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Then the tempter came to entice him to provide food by doing a miracle. So he said to Jesus, “How can you possibly be the Son of God and go hungry? Just order these stones to be turned into loaves of bread.”

He answered, “The Scriptures say:

Bread alone will not satisfy,[a]
    but true life is found in every word,
    which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.”[b]

Then the accuser transported Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem and perched him at the highest point[c] of the temple

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  1. Matthew 4:4 Or “Man will not live by bread alone.” The Aramaic is Bar-nasha and can be translated “The Son of Man will not live by bread alone.”
  2. Matthew 4:4 See Deut. 8:3. God had not given Jesus permission to turn stones into bread, and Jesus would not be pushed into prematurely demonstrating his power. He was content with the timing of his Father. He refused to turn stones into bread to feed himself, but he multiplied bread for his hungry followers. Today he is still turning hearts of stone into living bread that will feed the nations with truth.
  3. Matthew 4:5 Or “wing.” See Ps. 91:4.