MATTHEW 4:6

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

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Matthew 4:6 Translation & Meaning

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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
saith λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
unto 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 unto him
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 τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of
God, Θεοῦ, A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
cast βάλε To throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense) cast
thyself σεαυτὸν Of (with, to) thyself thyself
down: κάτω· Downwards down
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
it is written, γέγραπται To "grave", especially to write; figuratively, to describe written
He shall give ἐντελεῖται To enjoin give
his αὐτοῦ 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 his
angels ἀγγέλοις (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor angels
charge ἐντελεῖται To enjoin charge
concerning περὶ Properly, through (all over), i.e., around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period) concerning
thee: σοῦ Of thee, thy thee
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
in ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc in
their (No Greek definition. English implied.)
hands χειρῶν The hand (literally or figuratively (power); especially (by Hebraism) a means or instrument) hands
they shall bear up, ἀροῦσίν To lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e., weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare H5375) to expiate sin bear up
thee σε Thee thee
lest μήποτε Not ever; also if (or lest) ever (or perhaps) lest
at any time μήποτε Not ever; also if (or lest) ever (or perhaps) any time
thou dash προσκόψῃς To strike at, i.e., surge against (as water); specially, to stub on, i.e., trip up (literally or figuratively) dash
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
foot πόδα A "foot" (figuratively or literally) foot
against πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) against
a stone. λίθον A stone (literally or figuratively) stone

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  • 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,

  • 6  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

  • 7  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

  • 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;




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