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Matthew 4


 1 Then (*) was (1) Jesus led aside (♣) of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be (♠) tempted of the devil.


(*) Mark 1:13; Luke 4:1 .

(1) Christ was tempted all manner of ways and still overcometh, that we also through his virtue may overcome.

(♣) By the holy Ghost.

(♠) To the end that he overcoming these tentations might get the victory for us.


 2 And when he had fasted (a) forty days, and forty nights, he was afterward hungry.


(a) Full forty days.


 3 Then came to him the tempter, and said, If thou be the Son of God, (*) command that these stones be made bread.


(*) Satan would have Christ to distrust God, and his word and follow other strange and unlawful means.


 4 But he answering, said, It is written, (*) Man shall not live by bread only, but by every (♣) word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


(*) Deuteronomy 8:3 .

(♣) He meaneth the order that God hath ordained to maintain his creatures by.


 5 Then the devil took him up into the (*) holy city, and set him on a (b) (♣) pinnacle of the Temple,


(*) To wit, Jerusalem.

(b) The battlement wherewith the flat roof of the temple was compassed about, that no man might fall down; as was appointed by the Law; Deuteronomy 22:8 .

(♣) Or, vane which shewed where the wind stood.


 6 And said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, (*) that he will give his Angels charge over thee, and with their hands they (♣) shall lift thee up, lest at any time thou shouldest dash thy foot against a stone.


(*) Psalm 92:11 .

(♣) He allegeth but half the sentence to deceive thereby the rather, and cloak his crafty purpose.


 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, (*) Thou shalt not (c) (♣) tempt the Lord thy God.


(*) Deuteronomy 6:16 .

(c) Word for word, Thou shalt not go on still in tempting.

(♣) We must not leave such lawful means as God hath appointed, to seek others after our own fantasy.


 8 Again the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and (*) shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;


(*) In a vision.


 9 And said to him, All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down, and worship me.


 10 Then said Jesus unto him, Avoid Satan. For it is written, (*) Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


(*) Deuteronomy 16:13; Deuteronomy 10:30 .


 11 (*) Then the devil (♣) left him; and behold, the Angels (♦) came, and ministered unto him.


(*) Mark 1:13; Luke 4:13 .

(♣) The word of God is the sword of the spirit, wherewith Satan is overcome.

(♦) To comfort him.


 12  ∂ (*) (2) And when Jesus had heard that John was (♣) committed to prison, he returned into Galilee.


(*) Mark 1:14; Luke 4:14; John 4:43 .

(2) When the Herald's mouth is stopped, the Lord revealeth himself, and bringeth full light into the darkness of this world, preaching free forgiveness of sins to them that repent.

(♣) And cast in prison by Herod.


 13 And leaving Nazareth, went and dwelt in (d) Capernaum, which is near the (*) sea in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim,


(d) Which was a town a great deal more famous than Nazareth was.

(*) For so they called the lake of Gennesaret.


 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the Prophet, saying,


 15  (*) The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim by the way of the (e) sea, beyond Jordan, (f) (♣) Galilee of the Gentiles;


(*) Isaiah 9:1 .

(e) Of Tiberias, or because that country bended toward Tyre, which standeth upon the sea that cutteth the midst of the world.
(f) So called, because it bordered upon Tyre and Sidon, and because Solomon gave the king of Tyre twenty cities in that quarter; 1 Kings 9:11 .

(♣) Christ had now preached almost a year in Judea, and Samaria, and after went to preach in the uppermost Galilee, which was out of the borders of Palestina.


 16 The people which sat in (*) darkness, saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is risen up.


(*) Which was without comfort, hath received consolation.


 17  (*) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Amend your lives, for the kingdom of heaven is at (g) hand.


(*) Mark 1:15 .

(g) Is come to you.


 18  ∂ (3) (*) And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Simon, which was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were (♣) fishers.)


(3) Christ thinking by time, that he should at length depart from us, even at the beginning of his preaching getteth him disciples after an heavenly sort, men indeed poor and utterly unlearned, and therefore such as might be least suspected witnesses of the truth of those things which they heard and saw.

(*) Mark 1:16 .

(♣) God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty, 1 Corinthians 1:27 .


 19 And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers (*) of men.


(*) To draw them out of the sea of this world, wherein they are drowned.


 20 And they straightway leaving the nets, followed him.


 21 And when he was gone forth from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.


 22 And they (*) without tarrying, leaving the ship and their father, followed him.


(*) We ought to be most ready to follow Christ, when he calleth, leaving all worldly respects apart.


 23 So (4) Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in (h) their (i) Synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the (k) (*) kingdom, and healing (l) every sickness, and every (m) disease among the people.


(4) Christ assureth the hearts of the believers of his spiritual and saving virtue, by healing the diseases of the body.

(h) Their, that is, the Galileans.

(i) Synagogues, the Jews Churches.

(k) Of Messiah.

(*) That is, the blessed tidings of forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God.

(l) Diseases of all kinds, but not every one; that is, as we say, some of every one.

(m) The word signifieth properly, the weakness of the stomach; but here it is taken for those diseases which make men faint, and wear away, that have them.


 24 And his fame spread abroad through all Syria; and they brought unto him all sick people, that were taken with divers diseases, and (n) torments, and them that were possessed with (*) devils, and those which were (o) (♣) lunatic, and those that had the (p) palsy; and he healed them.


(n) The word signifieth properly the stone wherewith which gold is tried; and by a borrowed kind of speech is applied to all kind of examination by torture, when as by rough dealing and torments, we go about to draw out the truth of men which otherwise they would not confess; and in this place it is taken for those diseases, which put sick men to great woe.

(*) So that by healing incurable diseases Christís divinity appeared.
(o) Which at every full Moon, or other changes of the moon, are shrewdly troubled and diseased.

(♣) They that were mad or sick at a certain time of the moon.
(p) Weak and feeble men, who have the parts of their body loosed and so weakened, that they are neither able to gather them up together, nor put them out as they would.


 25 And there followed him great multitudes out of Galilee, and (*) Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond Jordan.


(*) It was a country wherein was ten cities, as the word signifieth.



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