New International Version
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate(C) was governor of Judea, Herod(D) tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,(E) the word of God came to John(F) son of Zechariah(G) in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.(H) 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’”[a](I)
7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!(J) Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?(K) 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’(L) For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”(M)
10 “What should we do then?”(N) the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”(O)
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized.(P) “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,”(Q) he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely(R)—be content with your pay.”
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John(S) might possibly be the Messiah.(T) 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[b] water.(U) But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire.(V) 17 His winnowing fork(W) 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.”(X) 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
19 But when John rebuked Herod(Y) the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.(Z)
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying,(AC) heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him(AD) in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son,(AE) whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”(AF)
the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi, the son of Melki,
the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos,
the son of Nahum, the son of Esli,
the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath,
the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein,
the son of Josek, the son of Joda,
27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa,
the son of Zerubbabel,(AI) the son of Shealtiel,
the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki,
the son of Addi, the son of Cosam,
the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer,
the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon,
the son of Judah, the son of Joseph,
the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna,
the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan,(AJ)
the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse,
the son of Obed, the son of Boaz,
the son of Salmon,[d] the son of Nahshon,
33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,[e]
the son of Hezron, the son of Perez,(AK)
the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob,
the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,
the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,(AL)
35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu,
the son of Peleg, the son of Eber,
the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad,(AM) the son of Shem,
the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,(AN)
37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel,
the son of Kenan,(AO) 38 the son of Enosh,
the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
the son of God.(AP)
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness(AQ)
4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,(AR) left the Jordan(AS) and was led by the Spirit(AT) into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days(AU) he was tempted[f] by the devil.(AV) He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God,(AW) tell this stone to become bread.”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.(AY) 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me,(AZ) and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
16 He went to Nazareth,(BI) where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue,(BJ) as was his custom. He stood up to read,(BK) 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,(BL)
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news(BM) 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,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[k](BN)
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.(BO) The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled(BP) in your hearing.”
22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.(BQ)
24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.(BT) 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.(BU) 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.(BV) 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[l] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”(BW)
28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town,(BX) and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.(BY)
Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit(BZ)
33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us,(CD) Jesus of Nazareth?(CE) Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are(CF)—the Holy One of God!”(CG)
35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly.(CH) “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
36 All the people were amazed(CI) and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority(CJ) and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.(CK)
38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked(CN) the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,(CO) he healed them.(CP) 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”(CQ) But he rebuked(CR) them and would not allow them to speak,(CS) because they knew he was the Messiah.
42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God(CT) to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.(CU)
- Luke 3:6 Isaiah 40:3-5
- Luke 3:16 Or in
- Luke 3:16 Or in
- Luke 3:32 Some early manuscripts Sala
- Luke 3:33 Some manuscripts Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni; other manuscripts vary widely.
- Luke 4:2 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
- Luke 4:4 Deut. 8:3
- Luke 4:8 Deut. 6:13
- Luke 4:11 Psalm 91:11,12
- Luke 4:12 Deut. 6:16
- Luke 4:19 Isaiah 61:1,2 (see Septuagint); Isaiah 58:6
- Luke 4:27 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.