Jesus Begins His Ministry

12 Now when Jesus heard that (A)John had been taken into custody, (B)He withdrew into Galilee; 13 and leaving Nazareth, He came and (C)settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled:

15 (D)The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
[a]By the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the [b]Gentiles
16 (E)The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.”

17 (F)From that time Jesus began to [c]preach and say, (G)Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [d]is at hand.”

The First Disciples

18 (H)Now as Jesus was walking by (I)the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, (J)Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, [e]Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, [f](K)James the son of Zebedee, and his brother [g]John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them.

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  1. Matthew 4:15 Or Toward the sea
  2. Matthew 4:15 Lit nations, usually non-Jewish
  3. Matthew 4:17 Or proclaim
  4. Matthew 4:17 Lit has come near
  5. Matthew 4:19 Or Come after Me
  6. Matthew 4:21 Or Jacob
  7. Matthew 4:21 Gr Joannes, for Heb Johanan

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