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The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” [a]He said in reply, “It is written:(A)

‘One does not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”

[b]Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,

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Footnotes

  1. 4:4 Cf. Dt 8:3. Jesus refuses to use his power for his own benefit and accepts whatever God wills.
  2. 4:5–7 The devil supports his proposal by an appeal to the scriptures, Ps 91:11a, 12. Unlike Israel (Dt 6:16), Jesus refuses to “test” God by demanding from him an extraordinary show of power.

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