Capernaum

Capernaum (Kuh-puhr´nay-uhm; Heb., “village of Nahum”)

A town on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, about two and a half miles from the mouth of the Jordan River. Capernaum was the center of Jesus’s Galilean ministry (Matt 4:13). Here he healed the centurion’s son (Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; John 4:46-54) and engaged in other healing, teaching, and exorcising (Matt 17:24; Mark 2:1; Luke 4:23; Luke 4:31; John 2:12; John 6:17; John 6:24). In particular, Jesus was active in the synagogue (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and in “Peter’s house” (Matt 8:14-17; Mark 1:29-34; Mark 9:33). In spite of all his work there, however, Jesus apparently felt rejected by the people of Capernaum and cursed the town (Matt 11:23-24; Luke 10:15).

Matt 4:13

13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,

Matt 8:5-13

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant
5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed ... View more

Luke 7:1-10

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant
1After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.2A centurion there had a slave wh ... View more

John 4:46-54

Jesus Heals an Official's Son
46Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill ... View more

Matt 17:24

Jesus and the Temple Tax
24When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?”

Mark 2:1

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
1When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.

Luke 4:23

23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we ha ... View more

Luke 4:31

The Man with an Unclean Spirit
31He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath.

John 2:12

12After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.

John 6:17

17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

John 6:24

24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

Mark 1:21

The Man with an Unclean Spirit
21They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.

John 6:59

59He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

Matt 8:14-17

Jesus Heals Many at Peter's House
14When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever;15he touched her hand, and the fever le ... View more

Mark 1:29-34

Jesus Heals Many at Simon's House
29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.30Now Simon's mother-in- ... View more

Mark 9:33

Who Is the Greatest?
33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”

Matt 11:23-24

23And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven?
No, you will be brought down to Hades.
For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it wou ... View more

Luke 10:15

15And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven?
No, you will be brought down to Hades.

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