Matthew 4:8

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Againe the Deuill taketh him vp into an exceeding high mountaine, and sheweth him all the kingdomes of the world, and the glory of them:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Again, the Evil One took him up to a very high mountain, and let him see all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;
- Basic English Bible

Again the devil takes him to a very high mountain, and shews him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory,
- Darby Bible

Again, the devil taketh him up upon an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,
- Webster's Bible

Then the Devil took Him to the top of an exceedingly lofty mountain, from which he caused Him to see all the Kingdoms of the world and their splendour,
- Weymouth Bible

Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
- World English Bible

Eftsoone the feend took hym in to a ful hiy hil, and schewide to hym alle the rewmes of the world, and the ioye of hem;
- Wycliffe Bible

Again doth the Devil take him to a very high mount, and doth shew to him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:8


4:8 Showeth him all the kingdoms of the world - In a kind of visionary representation.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:8


Mt 4:8 Taketh him up upon into an exceeding high mountain. From some lofty center he spreads before Jesus a panorama of the kingdoms of this world with all their glory. We are not to suppose that all the kingdoms were literally visible, but they are portrayed in such a way as to be present to the mental eyes.

Discussion for Matthew 4:8

  • @Kelley,
    Who really rules this world? If you have read anything about Satan; please know that he's a liar and a deceiver. So itís to you to choose.
  • Kris Piper for verse 8
    I think in order to understand this verse a word study needs to be done on both the words "Kingdoms" and the word "World" in my own notes I have found that the word "World" according to Strongs Concordance of the Bible which would give more insight to the verse. For example if you were to look up the word "World" in a concordance...it is the greek word "Kosmos" meaning the universe. Which comes from the another greek word "Komizo"(according to the New testament greek Lexicon) in which we get the primary greek word "Komeo" meaning 4 different things: 1 to care for, provide for, take care of
    2. to take up, carry away in order to care for and preserve.
    3. bear off
    4. to carry, bear, bring to, to carry away for one's self, to carry off what is one's own, to bring back.
    I also believe that an understanding of how the ancients viewed the Universe is also needed to understand this verse. So that means a study of Ancient greek words such as "Komos" is needed because that acient grek word is still in use to today to describe outer space, the stars, the planets, and what goes on up there. Examples: Cosminaut, Cosmic, Cosmos(modern english)= Kosmos (ancient greek)
  • The Devil was trying to temp Jesus with the Kingdoms of this world? Let me ask you would this have truly been a temaption if the Devil was not able to offer this things? "So who really rules this World?"

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