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4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
4:37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.
4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.
4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.
4:44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

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Everything King James Bible:Luke

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Luke
Book: Luke
Chapter: 4

The Temptation of Christ. (1-13) Christ in the Synagogue of
Nazareth. (14-30) He casts out an unclean Spirit and heals the
sick. (31-44)

1-13 Christ's being led into the Wilderness gave an advantage
to the tempter; for there he was alone, none were with him By
whose prayers and advice he might be helped in the Hour of
Temptation. He who knew his own strength might give Satan
advantage; but we may not, who know our own weakness. Being in
all things made like unto his brethren, Jesus would, like the
other children of God, live in dependence upon the Divine
Providence and promise. The Word of God is our Sword, and Faith
in that Word is our Shield. God has many ways of providing for
his people, and therefore is at all times to be depended upon in
the way of duty. All Satan's promises are deceitful; and if he
is permitted to have any influence in disposing of the kingdoms
of the world and the Glory of them, he uses them as baits to
ensnare men to Destruction. We should reject at once and with
abhorrence, every opportunity of sinful gain or advancement, as
a price offered for our souls; we should seek riches, honours,
and happiness in the Worship and service of God only. Christ
will not Worship Satan; nor, when he has the kingdoms of the
world delivered to him By his Father, will he suffer any remains
of the Worship of the Devil to continue in them. Satan also
tempted Jesus to be his own murderer, By unfitting confidence in
his Father's protection, such as he had No warrant for. Let not
any abuse of Scripture By Satan or By men abate our esteem, or
cause us to abandon its use; but let us study it still, seek to
know it, and seek our defence from it in all kinds of assaults.
Let this Word Dwell richly in us, for it is our Life. Our
victorious Redeemer conquered, not for himself only, but for us
also. The Devil ended all the Temptation. Christ let him try all
his force, and defeated him. Satan saw it was to No purpose to
attack Christ, who had nothing in him for his fiery darts to
fasten upon. And if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us.
Yet he departed but till the season when he was again to be let
loose upon Jesus, not as a tempter, to draw him to Sin, and So
to strike at his head, at which he now aimed and was wholly
defeated in; but as a persecutor, to bring Christ to suffer, and
So to bruise his heel, which it was told him, he should have to
do, and would do, though it would be the breaking of his own
head, Ge 3:15. Though Satan depart for a season, we shall
never be out of his reach till removed from this present evil

14-30 Christ taught in their synagogues, their places of public
Worship, where they met to read, expound, and apply the Word, to
pray and praise. All the Gifts and graces of the Spirit were
upon him and On him, without Measure. By Christ, sinners may be
loosed from the bonds of guilt, and By his Spirit and Grace from
the Bondage of corruption. He came By the Word of his Gospel, to
bring Light to those that sat in the dark, and By the power of
his Grace, to give sight to those that were Blind. And he
preached the acceptable Year of the Lord. Let sinners attend to
the Saviour's invitation when liberty is thus proclaimed.
Christ's name was Wonderful; in nothing was he more So than in
the Word of his Grace, and the power that went along with it. We
may Well wonder that he should speak such words of Grace to such
graceless wretches as mankind. Some prejudice often furnishes an
objection against the humbling doctrine of the Cross; and while
it is the Word of God that stirs up men's Enmity, they will
blame the conduct or manner of the speaker. The doctrine of
God's Sovereignty, his right to do his will, provokes proud men.
They will not seek his favour in his own way; and are angry when
others have the favours they neglect. Still is Jesus rejected By
multitudes who hear the same message from his words. While they
crucify him afresh By their sins, may we honour him as the Son
of God, the Saviour of men, and seek to show we do So By our

31-44 Christ's preaching much affected the people; and a
working power went with it to the consciences of men. These
miracles showed Christ to be a controller and conqueror of
Satan, a healer of diseases. Where Christ gives a new Life, in
recovery from sickness, it should be a new Life, spent more than
ever in his service, to his Glory. Our business should be to
spread abroad Christ's fame in every place, to beseech him in
behalf of those diseased in body or mind, and to use our
influence in bringing sinners to him, that his hands may be laid
upon them for their healing. He cast the devils out of many who
were possessed. We were not sent into this world to live to
ourselves only, but to Glorify God, and to do good in our
Generation. The people sought him, and came unto him. A Desert
is No Desert, if we are with Christ there. He will continue with
us, By his Word and Spirit, and extend the same blessings to
other nations, till, throughout the Earth, the servants and
worshippers of Satan are brought to acknowledge him as the
Christ, the Son of God, and to find Redemption through his
Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

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