Matthew 4:1-11 New International Version

The Temptation of Jesus

4 1  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[1] by the devil. 2  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3  The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4  Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'[2]" 5  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6  "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'[3] " 7  Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'[4]" 8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9  "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 10  Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'[5]" 11  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.


[1] 4:1 The Greek for "tempted" can also mean "tested" .

[2] 4:4 Deut. 8:3

[3] 4:6 Psalm 91:11,12

[4] 4:7 Deut. 6:16

[5] 4:10 Deut. 6:13

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