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

  • Kenzie
    That is. Beautiful prayer James
  • God's Handmaiden
    Many times people are born into the Kingdom of God and are asked to be witnesses and lead people to Jesus. What is to be understood is effective witnessing has to be taught. Jesus told his disciples to follow him, and that he would "make" them fishers of men.
  • Henry
    Mathew 4 , is one of greatest vetse in the Bible it makes me to understand how Jesus care about us , his love towards us and caring are forever and forever glorified in Jesus name amen.
  • James
    Thank you Jesus for all you have done for us and thank you GOD for having your word put down so that we may have a better understanding of what we need to do
  • Mary ann grays
    Yes it is so true for the love I have for my god
  • James moore
    Our body needs bread, earthly food. Our spirits need HEAVENLY FOOD, "GOD'ST WORD". HALELUJAH, JESUS IS "THE BREAD OF LIFE".

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