Then I was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and nights, I was hungry. “If you are the Son of God,” said the tempter, “tell these stones to turn into bread.”

I answered, “The Scripture says, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Me to the holy city and set Me on the highest pinnacle of the temple. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “jump down. For the Scripture says, ‘He shall give His angels charge over you and on their hands they shall lift you up, so that you will not smash your foot against a stone.’”

I answered, “And the Scripture also says, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

Again, the devil took Me to a high mountain and showed Me all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give you these kingdoms,” he said to Me, “if you will fall down and worship me.”

“Get out of here, satan!” I replied. “The Scripture says, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”

Then the devil left Me alone, and angels came to strengthen Me.

#TrustMe.—I have given you all the resources you need to resist every temptation. I understand you and sympathize with your weaknesses because I was tempted in all parts of My being, just as you are, yet I did not sin. So come boldly to My Father’s throne and receive mercy and find grace in your hour of need.

 

 

NKJV Text

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

 

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