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Luke 4:33-36 - In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon...

NIV In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!"

"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!"
KJV And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
NASBIn the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, "Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, "What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out."
Luke 4:33-36


Demon-possession was prevalent in Christ's time, and on numerous occasions Christ cast out these fallen angels. In the synagogue at Nazareth one such demon spoke to Christ from out of his human captive's body. Jesus rebuked him as an improper source for proclaiming who Christ was. Jesus' fame was spreading rapidly in every direction.

KJV Bible commentary. 1997, c1994 (2020). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Did you know?

Demons always recognized Christ immediately (cf. v. Luke 41; Luke 8:28; Matt. 8:29; Mark 1:24; 3:11; 5:7)

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Lk 4:34). Nashville: Word Pub.

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