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
    JOHN 15:19 if you were of the world the world would love his own but because you are not of the world but I have chosen you out of this world therefore the world hateth you --15:20-- remember the word that I said unto you --- the servant is not greater than his LORD --- if they have persecuted ME they will also persecute you if they have kept MY saying they will keep yours also
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 1:29 for unto you it is given in the behalf --- of CHRIST --- not only to believe on HIM but also to suffer for HIS sake MATTHEW 5:12 blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake --- for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
  • A disciple
    Randy; You should first actually read the Scriptures all the way through; and not just once or twice! Jesus said, "WHEN YOU FAST..." (Matthew 5) and again concerning those who are strongly bound by Satan in any kind of torment or affliction: "THIS KIND GOES NOT OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING." I have to wonder how someone dares approach the Holy Scriptures with the idea of making his own ideas!
  • Randy
    Jesus did the fasting so we dont fast anymore .... I wonder why christians mimic the things Jesus did ... did he not say... i become poor so we become rich ... he become sickness so we become healthy.... jesus have done all those things for us so we dont have to suffer the way he sufferde... all we have to do is rely and put our faith on the finished work of Jesus.... Eph. 2:8-9
  • Olu
    Ben. The same bible says all authority-government are ordain of God. That we ought to honor them because they are set up for His purpose
  • Norita Priester
    I Matthew chapter 4 it does not state how many days Jesus was tempted by the Devil. So He could have been tempted 3 times on the same day. Just because He fasted 40 days and 40 nights does not mean He was tempted for 3 days. So to think that he was is incorrect.

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