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Luke 4:9-12

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4:9 Then 1  the devil 2  brought him to Jerusalem, 3  had him stand 4  on the highest point of the temple, 5  and said to him, “If 6  you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 4:10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 7  4:11 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 8  4:12 Jesus 9  answered him, 10  “It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 11 

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

2 tn Grk “he”; the referent (the devil) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

4 tn Grk “and stood him.”

5 sn The reference to the highest point of the temple probably refers to the one point on the temple’s southeast corner where the site looms directly over a cliff some 450 feet (135 m) high. However, some have suggested the reference could be to the temple’s high gate.

6 tn This is another first class condition, as in v. 3.

7 sn A quotation from Ps 91:11 by the devil. This was not so much an incorrect citation as a use in a wrong context (a misapplication of the passage).

8 sn A quotation from Ps 91:12.

9 tn Grk “And Jesus.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

10 tn Grk “Jesus, answering, said to him.” This is redundant in English and has been simplified to “Jesus answered him.”

11 sn A quotation from Deut 6:16 used by Jesus in reply to the devil. The point is that God’s faithfulness should not be put to the test, but is rather a given.



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