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Matthew 4:5-7

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4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, 1  had him stand 2  on the highest point 3  of the temple, 4:6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you 4  and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 5  4:7 Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 6 

1 sn The order of the second and third temptations differs in Luke’s account (4:5-12) from the order given in Matthew.

2 tn Grk “and he stood him.”

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

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

5 sn A quotation from Ps 91:12.

6 sn A quotation from Deut 6:16.



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