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Matthew 4:12-17

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Preaching in Galilee

4:12 Now when Jesus 1  heard that John had been imprisoned, 2  he went into Galilee. 4:13 While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth 3  to make his home in Capernaum 4  by the sea, 5  in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 4:14 so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 6 

4:15Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles –

4:16 the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,

and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned. 7 

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: 8  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

1 tn Grk “he.”

2 tn Or “arrested,” “taken into custody” (see L&N 37.12).

3 map For location see Map1 D3; Map2 C2; Map3 D5; Map4 C1; Map5 G3.

4 tn Grk “and leaving Nazareth, he came and took up residence in Capernaum.”

sn Capernaum was a town located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, 680 ft (204 m) below sea level. It was a major trade and economic center in the North Galilean region, and it became the hub of operations for Jesus’ Galilean ministry.

map For location see Map1 D2; Map2 C3; Map3 B2.

5 tn Or “by the lake.”

sn By the sea refers to the Sea of Galilee.

6 tn The redundant participle λέγοντος (legontos) has not been translated here.

7 sn A quotation from Isa 9:1.

8 tn Grk “and to say.”



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