17 (A)From that time Jesus began to [a]preach and say, (B)Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [b]is at hand.”

The First Disciples

18 (C)Now as Jesus was walking by (D)the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, (E)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, [c]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, [d](F)James the son of Zebedee, and his brother [e]John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Ministry in Galilee

23 Jesus was going (G)about in all of Galilee, (H)teaching in their synagogues and (I)proclaiming the [f]gospel of the kingdom, and (J)healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

24 And the news about Him spread (K)throughout Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and severe pain, (L)demon-possessed, people with (M)epilepsy, and people who were (N)paralyzed; and He healed them. 25 Large crowds (O)followed Him from Galilee and (P)the Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from (Q)beyond the Jordan.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 4:17 Or proclaim
  2. Matthew 4:17 Lit has come near
  3. Matthew 4:19 Or Come after Me
  4. Matthew 4:21 Or Jacob
  5. Matthew 4:21 Gr Joannes, for Heb Johanan
  6. Matthew 4:23 Or good news