Psalm 91; 2 Corinthians 6:1–10; Matthew 4:1–11

My Refuge and My Fortress

91  He who dwells in athe shelter of the Most High

will abide in bthe shadow of the Almighty.

I will say1 to the Lord, My crefuge and my dfortress,

my God, in whom I etrust.

For he will deliver you from fthe snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will gcover you with his pinions,

and under his hwings you will ifind refuge;

his jfaithfulness is ka shield and buckler.

lYou will not fear mthe terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes

and nsee the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your odwelling place

the Most High, who is my crefuge2

10  pno evil shall be allowed to befall you,

qno plague come near your tent.

11  rFor he will command his sangels concerning you

to tguard you in all your ways.

12  On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you ustrike your foot against a stone.

13  You will tread on vthe lion and the wadder;

the young lion and xthe serpent you will ytrample underfoot.

14  Because he zholds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he aknows my name.

15  When he bcalls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and chonor him.

16  With dlong life I will satisfy him

and eshow him my salvation.


tWorking together with him, then, uwe appeal to you vnot to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

wIn a favorable time I listened to you,

and in a day of salvation I have helped you.

Behold, xnow is the yfavorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We zput no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but aas servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: bby great endurance, cin afflictions, dhardships, calamities, ebeatings, imprisonments, friots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; gby purity, hknowledge, patience, kindness, ithe Holy Spirit, jgenuine love; by ktruthful speech, and lthe power of God; with mthe weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, nthrough slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and oyet well known; pas dying, and behold, we live; qas punished, and yet not killed; 10 ras sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; sas poor, yet making many rich; tas having nothing, uyet possessing everything.


The Temptation of Jesus

sThen Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness tto be tempted by the devil. And after fasting uforty days and forty nights, he vwas hungry. And wthe tempter came and said to him, If you are xthe Son of God, command ythese stones to become loaves of bread. But he answered, zIt is written,

aMan shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

bThen the devil took him to cthe holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

dHe will command his angels concerning you,

and

On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Jesus said to him, Again eit is written, fYou shall not gput the Lord your God to the test. hAgain, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me. 10 Then Jesus said to him, Be gone, iSatan! For jit is written,

kYou shall worship the Lord your God

and lhim only shall you serve.

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, mangels came and were ministering to him.