Luke 4:8
 
Luke 4:8
(KJV) 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.
(1611 KJV) And Iesus answered and said vnto him, Get thee behinde me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him onely shalt thou serue.
(1587 Geneva) But Iesus answered him, and saide, Hence from mee, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lorde thy God, and him alone thou shalt serue.
(1526 Tyndale) Iesus answered him and sayde: hence from me Sathan. For it is written: Thou shalt honour the Lorde thy God and him only serve.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.
(NASV) Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"
(THE MESSAGE) Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness."
(NLT) Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.
(ESV) And Jesus answered him, "It is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.'"
(CEV) Jesus answered, "The Scriptures say: `Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!' "
(1901 ASV) And Jesus answered and said unto him, It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
(HCSB) And Jesus answered him, "It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.
(NCV) Jesus answered, "It is written in the Scriptures: 'You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'"
(RSV) And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.'"
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Jesus said to him in reply, "It is written: 'You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.'"
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
kai apokriqeiV autw eipen o ihsouV upage opisw mou satana gegraptai gar proskunhseiV kurion ton qeon sou kai autw monw latreuseiV
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
kai apokriqeiV o ihsouV eipen autw gegraptai kurion ton qeon sou proskunhseiV kai autw monw latreuseiV
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
L 019 - Eighth century
XI 040 - Sixth century
33 (miniscule) - Ninth Century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
Gamma 036 - Ninth or Tenth century
Delta 037 - Ninth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “get thee behind me Satan”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842 (in brackets or margin)
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Affected Teaching
In this verse the Lord Jesus had dialogued with Satan in His temptations. However, at this point the temptations had finished and Jesus was now rebuking and sending Satan away in a very effective manner. The Lord Jesus had rebuked Satan because He had successfully endured the temptations and now Jesus is specifically telling Satan to go. (James 4:7 KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The principle is given to us in James 4:7 that if you resist the devil and his temptations, he will flee from you. It does not mean that he will never return to tempt.
 
This portion of Luke 4:8 is very important because it tells us who is truly behind the temptation of the Saints. Jesus quotes a passage from Deuteronomy 6:13 in His rebuffing of Satan’s temptations. It tells us that the key to overcoming temptation is the Scriptures themselves. When we have them memorized and Satan begins to attack in a moment of weakness, then we can be like the Apostle Paul who became strong in weakness. (2 Cor 12:10 KJV) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. It is a shame that the modern versions omit the part where the Lord directly rebukes Satan and commands him to leave. It is important to know who our arch-enemy is and the secret to defeat him. This is probably why we have so many modern versions and simultaneously an escalation in sin among Christians.

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