4:1 Then was 1 Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness
to be tempted of the devil.
(1) Christ is tempted in all manner of ways, and still
overcomes, that we also through his virtue may overcome.
4:2 And when he had fasted a forty days and forty nights, he
was afterward an hungred.
(a) A full forty days.
4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him
on a b pinnacle of the temple,
(b) The battlement which encompassed the flat roof of the
Temple so that no man might fall down: as was appointed
by the law; (De 22:8).
4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not c
tempt the Lord thy God.
(c) Literally, "Thou shalt not go on still in tempting."
4:122 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into
prison, he departed into Galilee;
(2) When the Herald's mouth is stopped, the Lord reveals
himself and brings full light into the darkness of this
world, preaching free forgiveness of sins for those that
4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in d Capernaum,
which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and
(d) Which was a town a great deal more famous than Nazareth
4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of
the e sea, beyond Jordan, f Galilee of the Gentiles;
(e) Of Tiberias, or because that country went toward
Tyre, which borders the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
(f) So called because it bordered upon Tyre and Sidon, and
because Solomon gave the king of Tyre twenty cities in
that quarter; (1Ki 9:11).
4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the
kingdom of heaven is at g hand.
(g) Is come to you.
4:183 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two
brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother,
casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
(3) Christ, thinking that he would eventually depart from us,
even at the beginning of his preaching gets himself
disciples of a heavenly sort, poor and unlearned, and
therefore such as might be left as honest witnesses of the
truth of those things which they heard and saw.
4:23 And 4 Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in h their
i synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the k
kingdom, and healing l all manner of sickness and all
manner of m disease among the people.
(4) Christ assures the hearts of the believers of his spiritual
and saving virtue, by healing the diseases of the body.
(h) Their, that is, the Galilaeans.
(i) Synagogues, that is, the Churches of the Jews.
(k) Of the Messiah.
(l) Diseases of all kinds, but not every disease: that is,
as we say, some of every kind.
(m) The word properly signifies the weakness of the
stomach: but here it is taken for those diseases which
make those that have them faint and wear away.
4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought
unto him all sick people that were taken with divers
diseases and n torments, and those which were possessed
with devils, and those which were o lunatick, and those
that had the p palsy; and he healed them.
(n) The word signifies properly the stone with which gold
is tried: and by a borrowed kind of speech, is applied
to all kinds of examinations by torture, when as by
rough dealing and torments, we draw out the truths from
men who otherwise would not confess: in this place it
is taken for those diseases, which put sick men to
(o) Who at every full moon or the change of the moon, are
troubled and diseased.
(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 do with them as they wish.