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Luke 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

(Mat 4:1–11; Mar 1:12, 13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:1 - Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:2 - where for forty days he was tempted[fn] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:3 - The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:4 - Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:5 - The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:6 - And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:7 - If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:8 - Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:9 - The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:10 - For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:11 - they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:12 - Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:13 - When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

(Mat 4:12–17; Mar 1:14, 15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:14 - Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:15 - He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
(Mat 13:54–58; Mar 6:1–6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:16 - He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:17 - and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:18 - “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:19 - to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:20 - Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:21 - He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:22 - All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:23 - Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:24 - “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:25 - I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:26 - Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:27 - And there were many in Israel with leprosy[fn] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:28 - All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:29 - They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:30 - But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit

(Mar 1:21–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:31 - Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:32 - They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:33 - In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:34 - “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:35 - “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:36 - All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:37 - And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Jesus Heals Many

(Mat 8:14, 15; Mar 1:29–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:38 - Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:39 - So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
(Mat 8:16, 17; Mar 1:32–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:40 - At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:41 - Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.
(Mat 4:23–25; Mar 1:35–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:42 - At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:43 - But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:44 - And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
NIV Footnotes
The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
Deut. 8:3
Deut. 6:13
Psalm 91:11,12
Deut. 6:16
Isaiah 61:1,2 (see Septuagint); Isaiah 58:6
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.

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