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Luke 4 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Satan Tempts Jesus
The Temptation of Jesus
(Matt. 4:1–11; Mark 1:12, 13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:1 - Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[fn] the wilderness,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:2 - being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:3 - And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:4 - But Jesus answered him, saying,[fn] “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ [fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:5 - Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him[fn] all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:6 - And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:7 - “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:8 - And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan![fn] For[fn] it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ [fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:9 - Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:10 - “For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:11 - “and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ 
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:12 - And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ [fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:13 - Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry
(Matt. 4:12–17; Mark 1:14, 15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:14 - Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:15 - And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
(Matt. 13:54–58; Mark 6:1–6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:16 - So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:17 - And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:18 - “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to
the poor;
He has sent Me
to heal the brokenhearted,[fn]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to
the blind,
set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:19 - To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:20 - Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:21 - And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:22 - So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:23 - He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum,[fn] do also here in Your country.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:24 - Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:25 - “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:26 - “but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,[fn] in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:27 - “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:28 - So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:29 - and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:30 - Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Jesus Casts Out an Unclean Spirit
(Mark 1:21–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:31 - Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:32 - And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:33 - Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:34 - saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:35 - But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:36 - Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:37 - And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed
(Matt. 8:14, 15; Mark 1:29–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:38 - Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:39 - So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset
(Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 1:32–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:40 - When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:41 - And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ,[fn] the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee
(Matt. 4:23–25; Mark 1:35–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:42 - Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:43 - but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 4:44 - And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.[fn]
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads in.
Deuteronomy 8:3
NU-Text omits but by every word of God.
NU-Text reads And taking Him up, he showed Him.
NU-Text omits Get behind Me, Satan.
NU-Text and M-Text omit For.
Deuteronomy 6:13
Psalm 91:11, 12
Deuteronomy 6:16
NU-Text omits to heal the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1, 2
Here and elsewhere the NU-Text spelling is Capharnaum.
Greek Sarepta
NU-Text omits the Christ.
NU-Text reads Judea.

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