Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘God will give you into the angels’ charge,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to the devil, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the realms of the world and their splendor; and said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to the devil, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God; serve God alone.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.


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