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over Judæa in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there ; and being warned in a dream he withdrew into the parts of Galilee, and came and lived in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, that he should be called a Nazarene.

Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, saying:

“Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness :

Make ready the way of the Lord.

Make his paths straight.” John had his clothes of camel's hair and a leather girdle round his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Then were going out to him Jerusalem, all Judæa, and all the country round about Jordan, and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them :

“ You brood of vipers ! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?


So bring forth fruit
Worthy of repentance.
And do not think to say to yourselves :
Abraham is our father.
For I tell you, God is able from these stones

To raise up children to Abraham.
Yes, even now the ax is lying.
At the root of the trees.
So every tree that is not bringing forth good

fruit Is to be cut down and thrown into the fire.

I, indeed, am baptizing you with water to

repentance. But he who is coming after me is mightier

than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit

and with fire. His fan is in his hand, He will thoroughly clean his threshing

floor. He will gather his wheat into his barn, But the chaff he will burn up with unquench

able fire."

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him. But John would have hindered him, saying:


“I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

“ Allow me now,” Jesus answered him. "For thus it is becoming in us to satisfy every religious requirement."

Then he allowed him.

And when he was baptized, Jesus at once went up from the water, and the heavens were opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him, and a voice out of the heavens :

“This is my loved Son,

In him I am well pleased." Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards hungry.

Then the tempter came to him :

“ If you are the Son of God," he said, mand these stones to become bread.”

“ It is written," answered Jesus : “ Man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word which comes out of the mouth of

God.” Then the devil took him into the Holy City, and set him on the parapet of the temple :


you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written :



He shall give his angels charge over thee,

And on their hands they shall bear thee up,

Lest thou strike thy foot against a stone." “ It is written again,” said Jesus :

Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur :

“ I will give you all these,” he said, “ if you will fall down and worship me.” Go away, Satan! For it is written :

Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,

And him only shalt thou serve." Then the devil left him, and angels came and waited on him.

Now when he heard John was delivere up went into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he came and lived in Capernaum which is by the sea in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet :

The land of Zebulun,

And the land of Naphtali,
Toward the sea, beyond Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles,
The people sitting in darkness

Saw a great light.


To those sitting in the land and shadow of death,

To those light sprang up. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say :

“Repent. For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers ; and he said to them :

Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

They at once left the nets and followed him.

Going 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.

They at once left the boat and their father and followed him.

He was going round in all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of sickness among the people. And the report of him spread through all Syria : and they brought to him all those who were sick with different diseases and torments, demoniacs, epileptic and palsied, and he cured them. And

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