Matthew 4:1-9 NIV

The Temptation of Jesus

4:1-11pp -- Mk 1:12,13; Lk 4:1-13

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted1 by the devil.2

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2 After fasting forty days and forty nights,3 he was hungry.

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3 The tempter4 came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God,5 tell these stones to become bread."

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4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'a "6

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5 Then the devil took him to the holy city7 and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.

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6 "If you are the Son of God,"8 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.'b "9

References for Matthew 4:6

    • b 4:6 - Psalm 91:11,12
      7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'c "10

      References for Matthew 4:7

        • c 4:7 - Deut. 6:16
          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."