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 4:4

  • Oladipupo jide for verse 4
    The word is a tool that produces all other things needed in life.
  • MockingBird for verse 4
    Jesus Christ is the word and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us and is dwelling now !!! If we eat His flesh and drink His blood we will have life. His flesh and blood is the word of life. I cannot live without Him and I cannot do without Him . He is my life giving force. I draw from Him and I will live. It is my desire to have Him first place in my life above all.
  • Ajibola for verse 4
    God is not bound by human thoughts and conventions. Like we see in Deut. 8 3, his dynamism and diversity is in totality. Beyond the conventional bread, he supplied manna. He is an infinite God, His children should learn to trust explictly in Him.
  • Jocelyn for verse 4
    We cannot just live here for material stuff being materialistic . Giving, loving, sharing and helping others and taking care of your family are the things you need in life. Sure you need a job but do you need expensive cars, bags, million dollar house, you have to be humble, down to earth and pay if forward. My family are not rich nor poor but we try as much as we can to help our family and others with nothing in return. Other sees this as opportunity to judge us but do we care, no. Life is too short for material stuff and judgment from others. Love, live and rejoice... thank you.
  • That verse implies that patience and trust needs to be in place when it come to meeting our needs, cause God is looking to be invovled in direction all things to us. Doubt is in the heart when anxiousness is the mood. The Father wants to speak to His children but we hear Him best when we have been abiding in His fellowship. Testimony & convection is birthed from challenges, like this. We must understand to lose -control, means that we gain more of Christ, and then can serve Him with less strings attached.
  • Some people says,how they live if they don't eat all creatures in this world like pig,they also said that they must take care of their health because their body is where God is living,and if they don't eat,they will become sick or whatever.but it is written that man shall not live by bread alone,but on every word that comes out from mouth of God.well...in my understanding,the most important here is our soul not our health or body.so we should watch the food we are eating if it is forbidden or unforbidden.