Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Matthew 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles
The Temptation of Jesus
(Mar 1:12, 13; Luk 4:1–13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:1 - Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:2 - For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:3 - During that time the devil[fn] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:4 - But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,
‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:5 - Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:6 - and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,
‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:7 - Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:8 - Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:9 - “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:10 - “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the LORD your God
and serve only him.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:11 - Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
The Ministry of Jesus Begins
(Mar 1:14, 15; Luk 4:14, 15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:12 - When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:13 - He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:14 - This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:15 - “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:16 - the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:17 - From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[fn]
The First Disciples
(Mar 1:16–20; Luk 5:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:18 - One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:19 - Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:20 - And they left their nets at once and followed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:21 - A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:22 - They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Crowds Follow Jesus
(Mar 1:35–39; Luk 4:44; 6:17–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:23 - Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:24 - News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 4:25 - Large crowds followed him wherever he went—people from Galilee, the Ten Towns,[fn] Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River.
NLT Footnotes
Greek the tempter.
Deut 8:3.
Ps 91:11-12.
Deut 6:16.
Deut 6:13.
Isa 9:1-2 (Greek version).
Isa 9:1-2 (Greek version).
Or has come, or is coming soon.
Greek Decapolis.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

For more information on this translation, see the NLT Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan