New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

What temptations did Jesus face?

The devil told Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” (NRSV, Matthew 4:3) Jesus set the example for generations of believers by recalling scripture when tempted. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 (NRSV) when he replied, “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

A third time the devil tempted Jesus. The devil took Jesus to the top of a mountain. They looked down on all the kingdoms and wonders of the world. The devil said, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus rebuked the devil, and said, “Away with you, Satan!” Then Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:13 (NRSV): “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” (NRSV, Matthew 4:10) At this, the devil fled from Jesus, and the angels came to attend to Jesus. Afterwards, Jesus began his career in public ministry.


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