The Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4

1 Then a Jesus was led up by b the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

4 But He answered and said, "It is written, c 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' " 1

5 Then the devil took Him up d into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
e 'He shall give His angels charge over you,'
and,
f 'In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' " 2

7 Jesus said to him, "It is written again, g 'You shall not 3 tempt the LORD your God.' " 4 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and h showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."

10 Then Jesus said to him, 5 "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, i 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' " 6

11 Then the devil j left Him, and behold, k angels came and ministered to Him.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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