Matthew 4 – I Will Make You Fishers of Men – The Gospels

Read Gospel of Matthew TextThen Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. 2 And, after he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he became hungry. 3 And the tempter came to him, and said: “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus answered: “Scripture says: ‘It is not on bread alone that we are to live, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’“

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placing him on the parapet of the temple, said to him: 6 “If you are God’s Son, throw yourself down, for scripture says: ‘He will give his angels commands about thee, And on their hands they will bear thee up, lest ever thou should strike thy foot against a stone.’“ 7 “Scripture also says,” answered Jesus, “Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.’“

8 The third time, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain, and showing him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, said to him: 9 “All these I will give you, if you will fall at my feet and pay homage to me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him: “Begone, Satan! For scripture says: ‘Thou shall pay homage to the Lord thy God and worship him only.’“ 11 Then the devil left him alone, and angels came and ministered to him.1

12 When Jesus heard that John had been committed to prison, he retired to Galilee. 13 Afterwards, leaving Nazareth, he went and settled at Capernaum, which is by the side of the sea within the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 That these words by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the land of the road by the sea, and beyond the Jordan, with Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people who were dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who were dwelling in the shadow–land of death, a light has risen!’

17 At that time Jesus began to proclaim: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”2 18 As Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew—casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 “Come and follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 The two men left their nets at once and followed him.

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21 Going further on, he saw two other men who were also brothers, James, Zebediah’s son, and his brother John, in their boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus called them, 22 And they at once left their boat and their father, and followed him. 23 And Jesus went all through Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people;

24 And his fame spread all through Syria. They brought to him all who were ill with any form of disease, or who were suffering pain—any who were either possessed by demons, or were lunatic, or paralyzed; and he cured them. 25 And he was followed by large crowds from Galilee, the district of the ten towns, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.


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  1. Read Biblical discussion of the devil and Jesus’s temptation in the desert at: Lead Us Not Into Temptation. []
  2. Read discussion of this Gospel of Matthew passage about the kingdom of heaven in Chapter 4 of the Lord’s Prayer book: Thy Will Be Done. []