Matthew 4:1

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 4:1

Then was Iesus led vp of the Spirit into the wildernesse, to bee tempted of the deuill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then Jesus was sent by the Spirit into the waste land to be tested by the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

Then Jesus was carried up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted of the devil:
- Darby Bible

Then was Jesus led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil.
- Webster's Bible

At that time Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the Desert in order to be tempted by the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
- World English Bible

Thanne Jhesus was led of a spirit in to desert, to be temptid of the feend.
- Wycliffe Bible

Then Jesus was led up to the wilderness by the Spirit, to be tempted by the Devil,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 4:1

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:1

4:1 Then - After this glorious evidence of his Father's love, he was completely armed for the combat. Thus after the clearest light and the strongest consolation, let us expect the sharpest temptations. By the Spirit - Probably through a strong inward impulse. #Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:1

Mt 4:1 The Temptation, and Christ's Ministry in Galilee SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 4: Jesus in the Wilderness. The Tempter. The Temptation to Convert Stones into Bread. The Temptation to Cast Himself from the Temple. The Offer of Worldly Power and Glory. Ministering Angels. The Galilean Ministry. Disciples Called. Preaching and Healing. The Fame of Christ. Then was Jesus led of the Spirit. Mark says he was "driven" by the Spirit, a phrase that indicates a sudden and forcible impulsion. See Mr 1:12. Into the wilderness. Tradition has placed the scene of Christ's temptation in that part of the wilderness of Judea which lies between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, and particularly in the mountain called Quarantania, from this forty days' fast. To be tempted. Christ must be tempted (1) Because it was impossible that one who came to overthrow the kingdom of Satan should not be attacked by the great adversary at the very threshold. (2) It was to test him. (3) It was to prepare him, by being tempted like as we are, and yet gaining the victory, to "succor them that are tempted" (Heb 2:18). (4) It was to set an example for us when we are tempted. The three great temptations mentioned by Matthew are the three great classes of temptations to which men are now exposed. Of the devil. Here the existence and personality of Satan are placed before us in the most distinct language. The devil is (1) A person (Eph 2:2 6:12 Heb 2:14 Jude 1:6); (2) A fallen angel (Joh 8:44 2Pe 2:4 Jude 1:6). The word "devil" means false accuser.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Levi Benjamin on Matthew 4:1
    was Jesus tempted after 40days or duri.g 40 days?... Was he hungry after 40 days or during and after 40 days.
  • Fasting - in Reply on Matthew 4:1
    I believe he was tempted after. He was at his weakest. The Bible says he hungered (not thirst). He drank water.

    Humans generally need water every 3 days. The kidneys shut down first.

    The angels ministered to Jesus after his confrontation with satan,

  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 4:1
    I can't be give a specific answer to your questions, but as I've read that passage, it seems that during the forty days & nights that Jesus was in the wilderness, He would have become increasingly hungry - as any man would be. He would have drunk water in the interim as the body cannot survive without it. And it could have been that during those forty days that Satan approached him with the first test of turning the stones into bread to satisfy that extreme hunger, or it might have been at the end of the fast (which I tend to support).

    There is too little narrative about this part of Jesus' time in the wilderness, as the focus no doubt, is on His thwarting of Satan's thrusts against Him to cause sin to enter Him. Had Jesus failed here, He would have been disqualified to be our Saviour, & God had no other means to fully meet the payment of our sins & our acceptability to Him. Jesus withstood Satan, not regarding his own needs, all for our sake. Even while on the Cross (the last & greatest attempt by Satan for Jesus to spare Himself from further suffering & death), Jesus remained resolute in His Calling, as Hebrews 12:2 says in part, "for the joy that was set before him (He) endured the cross, despising the shame". All for the love for those who put their faith in God through His death.


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