Day 48

Luke 4

4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 

4:2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. 

4:3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." 

4:4 Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"{Deuteronomy 8:3} 

4:5 The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

4:6 The devil said to him, "I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. 

4:7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours." 

4:8 Jesus answered him, "Get behind me Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'"{Deuteronomy 6:13} 

4:9 He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 

4:10 for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;' 

4:11 and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'"{Psalm 91:11-12} 

4:12 Jesus answering, said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"{Deuteronomy 6:16} 

4:13 When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time. 

4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. 

4:15 He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 

4:16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 

4:17 The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 

4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,{NU omits "to heal the brokenhearted"} to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, 

4:19 and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."{Isaiah 61:1-2} 

4:20 He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 

4:21 He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 

4:22 All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?" 

4:23 He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'" 

4:24 He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 

4:25 But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. 

4:26 Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 

4:27 There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian." 

4:28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 

4:29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 

4:30 But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way. 

4:31 He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, 

4:32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 

4:33 In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 

4:34 saying, "Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!"

4:35 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 

4:36 Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!" 

4:37 News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region. 

4:38 He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a great fever, and they begged him for her. 

4:39 He stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them. 

4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 

4:41 Demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Rebuking them, he didn't allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 

4:42 When it was day, he departed and went into an uninhabited place, and the multitudes looked for him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he wouldn't go away from them. 

4:43 But he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent." 

4:44 He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. 

 

1 Thessalonians 1

1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

1:2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 

1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. 

1:4 We know, brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} loved by God, that you are chosen, 

1:5 and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be among you for your sake. 

1:6 You became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 

1:7 so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 

1:8 For from you the word of the Lord has been declared, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone out; so that we need not to say anything. 

1:9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 

1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. 

 

1 Thessalonians 2

2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain, 

2:2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. 

2:3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception. 

2:4 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts. 

2:5 For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness), 

2:6 nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ. 

2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 

2:8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us. 

2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God. 

2:10 You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe. 

2:11 As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children, 

2:12 to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory. 

2:13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe. 

2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews; 

2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn't please God, and are contrary to all men; 

2:16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost. 

2:17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, 

2:18 because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us. 

2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus{TR adds "Christ"} at his coming? 

2:20 For you are our glory and our joy.