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Matthew 4:1-11Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

The Temptation of Jesus

Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. He was taken there to be tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. The devil[a] came to tempt him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.”

Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say,

‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.
    Their lives depend on what God says.’”

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

‘God will command his angels to help you,
    and their hands will catch you,
so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’”

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

Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and all the wonderful things in them. The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Get away from me, Satan! The Scriptures say,

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

11 So the devil left him. Then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 4:3 The devil Literally, “The tempter.”
  2. Matthew 4:7 Quote from Deuteronomy 6:16.
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