3:15 As the people were in expectation, and all were wondering in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Messiah, 16 John answered them all, “I indeed immerse you with water, but he comes who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to loosen. He will immerse you with the Holy Spirit and with fire, 17 whose winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
18 Then with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people, 19 but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done, 20 added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison. 21 Now it happened, when all the people were immersed, Yeshua also had been immersed, and was praying. The sky was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove on him; and a voice came out of the sky, saying “You are my beloved Son. In you I am well pleased.”
23 When he began, Yeshua was about thirty years old, being the son, as was supposed, of Joseph, of Eli, 24 of Mattat, of Levi, of Melchi, of Jannai, of Joseph, 25 of Mattithiah, of Amos, of Nahum, of Hesli, of Naggai, 26 of Mahath, of Mattithiah, of Shimei, of Joseph, of Judah, 27 of Johanan, of Rhesa, of Zerubbabel, of Shealtiel, of Neri, 28 of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam, of Elmodam, of Er, 29 of Josi, of Eliezer, of Jorim, of Mattat, of Levi, 30 of Simeon, of Judah, of Joseph, of Jehonan, of Eliakim, 31 of Maleah, of Menan, of Mattattah, of Nathan, of David, 32 of Jesse, of Obed, of Boaz, of Salmon, of Nahshon, 33 of Amminadab, of Ram, of Hezron, of Perez, of Judah, 34 of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nahor, 35 of Serug, of Reu, of Peleg, of Eber, of Shelah, 36 of Kenan, of Arpachshad, of Shem, of Noah, of Lamech, 37 of Methuselah, of Hanokh, of Jared, of Mahalalel, of Kenan, 38 of Enosh, of Seth, of Adam, of God.
4:1 Yeshua, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. When they were completed, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 Yeshua answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Humankind cannot live by bread alone.'”
5 And leading him up to a high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 The devil said to him, “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. 7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.”
8 Yeshua answered and said to him, “It is written, ‘You are to worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
9 He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;’ 11 and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'”
12 And Yeshua, answering, said to him, “It is said, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.'”
13 When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.
14 Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. 15 He taught in their synagogues, being praised by all.
16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him, and unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, 19 and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 He closed the scroll, gave it back to the shammash, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began to tell them, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will tell me this parable, ‘Physician, heal yourself. Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'” 24 He said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. 26 Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian.”
28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 30 But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.
31 He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he shouted with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Ah. what have we to do with you, Yeshua, Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God.”
35 Yeshua rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him.” When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
36 Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” 37 News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region.
38 He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they appealed to him about her. 39 He stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them. 40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41 Demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
42 When it was day, he departed and went into an uninhabited place, and the crowds looked for him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he would not go away from them. 43 But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.
5:1 Now it happened, while the crowd pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Yeshua’s knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” 9 For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; 10 and so also were Jacob and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Yeshua said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching people.”
11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him. 12 It happened, while he was in one of the cities, look, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Yeshua, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”
13 And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he commanded him, “Do not tell anyone, but go your way, and show yourself to the cohen, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” 15 But the report concerning him spread much more, and large crowds came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.
17 It happened on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And look, men brought a paralyzed man on a cot, and they sought to bring him in to lay before him. 19 Not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his cot into the midst before Yeshua. 20 Seeing their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”
22 But Yeshua, perceiving their thoughts, answered them, “Why are you reasoning so in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you;’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk?’ 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (he said to the paralyzed man), “I tell you, arise, and take up your cot, and go to your house.”
25 Immediately he rose up before them, and took up that which he was laying on, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26 Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
27 After these things he went out, and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow me.”
28 He left everything, and rose up and followed him. 29 Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his talmidim, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Yeshua answered them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
33 They said to him, “The talmidim of John often fast and pray, likewise also the talmidim of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.”
34 He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told a parable to them. “No one having torn a piece from a new garment puts it on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 No one having drunk old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.'”
6:1 Now it happened on the second chief Sabbath that he was going through the grain fields. His talmidim plucked the heads of grain, and ate, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why do you do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?”
3 Yeshua, answering them, said, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he, and those who were with him; 4 how he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the show bread, and gave also to those who were with him, which is not lawful to eat except for the cohanim alone?” 5 He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
6 It also happened on another Sabbath that he entered into the synagogue and taught. There was a man there, and his right hand was withered. 7 The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him. 8 But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Rise up, and stand in the middle.” He arose and stood. 9 Then Yeshua said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to destroy it?” 10 He looked around at them all, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with rage, and talked with one another about what they might do to Yeshua.