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The New King James Version

Matthew 4:2–11:25

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And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, cMan shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Second Temptation

Luke 4:9–12

Then the devil took Him up dinto the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

e‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

f“In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, gYou shall not 1tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Third Temptation

Mark 1:13; Luke 4:5–8, 13

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and hshowed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, 2“Away with you, Satan! For it is written, iYou shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

11 Then the devil jleft Him, and behold, kangels came and ministered to Him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Mark 1:14, 15; Luke 4:14, 31

12 lNow when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

15The mland of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles:

16 nThe people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,

And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death

Light has dawned.”

17 oFrom that time Jesus began to preach and to say, p“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven 3is at hand.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

Mark 1:16–20

18 qAnd Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon rcalled Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and sI will make you fishers of men.” 20 tThey immediately left their nets and followed Him.

21 uGoing on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Jesus Ministers in Galilee

Mark 1:39; Luke 4:44

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, vteaching in their synagogues, preaching wthe gospel of the kingdom, xand healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then 4His fame went throughout all Syria; and they ybrought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 zGreat multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from 5Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

The Beatitudes

Luke 6:20–26

5 And seeing the multitudes, aHe went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and btaught them, saying:

3 “Blessed care the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 dBlessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.

5 eBlessed are the meek,

For fthey shall inherit the 1earth.

6 Blessed are those who ghunger and thirst for righteousness,

hFor they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,

iFor they shall obtain mercy.

8 jBlessed are the pure in heart,

For kthey shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.

10 lBlessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 m“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of nevil against you falsely for My sake. 12 oRejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for pso they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The Similitudes

13 “You are the salt of the earth; qbut if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 r“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they slight a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, tthat they may see your good works and uglorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus Fulfills the Law

17 v“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, wtill heaven and earth pass away, one 2jot or one 3tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 xWhoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds ythe righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder

21 “You have heard that it was said to those 4of old, zYou shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that awhoever is angry with his brother 5without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, b‘Raca!’ 6shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 7‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of 8hell fire. 23 Therefore cif you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 dleave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 eAgree with your adversary quickly, fwhile you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery

27 “You have heard that it was said 9to those of old, gYou shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever hlooks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 iIf your right eye causes you to 1sin, jpluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to 2sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Divorce

31 “Furthermore it has been said, k‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that lwhoever divorces his wife for any reason except 3sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that mit was said to those of 4old, n‘You shall not swear falsely, but oshall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, pdo not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is qGod’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of rthe great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 sBut let 5your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Retaliation

38 “You have heard that it was said, tAn eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 uBut I tell you not to resist an evil person. vBut whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever wcompels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and xfrom him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love

Luke 6:27, 32

43 “You have heard that it was said, yYou shall love your neighbor zand hate your enemy.’ 44 6But I say to you, alove your enemies, bless those who curse you, bdo good to those who hate you, and pray cfor those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for dHe makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 eFor if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your 7brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the 8tax collectors do so? 48 fTherefore you shall be perfect, just gas your Father in heaven is perfect.

Charitable Deeds

6 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, awhen you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret bwill Himself reward you 1openly.

Prayer

Luke 11:2–4

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the 2hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, cgo into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you 3openly. And when you pray, ddo not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. eFor they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father fknows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this

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