Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4Â Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2Â where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3Â The devil said to him, â€œIf you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.â€
4Â Jesus answered, â€œIt is written: â€˜Man shall not live on bread alone.â€™â€
5Â The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6Â And he said to him, â€œI will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7Â If you worship me, it will all be yours.â€
8Â Jesus answered, â€œIt is written: â€˜Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.â€™â€
9Â The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. â€œIf you are the Son of God,â€ he said, â€œthrow yourself down from here. 10Â For it is written:
â€œâ€˜He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11Â they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.â€™â€
12Â Jesus answered, â€œIt is said: â€˜Do not put the Lord your God to the test.â€™â€
13Â When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
14Â Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15Â He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16Â 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, 17Â and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18Â â€œThe 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,
19Â to proclaim the year of the Lordâ€™s favor.â€
20Â 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. 21Â He began by saying to them, â€œToday this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.â€
22Â All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. â€œIsnâ€™t this Josephâ€™s son?â€ they asked.
23Â Jesus said to them, â€œSurely you will quote this proverb to me: â€˜Physician, heal yourself!â€™ And you will tell me, â€˜Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.â€™â€
24Â â€œTruly I tell you,â€ he continued, â€œno prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25Â I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijahâ€™s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26Â Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27Â And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansedâ€”only Naaman the Syrian.â€
28Â All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29Â 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. 30Â But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.