And forty nights.
He was hungry.”
καὶ νηστεύσας ἡμέρας τεσσεράκοντα καὶ τεσσεράκοντα νύκτας ὕστερον ἐπείνασεν.
Once again, this text is like Luke, chapter 4:2, word for word, indicating a common source, perhaps the Q source. There was a symbolism in this fast of 40 days (ἡμέρας τεσσεράκοντα) and 40 nights (καὶ τεσσεράκοντα νύκτας). Fasting (νηστεύσας) was a common Hebrew exercise, while 40 was the same number of years that the Israelites were in the wilderness during the Exodus. This was a real fast, not one that ended when the sun went down, since it included a night fast also. Jesus was really hungry of famished (ἐπείνασεν) at the end of this time. (ὕστερον).