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Luke 4:1-13 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Jesus Is Tempted by the Devil

Now filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan River. And then the Spirit led him into the desert. There the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during this time, and when it was finished, he was very hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say,

‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.’”

Then the devil took Jesus and in a moment of time showed him all the kingdoms of the world. The devil said to him, “I will make you king over all these places. You will have power over them, and you will get all the glory. It has all been given to me. I can give it to anyone I want. I will give it all to you, if you will only worship me.”

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God.
    Serve only him.’”

Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem and put him on a high place at the edge of the Temple area. He said to him, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10 The Scriptures say,

‘God will command his angels
    to take care of you.’

11 It is also written,

‘Their hands will catch you
    so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’”

12 Jesus answered, “But the Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”[a]

13 The devil finished tempting Jesus in every way and went away to wait until a better time.


  1. Luke 4:12 Quote from Deut. 6:16.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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