John the Baptist Preaches

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when (A)Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and (B)Herod was tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of (C)Annas and (D)Caiaphas, (E)the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. And he came into all (F)the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance [a]for the forgiveness of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

(G)The voice of one calling [b]out in the wilderness,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight!
(H)Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be lowered;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
(I)And all [c]flesh will (J)see the salvation of God!’”

So he was saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “(K)You [d]offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore produce fruits that are consistent with repentance, and (L)do not start saying [e]to yourselves, ‘(M)We have Abraham as our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children for Abraham. But indeed the axe is already being laid at the root of the trees; so (N)every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “(O)Then what are we to do?” 11 And he would answer and say to them, “The one who has two [f]tunics is to (P)share with the one who has none; and the one who has food is to do likewise.” 12 Now even (Q)tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what are we to do?” 13 And he said to them, “[g]Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.” 14 And soldiers also were questioning him, saying, “What are we to do, we as well?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone, nor [h](R)harass anyone, and (S)be content with your wages.”

15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and they all were thinking carefully in their hearts about John, (T)whether he himself perhaps was the [i]Christ, 16 (U)John responded to them all, saying, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but He is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the straps of His sandals; He will baptize you [j]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His (V)winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with (W)unquenchable fire.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But when (X)Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him regarding (Y)Herodias, his brother’s wife, and regarding all the evil things which (Z)Herod had done, 20 Herod also added this to them all: (AA)he locked John up in prison.

Jesus Is Baptized

21 (AB)Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized, and while He was (AC)praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven: “(AD)You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased.”

Genealogy of Jesus

23 (AE)When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years old, being, as was commonly held, the son of (AF)Joseph, [k]the son of [l]Eli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of [m]Hesli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, (AG)the son of Zerubbabel, the son of [n]Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of [o]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 [p]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, the son of David, 32 (AH)the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of [q]Salmon, the son of [r]Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of [s]Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, (AI)the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of [t]Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of [u]Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, (AJ)the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

The Temptation of Jesus

(AK)Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, (AL)returned from the Jordan and was led around [v]by the Spirit in the wilderness for (AM)forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written: ‘(AN)Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

(AO)And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of [w](AP)the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and [x]its glory, (AQ)for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I want. Therefore if You [y]worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” Jesus replied to him, “It is written: ‘(AR)You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”

(AS)And he brought Him into Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written:

(AT)He will give His angels orders concerning You, to protect You,’

11 and,

(AU)On their hands they will lift You up,
So that You do not strike Your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been stated, ‘(AV)You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

13 And so when the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.

Jesus’ Public Ministry

14 And (AW)Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and (AX)news about Him spread through all the surrounding region. 15 And He began (AY)teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16 And He came to (AZ)Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, (BA)He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and (BB)stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to Him. And He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 (BC)The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19 (BD)To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

20 And He (BE)rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and (BF)sat down; and the eyes of all the people in the synagogue were intently directed at Him. 21 Now He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your [z]hearing.” 22 And all the people were [aa]speaking well of Him, and admiring the [ab]gracious words which were coming from His [ac]lips; and yet they were saying, “(BG)Is this not Joseph’s son?” 23 And He said to them, “No doubt you will [ad]quote this proverb to Me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! All the miracles that we heard were done (BH)in Capernaum, do here in (BI)your hometown as well.’” 24 But He said, “Truly I say to you, (BJ)no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel (BK)in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a [ae]severe famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to [af](BL)Zarephath, in the land of (BM)Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many with leprosy in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was [ag]cleansed, but only (BN)Naaman the Syrian.” 28 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and (BO)drove Him out of the city, and brought Him to the [ah]crest of the hill on which their city had been built, so that they could throw Him down from the cliff. 30 But He (BP)passed through their midst and went on His way.

31 And (BQ)He came down to (BR)Capernaum, a city of Galilee; and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and (BS)they were amazed at His teaching, because (BT)His [ai]message was delivered with authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man [aj]possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Leave us alone! [ak](BU)What business do You have with us, Jesus [al]of (BV)Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—(BW)the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus (BX)rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, it came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another, saying, “What is [am]this message? For (BY)with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And (BZ)the news about Him was spreading into every locality of the surrounding region.

Many Are Healed

38 (CA)Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was (CB)suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him [an]to help her. 39 And standing over her, He (CC)rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and served them.

40 (CD)Now while (CE)the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He was (CF)laying His hands on each one of them and (CG)healing them. 41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are (CH)the Son of God!” And yet He was (CI)rebuking them and would (CJ)not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the [ao]Christ.

42 (CK)Now when day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and they came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. 43 But He said to them, “I must also preach the kingdom of God to the other cities, (CL)because I was sent for this purpose.”

