17 From that time Jesus began to [a]preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The First Disciples
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.19 And He *said to them, “[b]Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, [c]James the son of Zebedee, and [d]John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, 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 throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the [e]gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
24 The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, [f]epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.25 Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and frombeyond the Jordan.
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