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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 4:1-13

The last words of the foregoing chapter, that Jesus was the Son of Adam, bespeak him to be the seed of the woman; being so, we have here, according to the promise, breaking the serpent's head, baffling and foiling the devil in all his temptations, who by one temptation had baffled and foiled our first parents. Thus, in the beginning of the war, he made reprisals upon him, and conquered the conqueror. In this story of Christ's temptation, observe, I. How he was prepared and fitted for it. He... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 4:1-13

4:1-13 Jesus came back from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and for forty days he was tempted by the devil; and in those days he ate nothing, and when they were completed he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you really are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered him, "It stands written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'" He took him up and showed him in an instant of time all the kingdoms of the inhabited... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 4:9

And he brought him to Jerusalem ,.... The holy city, as Matthew calls it, from the wilderness thither; where he found him, and first attacked him, and perhaps he brought him through the air: and set him on a pinnacle of the temple; which was in Jerusalem; See Gill on Matthew 4:6 . And said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence ; from the pinnacle of the temple, on which he was set; See Gill on Matthew 4:6 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 4:1-13

THE TEMPTATION . The consecration of our Lord in his baptism was immediately followed by what is known as his temptation. It is, perhaps, the most mysterious and least understood of any of the scenes of the public ministry related by the evangelists. It is related at some length by SS . Matthew and Luke, with very slight difference of detail, the principal one being the order in which the three great temptations occurred. In St. Mark the notice of this strange episode in the life... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 4:1-13

The temptation in the wilderness. One of the most mysterious but most suggestive passages in the history of the Christ. Without attempting to indicate all the points presented for reflection (see homiletics on Matthew 4:1-25 .), observe— I. THE TEMPTATION IS NECESSARY TO THE PERFECTING OF JESUS AS THE SAVIOR OF SINNERS . He is led by the Spirit into the wilderness—led for the purpose of being tried by the devil. In the solitudes and simplicities of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 4:1-13

The temptation of Christ. From the baptism of Jesus we now pass to his temptation. In the baptism he received, as we have seen, three gifts from the Father—the guarantee of a perfect revelation of the Father's will, of a perfect inspiration to do that revealed will, and of an assurance of Sonship during the trying ordeal. We are now to notice three temptations, corresponding very accurately to these three gifts, and so presenting in most artistic fashion the great drama of Messiah's... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 4:9

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple. In St. Matthew Jerusalem is here called "the holy city," a name still preserved in the East, where it is still termed El-Khuds, the holy . Pinnacle; literally, "wing" of the temple. "Pinnacle" comes from the Vulgate translation, pinnaculum. The part of the great building evidently referred to hero was that magnificent southern wing of the Lord's house constructed by Herod the Great, which was known as the royal... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 4:9-12

Temptation to guilty haste. One more attempt is made by the evil one on the integrity of our Lord's faithfulness. We note— I. THE EVIL SUGGESTION . The idea conveyed to the mind of Jesus, now on the point of commencing his ministry, was this (as I understand it): "Here is a glorious opportunity to make a most successful beginning; alighting from this height among the assembled worshippers below, who are all ready to welcome the Messiah, you will gain such a prestige from so... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 4:1-14

On the temptation of Jesus, see the notes at Matthew 4:1-11.Luke 4:2Being forty days tempted - That is, through forty days he was “tried” in various ways by the devil. The temptations, however, which are recorded by Matthew and Luke did not take place until the forty days were finished. See Matthew 4:2-3.He did eat nothing - He was sustained by the power of God during this season of extraordinary fasting.Luke 4:13Departed for a season - For a time. From this it appears that our Saviour was... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 4:3-12

Luke 4:3-12. The devil said, If thou be the Son of God, &c. For an explanation of this whole paragraph, see notes on Matthew 4:3-10. The devil taketh him up into a high mountain, &c. This temptation, which stands here as the second, is by Matthew placed the last of the three. To reconcile the evangelists, it may be observed, that Matthew recites the temptations in the order in which they occurred; for he plainly affirms this order by the particle then, Luke 4:5, and again Luke... read more

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