Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, â€˜If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.â€™ Jesus answered him, â€˜It is written, â€œOne does not live by bread alone.â€ â€™
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, â€˜To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.â€™ Jesus answered him, â€˜It is written,
â€œWorship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.â€ â€™
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, â€˜If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
â€œHe will command his angels concerning you,
to protect youâ€,
â€œOn their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.â€ â€™
Jesus answered him, â€˜It is said, â€œDo not put the Lord your God to the test.â€ â€™ When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.