Jesus and his disciples entered Capernaum; and on the next Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach. And the people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue that day was a man under the power of an unclean spirit, who cried out, |What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you are God's Holy One.| But Jesus reproved the unclean spirit, saying, |Be still, and come out of him.| Then the unclean spirit, after convulsing the man, came out of him with a loud cry. The people were so astonished that they began to ask one another, |What is this? Is it a new teaching? With authority he commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.| So the news about Jesus spread at once in every direction all through the country about Galilee.
After leaving the synagogue they went straight to the house of Simon and Andrew; and James and John went with them. The mother of Simon's wife was ill in bed with a fever; so at once they told Jesus about her. He went to her and, taking her by the hand, lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to wait upon them.
In the evening, after the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick or under the control of evil spirits, until all the people of the city were gathered at the door. He healed many who were sick with different kinds of diseases, and cast out many evil spirits, but would not let them speak, because they knew who he was.
One day a leper came to him and on bended knees begged him: |If you will, you can make me clean.| Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said, |I will; be cleansed!| At once the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. Then Jesus, after strictly warning him, sent him away with the command, |See that you do not say a word to any one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer what Moses commanded as proof to them that you are clean.| But the man went away and began to tell every one about it, so that Jesus could no longer enter a city openly, but had to stay outside in lonely places; and people from everywhere came to him.