17 From that time Jesus began to [a]preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [b]is at hand.”
The First Disciples
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.19 And He *said to them, “[c]Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.”20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, [d]James the son of Zebedee, and his brother [e]John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them.22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Ministry in Galilee
23 Jesus was going about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the [f]gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
24 And the news about Him spread throughout Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and severe pain, demon-possessed, people with epilepsy, and people who were paralyzed; and He healed them.25 Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and frombeyond the Jordan.
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