The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 4
THEN Jeshu was led by the Spirit of Holiness into the desert, that he should be tempted by the Accuser.
And he fasted forty days and forty nights; but afterward he hungered.
And he who tempteth approached and said,
If the Son thou art of Aloha, say that these stones shall become bread.
But he answered and said,
It is written that not by bread alone liveth the Son of man, but by every word which proceedeth from the mouth of Aloha.
Then the Accuser taketh him to the holy city, and caused him to stand on the pinnacle of the temple; and said to him,
If the Son thou art of Aloha, throw thyself down; for it is written that his angels he shall command concerning thee, and upon their hands they shall bear thee, that thou strike not against a stone thy foot.
Jeshu said to him,
Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy Aloha.
Again the Accuser took him to a mountain which is exceeding high, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and said to him,
These all to thee will I give, if thou wilt fall and worship me,
Then said Jeshu to him,
Away with thee, Satana ! for it is written that the Lord thy Aloha thou shalt worship, and him only thou shalt serve.
Then the Accuser left him, and, behold, the angels drew nigh and ministered unto him.
BUT when Jeshu heard that Juchanan was perfected, he removed into Galila.
And he left Natsrath, and came and dwelt in Kaphar-Nachum by the sea-side 9 on the borders of Zabolon and of Naptholi.
That the thing might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Eshaia, who said,
The land of Zabolon, the land of Naptholi, the way of the sea beyond Jurdan, Galila of the peoples.
The people who sat in darkness the great light hath seen; and they who have sat in the region and shadow of death, the light has arisen upon them.
From that time began Jeshu to preach, and to say,
Repent ! for the kingdom of heaven hath drawn nigh.
And while he walked by the sea of Galila, he saw two brethren, Shemun who was called Kipha, and Andreas his brother, who were casting their nets into the sea, for they were fishers.
And Jeshu said to them,
Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
And they immediately forsook their nets and went after him.
And when he had passed thence, he saw two other brethren, Jakub-bar-Zabdai and Juchanan his brother, in a vessel with Zabdai their father, repairing their nets:
and Jeshu called them; and they forthwith left the vessel and their father, and went after him.
And Jeshu perambulated all Galila, and taught in their synagogues, 1 and preached the announcement of the kingdom, and healed all disease and affliction in the people.
And his fame was heard in all Suria; and they brought to him all those who were grievously affected with various diseases, and those who were pressed down by strong pains, and demoniacs, and lunatics, and the paralysed; and he healed them.
And there went after him great gatherings from Galila, and from the ten cities, and from Urishlem, and from Jehud, and from beyond Jurdan.
9 By the hand of the sea.
1 Or assemblies, congregations.