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Temptation in the Wilderness

Yeshua, now filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh, returned from the Jordan. He was led by the Ruach in the wilderness for forty days, being tested by the devil. Now He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry.

The devil said to Him, “If You are Ben-Elohim, tell this stone to become bread.”

Yeshua answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”[a]

And leading Him up, the devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. And the devil said to Him, “I’ll give to You all this authority along with its glory, because it has been handed over to me and I can give it to anyone I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all this shall be Yours.”

But answering, Yeshua told him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship Adonai your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”[b]

Then he brought Yeshua to Jerusalem and placed Him on the highest point of the Temple. He said to Him, “If You are Ben-Elohim, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written,

‘He will command His angels concerning you,
    to guard you,’[c]
11 and ‘upon their hands they will lift you up,
so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.’”[d]

12 But answering, Yeshua said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put Adonai your God to the test.’” [e] 13 And when the devil had completed every test, he departed from Him until another occasion.

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  1. Luke 4:4 Deut. 8:3.
  2. Luke 4:8 Deut. 6:13; some mss. begin: “Get behind Me, satan! It is written. . .”
  3. Luke 4:10 Ps. 91:11.
  4. Luke 4:11 Ps. 91:12.
  5. Luke 4:13 Deut. 6:16.