Testament of Matthew

Matthew 4


1. Then Jesus was taken by the holy Spirit to the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil.
2. And he fasted forty days and forty nights. Finally, he became hungry.
3. Then the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become bread."
4. But he replied and said, "It is written,

'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God.' "

5. Then the devil took him to the holy city and stood him on the parapet of the temple,
6. And he told him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down, for it is written, 'He will put His angels at your command and they will lift you on their hands, so your foot will not touch the stone.' "

7. Jesus told him, "Again, it is written,
...'You shall not tempt the Lord, your God.' "

8. Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory,
9. And he told him, "All these I will give you, if you fall down and worship me."
10. Then Jesus told him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

'Your Lord God you shall worship and for him alone you shall work.' "

11. Then the devil left him, and behold, the angels came and ministered to him.

12. Then when Jesus heard that John was betrayed, he moved to Galilee,
13. And he left Nazareth, and he came and lived in Capernaum on the edge of the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali;
14. So that what Isaiah the prophet had said may be fulfilled, when he said,

15. "Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
the sea route, at the crossing of Jordan River;
Revelation of God to the nations*
16."The nation that sat in darkness,
saw a great light,
And those that sat in the country,
in the shadows of death,
The light shined on them."

17. From then on Jesus began preaching and proclaiming, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is approaching."

18. And as he walked on the shore of the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was to be called Keepa* [Peter,] and Andrew, his brother, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishermen*,
19. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you hunters of humanity."
20. They at once left their nets and followed him.
21. And as he passed by there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the sailboat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and Jesus called them.
22. They at once left the sailboat and their father, and followed him.

23. And Jesus went all around Galilee and taught at their synagogues and preached the Hope of the Kingdom, and healed every affliction and sickness of the people.
24. And his name was heard in all of Syria,* and they brought to him all those who were terribly sick with all kinds of diseases, and those who were racked by torment and the demon possessed, and the lepers and the paralytics; and he healed them.
25. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and from the Decapolis* and from Jerusalem and from Jordan and from Judea and from the crossing of the Jordan River.
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*4:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: here "Galilee," or "Galeela," in its correct transliteration, means "Revelation of God"
*4:18.1 Lit. Ar. name: "Keepa," which means "Stone" or "Rock." "Peter" from Greek translations.
*4:18.2 In Aramaic, the word "Hunt" is used both regarding the hunting of animals and the catching of fish.
*4:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "He became famous."
*4:25 Aramaic name: "The Ten Cities."

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