1When Jesus returned from the River Jordan, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Spirit led him into the desert.2For forty days Jesus was tested by the devil, and during that time he went without eating. When it was all over, he was hungry.
3The devil said to Jesus, “If you are God's Son, tell this stone to turn into bread.”
4Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say, ‘No one can live only on food.’ ”
5Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place and quickly showed him all the nations on earth.6The devil said, “I will give all this power and glory to you. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.7Just worship me, and you can have it all.”
8Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say:
‘Worship the Lord your God
and serve only him!’ ”
9Finally, the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on top of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God's Son, jump off.10-11The Scriptures say:
‘God will tell his angels
to take care of you.
They will catch you
in their arms,
and you will not hurt
your feet on the stones.’ ”
12Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don't try to test the Lord your God!’ ”
13After the devil had finished testing Jesus in every way possible, he left him for a while.