Matthew 4:4

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But he answered, and said, It is written, Man shall not liue by bread alone, but by euery word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But he made answer and said, It is in the Writings, Bread is not man's only need, but every word which comes out of the mouth of God.
- Basic English Bible

But he answering said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which goes out through God's mouth.
- Darby Bible

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- Webster's Bible

It is written, replied Jesus, "`It is not on bread alone that a man shall live, but on whatsoever God shall appoint.'"
- Weymouth Bible

But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"
- World English Bible

Which answeride, and seide to hym, It is writun, Not oonli in breed luyeth man, but in ech word that cometh of Goddis mouth.
- Wycliffe Bible

But he answering said, `It hath been written, Not upon bread alone doth man live, but upon every word coming forth from the mouth of God.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:4


4:4 It is written - Thus Christ answered, and thus we may answer all the suggestions of the devil. By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God - That is, by whatever God commands to sustain him. Therefore it is not needful I should work a miracle to procure bread, without any intimation of my Father's will. #Deut 8:3|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:4


Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written. The Lord uses the sword of the Spirit in his reply. The word quoted, found in De 8:3, should be used in its connection, in order to comprehend its force. But by every word, etc. The meaning is: If it pleases God to sustain by other means than bread, it will be done. His word can be trusted. God fed Israel with manna, sent by his word, and we can trust his promises.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Jeffery diviney
    Its a very revealing chapter. Its very interesting how even Satan quoted the word off god.verse 6 corresponds with psalms 91:12..... So let all gods people stay on guard.for evil ones are very clever and cunning. God bless....
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Matthew 26:41 "Watch ye and pray lest ye enter into temptation: For truly the spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak."
  • Dennis
    Christ teaches us that we resist temptation by knowing the Word of God.
  • Terri
    Jesus resist the devil temptations we need to also resist and flee from temptations and sin
  • Irene123
    Matt. 4 is telling us that god calls us; we don't decide one day we are going to follow him; there are many MANY people out there who have decided to follow him, but - Jesus didn't call them. These are the ones who are truly called are to - watch out for, 1 Jn. 4:1; 2 Jn. 1:7
  • Charlie
    When the diciples followed Christ, their fisher nets were always full. Without Christ leading our lives we cannot operate in the fullness thereof. We are reminded in this passage that we can do all things through Christ Jesus therefore, all we need do is cast the net, and he will fill it!