Matthew 4:1-4

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] 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.’[b]

Matthew 4:1-4 In-Context

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted 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.’”
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.’ ”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Hebrews 4:15
  • 2. Genesis 3:1-7
  • 3. Exodus 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8
  • 4. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
  • 5. S Matthew 3:17; Matthew 14:33; Matthew 16:16; Matthew 27:54; Mark 3:11; Luke 1:35; Luke 22:70; John 1:34,49; John 5:25; John 11:27; John 20:31; Acts 9:20; Romans 1:4; 1Jn 5:10-13,20; Revelation 2:18
  • 6. Deuteronomy 8:3; John 4:34

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The Greek for "tempted" can also mean "tested" .
  • [b]. Deut. 8:3
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