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Matthew

Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The Tempter came up to him and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, then tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus replied, “It is written, ‘People do not live just by eating bread, but by every word which comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the Devil took him to the holy city, and had him stand on a high point of the Temple. “If you really are the Son of God, then throw yourself off,” he said to Jesus, “because it is written, ‘He will command His angels to take care of you,’ and ‘They will catch you in their hands so that you will not fall down when you trip over a stone.’” Jesus said, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their majesty, and said to him, “I will give you all these if you bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him alone.’” Then the Devil departed from him, and angels came and took care of him. When Jesus learned that John had been arrested, he went back to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which is beside the lake in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what Isaiah the prophet had said: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, on the road to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people sitting in the dark saw a great light, and to those sitting in the country of death and shadow, on them a light dawned.” From then on Jesus began to preach the Gospel, saying, “Repent, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee Jesus saw two brothers. Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew were casting a net into the sea, because they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishermen to catch people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Going further on, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them. And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus was traveling throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel about the Kingdom, and healing people of every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread all over Syria, and they brought to him everyone who was sick, suffering from various diseases and pains, demon-influenced, epileptic, paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the region beyond the Jordan.

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