Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 4 - New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (2024)

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The Testing of Jesus

4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was famished.(A) 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”(B) 4But he answered, “It is written,

‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”(C)

5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple,(D) 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”(E)

7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”(F)

8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’ ”(G)

11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.(H)

Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee

12Now when Jesus[a] heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles—(I)
16the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.”(J)

17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”[b](K)

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishers.(L) 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.(M) 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People

23Jesus[c] went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news[d] of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.(N) 24So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, people possessed by demons or having epilepsy or afflicted with paralysis, and he cured them.(O) 25And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.(P)


  1. 4.12 Gk he
  2. 4.17 Or is at hand
  3. 4.23 Gk He
  4. 4.23 Gk gospel

Cross references

  1. 4.2 : Ex 34.28; 1 Kings 19.8
  2. 4.3 : 1 Thess 3.5
  3. 4.4 : Deut 8.3
  4. 4.5 : Neh 11.1; Dan 9.24; Mt 27.53; Rev 21.10
  5. 4.6 : Ps 91.11, 12
  6. 4.7 : Deut 6.16
  7. 4.10 : Deut 6.13; 1 Chr 21.1
  8. 4.11 : Mt 26.53; Lk 22.43; Heb 1.14
  9. 4.15 : Isa 9.1, 2
  10. 4.16 : Isa 42.7; Lk 2.32
  11. 4.17 : Mt 3.2; 10.7
  12. 4.18 : Jn 1.35–42
  13. 4.20 : Lk 18.28
  14. 4.23 : Mt 9.35; 13.54; Mk 1.21, 34, 39; Lk 4.15, 44
  15. 4.24 : Mt 8.6, 16, 28, 33; 9.2, 6; 17.15; Mk 1.32; Lk 2.2; 8.36
  16. 4.25 : Mk 3.7, 8; Lk 6.17
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