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He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up;
and according to his custom on the day of the Sabbath
he entered the synagogue, and he stood up to read.
A scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him,
and having opened the scroll
he found the place where it was written,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for which he anointed me
to bring the good message to the poor;
he has sent me to proclaim to the captives release,
and to the blind, sight;
to send the oppressed release;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

Having rolled up the scroll
and having given it back to the attendant, he sat down,
and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue
were fixed upon him.

He began to speak to them,
"Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Everyone witnessed him
and marveled at the words of grace coming out of his mouth,
and they said, "Isn't this the son of Joseph?"

He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb:
'Physician, heal yourself;
what we have heard of happening in Capernaum,
do here in your homeland.'
Amen, I tell you that no prophet is accepted in his homeland.

"But in truth I tell you,
many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah,
when the heavens were shut for three years and six months,
when great famine came upon all the earth,
and to none of them was Elijah sent
except to the widow Zarephath of Sidon.

"Also many lepers were in Israel
in the time of Elisha the prophet,
and none of them were cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."

Everyone in the synagogue hearing these things
was filled with anger,
and getting up they threw him out outside the town,
and led him to the cliff of the mountain
upon which their town was built,
in order to throw him down;
but passing through between them he traveled on.

Leaving behind Nazareth
he settled in Capernaum by the sea
in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali;
that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah
might be fulfilled:

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
way by the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the nations,
the people sitting in darkness saw a great light,
and to those sitting in the country
and the shadow of death,
a light has dawned for them.

19. Jesus Is Thrown Out of Nazareth Harmony 19 * Interpretation 19
20. Jesus Fishes with the Disciples Harmony 20 * Synthesis 20 * Interpretation 20

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