Rejected at Nazareth
Interwoven Gospels

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And He entered, according to His custom on the Sabbath day, into the synagogue, and stood up to read. And there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah, And having unrolled the book, He found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me: Wherefore He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to proclaim deliverance! to captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To send away the oppressed in freedom, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

And having rolled up the book and given it back to the attendant, He sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. Then He began to say to them: "Today hath this scripture been fulfilled in your ears." And all bore witness to Him, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is not this the son of Joseph?"

And He said to them, "Surely ye will say to Me this parable, 'Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we heard of as being done in Capernaum, do also here in Thy country." Then He said, "Verily, I say to you, that no prophet is acceptable in his own country. But, in truth, I say to you, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine upon all the land; and to none of them was Elijah sent, except to Zarephath, of Sidon, to a Gentile widow woman. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them were cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian, a Gentile."

And all in the synagogue were filled with wrath on hearing these things about Gentiles; and rising up, they thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the mountain on which their city was built, to throw Him down headlong. But He, passing through the midst of them, went away.

And leaving Nazareth, He came down and dwelt in Capernaum, a city of Galilee, by the seaside, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, The way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations: The people that sat in darkness Saw a great Light, And to those sitting in a land and shadow of death. To them did Light arise."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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