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Matthew 4:11

    Matthew 4:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then the Evil One went away from him, and angels came and took care of him.

    Webster's Revision

    Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

    World English Bible

    Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

    Definitions for Matthew 4:11

    Devil - Slanderer; false accuser.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 4:11

    Behold, angels came and ministered unto him - That is, brought that food which was necessary to support nature.

    The name given to Satan in the third verse is very emphatic, ο πειραζων, the tempter, or trier, from πειρω, to pierce through. To this import of the name there seems to be an allusion, Ephesians 6:16 : The fiery Darts of the wicked one. This is the precise idea of the word in Deuteronomy 8:2. To humble thee, and to prove thee, To Know What Was In Thy Heart: לנסתך linesteca, πειραση σε, Lxx. that he might bore thee through.

    The quality and goodness of many things are proved by piercing or boring through; for this shows what is in the heart. Perhaps nothing tends so much to discover what we are, as trials either from men or devils.

    Shalt thou serve, or pay religious veneration, λατρευσεις. This is Mr. Wakefield's translation, and I think cannot be mended. Λατρεια comes from λα, very much, and τρεω, I tremble. When a sinner approaches the presence of God, conscious of His infinite holiness and justice, and of his own vileness, he will then fully comprehend what this word means. See this religious reverence exemplified in the case of Moses, when in the presence of God; I exceedingly fear, said he, and tremble, Hebrews 12:21. And yet this fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. See the observations at the end of the chapter.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 4:11

    Then the devil leaveth him - He left him for a time, Luke 4:13. He intended to return again to the temptation, and, if possible, to seduce him yet from God. Compare John 14:30; Luke 22:53. See the notes at Hebrews 12:4.

    The angels came and ministered - See the notes at Matthew 1:20. They came and supplied his wants and comforted him. From this narrative we may learn:

    (a) That no one is so holy as to be free from temptation, for even the Son of God was sorely tempted.

    (b) That when God permits a temptation or trial to come upon us, he will, if we look to him, give us grace to resist and overcome it, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

    (c) We see the art of the tempter. His temptations are adapted to times and circumstances. They are plausible. What could have been mere plausible than his suggestions to Christ? They were applicable to his circumstances. They had the appearance of much piety. They were backed by passages of Scripture misapplied, but still most artfully presented. Satan never comes boldly and tempts people to sin, telling them that they are committing sin. Such a mode would defeat his design. It would put people on their guard. He commences, therefore, artfully and plausibly, and the real purpose does not appear until he has prepared the mind for it. This is the way with all temptation. No wicked person would at once tempt another to be profane, to be drunk, to be an infidel, or to commit adultery. The principles are first corrupted. The confidence is secured. The affections are won. And then the allurement is little by little presented, until the victim falls. How everyone should be on his guard at the very first appearance of evil, at the first suggestion that may possibly lead to sin!

    (d) One of the best ways of meeting temptation is by applying Scripture. So our Saviour did, and they will always best succeed who best wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:17.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 4:11

    4:11 Angels came and waited upon him - Both to supply him with food, and to congratulate his victory.

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