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Luke 4:1-13New King James Version (NKJV)

Satan Tempts Jesus

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

But Jesus answered him, saying,[b] “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”[c]

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him[d] all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan![e] For[f] it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”[g]

Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

11 and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’[h]

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”[i]

13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 4:1 NU-Text reads in.
  2. Luke 4:4 Deuteronomy 8:3
  3. Luke 4:4 NU-Text omits but by every word of God.
  4. Luke 4:5 NU-Text reads And taking Him up, he showed Him.
  5. Luke 4:8 NU-Text omits Get behind Me, Satan.
  6. Luke 4:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit For.
  7. Luke 4:8 Deuteronomy 6:13
  8. Luke 4:11 Psalm 91:11, 12
  9. Luke 4:12 Deuteronomy 6:16
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