Matthew 4:3

“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when the tempter came to him, hee said, If thou be the sonne of God, command that these stones bee made bread.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Evil One came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, give the word for these stones to become bread.
- Basic English Bible

And the tempter coming up to him said, If thou be Son of God, speak, that these stones may become loaves of bread.
- Darby Bible

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou art the son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
- Webster's Bible

So the Tempter came and said, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to turn into loaves."
- Weymouth Bible

The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
- World English Bible

And the tempter cam nyy, and seide to hym, If thou art Goddis sone, seie that thes stoones be maad looues.
- Wycliffe Bible

And the Tempter having come to him said, `If Son thou art of God -- speak that these stones may become loaves.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:3


4:3 Coming to him - In a visible form; probably in a human shape, as one that desired to inquire farther into the evidences of his being the Messiah.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:3


Mt 4:3 The tempter came to him. The devil. He chose his time craftily, as he always does when he assails man. Whether he came in a personal form or as the whisper of the evil spirit is uncertain. If thou be the Son of God. "If" suggests a doubt, and, perhaps, a taunt. It is a cunning appeal to Christ to work a miracle to satisfy his hunger and to display his power. It would seem an innocent thing for Christ to make bread when he was hungry, for himself, as he afterwards did for the five thousand. Why not? Because if he had availed himself of his Divine power to escape the discomforts and sufferings of humanity he would have failed to suffer as we do, to set us an example in all things, to be tempted in all points as we are; and besides, he "came to minister" (Mt 20:28 Mr 10:45) never to use his Divine power for their own benefit. To have so exerted it for selfish and vainglorious purposes would have been sinful, and a distrust of God. Christ came to save others, not himself. Self-denial was the law of his mission.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 12:52 FOR FROM HENCEFORTH THERE SHALL BE BE FIVE IN ONE HOUSE DIVIDED THREE AGAINST TWO AND TWO AGAINST THREE --- MATTHEW 10:35 FOR I AM COME TO SET A MAN AT VARIANCE AGAINST HIS FATHER AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER AND THE DAUGHTER IN LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER IN LAW
  • Michael
    I just noticed how God called to brothers. Simon and Andrew were brothers and James and John were brothers. I can see God creating a deeper love when It involves family. Maybe even an ability to sustain a follower if there family is also involved. Amazing food for thought.
  • Steve morrow
    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 *** JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT --- YOU MIGHT BE SAVED --- ACTS 5:20 GO STAND AND SPEAK IN THE TEMPLE TO THE PEOPLE --- ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LIFE ---
  • Lilian
    Follow me and i will make you a fisher of man. Thank you Jesus for taking me and lifting me up when i am down help me Lord to be born again in Spirit every moment of my life. I will praise and worship you only for you are worthy amen
  • Wayne
    Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. V. 17
  • BSP
    I'm verses 8 through 10 we see that Jesus did not let his eyes dominate him. He immediately rejected Satan.

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