Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness,
where the Devil tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry.
Then the Devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread."
But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People need more than bread for their life.' a "5
Then the Devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
The Devil told him, "I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them -- because they are mine to give to anyone I please.
I will give it all to you if you will bow down and worship me."
Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say, 'You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.' b " 9
Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off!
For the Scriptures say, 'He orders his angels to protect and guard you.
And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.' c "
Jesus responded, "The Scriptures also say, 'Do not test the Lord your God.' d "13
When the Devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit's power. Soon he became well known throughout the surrounding country.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)