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16–17 When he came to Nazareth,[a] where he had been raised, he went into the synagogue, as he always did on the Sabbath day. When Jesus came to the front to read the Scriptures,[b] they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and read where it is written,

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  1. Luke 4:16 This is Netzaret, which is taken from the Hebrew word for “branch” or “sprout.”
  2. Luke 4:16 It was the custom of the day to read the Scriptures in Hebrew and then paraphrase it into Aramaic, the common language of that day.