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Scholars analyzed the texts of the three synoptic gospels and determined that both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke used the Gospel of Mark as the source of their narratives, but then included material from other sources, including a large body of the sayings of Jesus that are common to the two books. The source of these common sayings is the lost gospel that has come to be known as Q. This series is a version of Q based on the poetic verses of the King James Version (KJV), with minimal modernization, that harmonizes the verses from Matthew and Luke.
The Temptation of Jesus
QS 6. Jesus is Tempted by Satan
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. Then the devil came to him.
“If you are the Son of God,” said Satan, ” command that these stones become bread.”
“It is written,” Jesus said, “that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple.
“If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down,” said Satan, “for it is written, ‘He shall charge his angels concerning you that in their hands they shall bear you up, if at any time you dash your foot against a stone.'”
“It is also written,” Jesus said to him, “Do not tempt the Lord.”
Next the devil took him to the top of a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
“I will give you all of this,” said Satan, “if you will fall to your knees and worship me.”
“Get away from me, Satan,” Jesus replied, “for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord God, and only serve him.'”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and ministered to him.