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“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”

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Matthew 4:3 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
when πειράζων To test (objectively), i.e., endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline when
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
tempter πειράζων To test (objectively), i.e., endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline tempter
came προσελθὼν To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to came
to him, αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons to him
he said, εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
If Εἰ If, whether, that, etc If
thou be εἶ Thou art thou be
the Son υἱὸς A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship Son
of God, Θεοῦ, A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
command εἰπὲ To speak or say (by word or writing) command
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
these οὗτοι The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) these
stones λίθοι A stone (literally or figuratively) stones
be made γένωνται To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) made
bread. ἄρτοι Bread (as raised) or a loaf bread

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  • 1  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

  • 2  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

  • 3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

  • 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.

  • 5  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,


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