4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.
3The tempter came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.
4But he answered, It is written,
One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6saying to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
He will command his angels concerning you,
and On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
7Jesus said to him, Again it is 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 splendour;
9and he said to him, All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.
10Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.
11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
10 February 2011