What did Jesus say to Satan when He was tempted?

by Matt Slick
2/28/15

In the Bible Satan tempted Jesus and in each of Jesus responses he quoted Scripture. Let's take a look at the temptations and responses.  Jesus' words are in Red.  Quotes from the Old Testament are in small caps.  The devil's words are underlined notice that Satan quotes scripture, too.  But his intent is to use it to deceive.

 

HUNGER:  Matthew 4:3-4, "And the tempter came and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.' 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.' " (Jesus quoted Deut. 8:3) HUNGER:  Luke 4:4, "And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'" (Jesus quoted Deut. 8:3)
SAFETY:  Matthew 4:6-7, "and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU'; and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.' "  7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'you shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'(Satan quoted Psalm 91:11-12 and Jesus quoted Deut. 6:16) SAFETY:  Luke 4:9-12, "And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,' 11 and, 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.' " 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, 'you shall not put the Lord your God to the test.' " (Satan quoted Psalm 91:11-12 and Jesus quoted Deut. 6:16)
WORSHIP: Matthew 4:9-10, "and he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.' 10 'Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" (Jesus quoted Deut. 6:13) WORSHIP: Luke 4:7-8, "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." 8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'you shall worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"   (Jesus quoted Deut. 6:13)

 

 

Perhaps you noticed that Matthew and Luke have a different order in the presentation of the temptations; the second and third are switched.  Nevertheless, in both Gospels Satan did not first quote Scripture as he tempted Jesus. Instead he began with trying to get Jesus to perform a miracle in order to satisfy his own physical hunger because Jesus had been fasting (Matt. 4:2). Satan tried to get Jesus to sin by appealing to his flesh. Nevertheless, Jesus responded with Scripture.  When Satan quoted Scripture, Jesus responded with another quote from Scripture. In each temptation, Jesus responded with God's word.  This is how we should respond to temptations as well.

In Matthew 3:3,6 Satan recognized Jesus as the Son of God. So, the evil one did not let that fact of who Jesus was stop him from tempting even God himself.

 

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.