Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Matthew 4:9

    Matthew 4:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.

    Webster's Revision

    and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    World English Bible

    He said to him, "I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 4:9

    If thou wilt fall down and worship me - As if he had said, "The whole of this land is now under my government; do me homage for it, and I will deliver it into thy hand."

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 4:9

    All these things ... - All these kingdoms. All these dominions Satan claimed a right to bestow on whom he pleased, and with considerable justice. They were excessively wicked; and with no small degree of propriety, therefore, he asserted his claim to give them away. This temptation had much plausibility. Satan regarded Jesus as the king of the Jews. As the Messiah he supposed he had come to take possession of all that country. He was poor, and unarmed, and without followers or armies. Satan proposed to put him in possession of it at once, without any difficulty, if he would acknowledge him as the proper lord and disposer of that country; if he would trust to him rather than to God.

    Worship me - See the notes at Matthew 2:2. The word here seems to mean, to acknowledge Satan as having a right to give these kingdoms to him; to acknowledge his dependence on him rather than God; that is, really to render religious homage. We may be surprised at his boldness. But he had been twice foiled. He supposed it was an object dear to the heart of the Messiah to obtain these kingdoms. He claimed a right over them; and he seemed not to be asking too much, if he gave them to Jesus, that Jesus should be willing to acknowledge the gift and express gratitude for it. So plausible are Satan's temptations, even when they are blasphemous; and so artfully does he present his allurements to the mind.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 4:9

    4:9 If thou wilt fall down and worship me - Here Satan clearly shows who he was. Accordingly Christ answering this suggestion, calls him by his own name, which he had not done before.