then he came to Nazaret, where he had been brought up, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue as was his custom. He stood up to read the lesson 17 and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah; on opening the book he came upon the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me: for he has consecrated me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim release for captives and recovery of sight for the blind, to set free the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the Lord's year of favour.
20 Then, folding up the book, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him, 21 and he proceeded to tell them that "To-day, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
22 All spoke well of him and marvelled at the gracious words that came from his lips; they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
23 So he said to them, "No doubt you will repeat to me this proverb, 'Doctor, cure yourself!' 'Do here in your own country all we have heard you did in Capharnahum.'"
24 He added, "I tell you truly, no prophet is ever welcome in his native place. 25 I tell you for a fact, In Israel there were many widows during the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land: 26 yet Elijah was not sent to any of these, but only to a widow woman at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 And in Israel there were many lepers in the time of the prophet Elisha, yet none of these was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage; 29 they rose up, put him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, in order to hurl him down. 30 But he made his way through them and went off.
31 Then he went down to Capharnahum, a town of Galilee, and on the sabbath he taught the people; 32 they were astounded at his teaching, for his word came with authority. 33 Now in the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean daemon, who shrieked aloud, 34 "Ha! Jesus of Nazaret, what business have you with us? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, you are God's holy One!"
35 But Jesus checked it, saying, "Be quiet, come out of him." And after throwing him down before them the daemon did come out of him without doing him any harm. 36 Then amazement came over them all; they talked it over among themselves, saying, "What does this mean? He orders the unclean spirits with authority and power, and they come out!" 37 And a report of him spread over all the surrounding country.
38 When he got up to leave the synagogue he went to the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was laid up with a severe attack of fever, so they asked him about her; 39 he stood over her and checked the fever, and it left her. Then she instantly got up and ministered to them.
40 At sunset all who had any people ill with any sort of disease brought them to him; he laid his hands on everyone and healed them. 41 From many people daemons were also driven out, clamouring aloud, "You are God's son!" But he checked them and refused to let them say anything, as they knew he was the Christ.
42 When day broke he went away out to a lonely spot, but the crowds made inquiries about him, came to where he was, and tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 He answered them, "I must preach the glad news of the Reign of God to the other towns as well, for that is what I was sent to do." 44 So he went preaching through the synagogues of Judaea.