44 So He kept on preaching in the synagogues (CM)of [ap]Judea.

The First Disciples

(CN)Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by (CO)the lake of Gennesaret; and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. And (CP)He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the land. And He sat down and continued teaching the crowds from the boat. Now when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and (CQ)let down your nets for a catch.” Simon responded and said, “(CR)Master, (CS)we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but [aq]I will do as You say and let down the nets.” And when they had done this, (CT)they caught a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to tear; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, to the point that they were sinking. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and likewise also were [ar]James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, (CU)Do not fear; from now on you will be (CV)catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to land, (CW)they left everything and followed Him.

A Man with Leprosy Healed

12 (CX)While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man [as]covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 And He reached out with His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He ordered him to tell no one, saying, “But go and (CY)show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 15 But (CZ)the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away [at]to the [au]wilderness and (DA)pray.

A Man Lowered Through a Roof

17 [av]One day He was teaching, and (DB)there were some Pharisees and (DC)teachers of the Law sitting there who had (DD)come from every village of Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem; and (DE)the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 (DF)And some men were carrying a man on a stretcher who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But when they did not find any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on (DG)the roof and let him down (DH)through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 And seeing their faith, He said, [aw]Friend, (DI)your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The scribes and the Pharisees (DJ)began thinking of the implications, saying, “(DK)Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? (DL)Who can forgive sins, except God alone?” 22 But Jesus, [ax]aware of their thoughts, responded and said to them, “Why are you thinking this way in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He said to the (DM)man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher, and go home.” 25 And immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home (DN)glorifying God. 26 And [ay]they were all struck with astonishment and began (DO)glorifying God. They were also filled (DP)with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today!”

Call of Levi (Matthew)

27 (DQ)After that He went out and looked at a tax collector named [az](DR)Levi sitting in the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 And he (DS)left everything behind, and got up and began following Him.

29 And (DT)Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a large crowd of (DU)tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. 30 (DV)The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling to His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and [ba]sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered and said to them, (DW)It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”

33 And they said to Him, “(DX)The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do [bb]the same, but Yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the [bc]attendants of the groom fast while the groom is with them, can you? 35 (DY)But the days will come; and when the groom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” 36 And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the patch from the new garment will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one, after drinking old wine wants new; for he says, ‘The old is fine.’”


  1. Luke 3:3 Or with reference to
  2. Luke 3:4 Or out, Prepare in the wilderness the way
  3. Luke 3:6 I.e., mankind
  4. Luke 3:7 Or brood
  5. Luke 3:8 Or among
  6. Luke 3:11 A long shirt worn next to the skin
  7. Luke 3:13 Lit Do
  8. Luke 3:14 Or blackmail
  9. Luke 3:15 I.e., Messiah
  10. Luke 3:16 The Gr here can be translated in, with, or by
  11. Luke 3:23 Lit of Eli, and so throughout the genealogy
  12. Luke 3:23 Also spelled Heli
  13. Luke 3:25 Also spelled Esli
  14. Luke 3:27 Gr Salathiel; names of people in the Old Testament are given in their Old Testament form through v 38
  15. Luke 3:29 Gr Jesus
  16. Luke 3:30 Gr Judas
  17. Luke 3:32 Gr Sala
  18. Luke 3:32 Gr Naasson
  19. Luke 3:33 Gr Arni
  20. Luke 3:35 Gr Ragau
  21. Luke 3:35 Gr Eber
  22. Luke 4:1 Or under the influence of; lit in
  23. Luke 4:5 Lit the inhabited earth
  24. Luke 4:6 Lit their (referring to the kingdoms in v 5)
  25. Luke 4:7 Or bow down before
  26. Luke 4:21 Lit ears
  27. Luke 4:22 Or testifying
  28. Luke 4:22 Lit words of grace
  29. Luke 4:22 Lit mouth
  30. Luke 4:23 Lit tell me this
  31. Luke 4:25 Lit great
  32. Luke 4:26 Gr Sarepta
  33. Luke 4:27 I.e., healed
  34. Luke 4:29 Lit brow
  35. Luke 4:32 Lit word
  36. Luke 4:33 Lit having a spirit
  37. Luke 4:34 Lit What to us and to you (an ancient idiom)
  38. Luke 4:34 Lit the Nazarene
  39. Luke 4:36 Or this word, that with authority...come out?
  40. Luke 4:38 Lit about her
  41. Luke 4:41 I.e., Messiah
  42. Luke 4:44 I.e., the country of the Jews (including Galilee)
  43. Luke 5:5 Lit upon Your word
  44. Luke 5:10 Or Jacob
  45. Luke 5:12 Lit full of
  46. Luke 5:16 Lit in
  47. Luke 5:16 Or deserted places
  48. Luke 5:17 Lit On one of the days
  49. Luke 5:20 Lit Man
  50. Luke 5:22 Or perceiving
  51. Luke 5:26 Lit astonishment took them all
  52. Luke 5:27 Also called Matthew
  53. Luke 5:30 I.e., irreligious Jews
  54. Luke 5:33 Lit likewise
  55. Luke 5:34 Lit sons of the bridal chamber

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