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Matthew 24:4

    Matthew 24:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jesus said to them in answer, Take care that you are not tricked.

    Webster's Revision

    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray.

    World English Bible

    Jesus answered them, "Be careful that no one leads you astray.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray.

    Definitions for Matthew 24:4

    Heed - To be careful to consider.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 24:4

    Take heed that no man deceive you - The world is full of deceivers, and it is only by taking heed to the counsel of Christ that even his followers can escape being ruined by them. From this to Matthew 24:31, our Lord mentions the signs which should precede his coming.

    The First sign is false Christs.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 24:4

    Take heed ... - Jesus, in reply to their question, first gives them a caution to beware of deception. They were to be constantly on their guard, because many would arise to deceive the people.

    Many shall come in my name - Not in the name or by the authority of Jesus, or claiming to be His followers, and to be sent by him, but in the name of the Messiah, or claiming to be the Messiah.

    I am Christ - I am the Messiah. See the notes at Matthew 1:1. The Messiah was expected at that time, Matthew 2:1-2. Many would lay, claims to being the Messiah, and, as He was universally expected, multitudes would easily be led to believe in them. There is abundant evidence that this was fully accomplished. Josephus informs us that there were many who pretended to divine inspiration; who deceived the people, leading out numbers of them into the desert. "The land," says He "was overrun with magicians, seducers, and impostors, who drew the people after them in multitudes into solitudes and deserts, to see I the signs and miracles which they promised to show by the power of God." Among these are mentioned particularly Dositheus, the Samaritan, who affirmed that He was Christ; Simon Magus, who said He appeared among the Jews as the Son of God; and Theudas, who persuaded many to go with him to the river Jordan, to see the waters divided. The names of 24 false Messiahs are recorded as having appeared between the time of the Emperor Adrian and the year 1682.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 24:4

    24:4 Take heed that no man deceive you - The caution is more particularly designed for the succeeding Christians, whom the apostles then represented. The first sign of my coming is, the rise of false prophets. But it is highly probable, many of these things refer to more important events, which are yet to come.