Luke 4:4
Luke 4:4
(KJV) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
(1611 KJV) And Iesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not liue by bread alone, but by euery word of God.
(1587 Geneva Bible) But Iesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not liue by bread only, but by euery word of God.
(1382 Wycliffe) And Jhesus answeride to hym, It is writun, That a man lyueth not in breed aloone, but in euery word of God.
Counterfeit Versions
(CSB) But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.”
(NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.
(NASB) And Jesus answered him, "It is written, ' MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.'"
(ESV) And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"
(HCSB) But Jesus answered him, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.
(ASV-1901) And Jesus answered unto him, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.
(CEV) Jesus answered, "The Scriptures say, `No one can live only on food.' "
(RSV) And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'"
(TNIV) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘People do not live on bread alone’
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Jesus answered him, “Scripture has it, “Not on bread alone shall man live.’”
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) But Jesus replied to him: “It is written, ‘Man must not live by bread alone.’’
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
kai apekriqh ihsouV proV auton legwn gegraptai oti ouk ep artw monw zhsetai o anqrwpoV all epi panti rhmati qeou
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
kai apekriqh proV auton o ihsouV gegraptai oti ouk ep artw monw zhsetai o anqrwpoV
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
L 019 - Seventh century
W 032 - Fourth/fifth century
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
K 017 - Ninth century
Gamma 036 - Ninth or Tenth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
28 (Minuscule) - Eleventh century
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
565 - (Minuscule) - Ninth century
700 - (Minuscule) Eleventh century
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “but by every word of God:”
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857 (in brackets or margin)
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
The affected part of this verse is not found in either (B) Vaticanus or (a) (Aleph) Sinaiticus. These are just deleted without reason. The removal of this part of Scripture gives the impression that every word of God is not important. The Christian is to live by the word of God in contrast to the world that lives only by its five senses. The editors of the modern versions make it clear that their concern is not that Christians read the Bible in its entirety, without any deletions or omissions, but they truncate the word of God according to the Westcott-Hort belief system. If these editors of the modern versions were serious about giving the Christians a complete Bible, they would not allow tampered versions to be placed into the hands of Christians. Their unconcern is obvious when they impeach the verity of the Scriptures by even removing the reminder to Christians that we are to live by every word of God and where is the word of God found? In the Holy Bible!
There is a total of 140,521 in the Greek Text of the New Testament. The Hort-Westcott text differs from the Textus Receptus in 5,604 places for a total of 9,970 words. That is 7% of the entire New Testament in Greek. That would be approximately 15.4 words per page in the New Testament Greek. That is a copious amount of corruption, yet Christians claim that their modern version is more accurate than the King James! Dr. Jack Moorman has researched and found that 2,886 words have been eliminated from the Greek Textus Receptus. This is the equivalent of removing First and Second Peter from the New Testament.
By removing the requirement for Christians to live by the word of God, it opens the doors for false churches and cults to fill in that gap with their own teachings and rituals. If we do not live by the word of God, then what do we live by? Is it the teachings of apostate Protestantism? Is it the superstition of the Roman Catholic Institution? Is it the phony love gospel as found in many cults? When the command of Scripture to live by Scripture is removed, it opens the door for Satan’s people to fill in that gap.
That part of the verse is very important because God had promised to preserve His words and not the concepts or teachings. (Psa 12:6-7 KJV) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. {7} Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Not only has God promised to preserve His words but this passage is a quotation from the Old Testament. (Deu 8:3 KJV) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. In Deuteronomy, God had told the Israelites that man does not live by only bread but by the Word of God. The Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years and throughout their sojourn, was it only the physical food that kept them going? It was God’s guidance and His guidance came through the written and spoken word. So when these modern Gnostics remove any part of Scripture, they are denying true guidance for the Christian from the words of God Himself. Do the modern intellects actually believe they have more knowledge and wisdom than God, so that they can sit in judgment of His holy Word?
The modern versions disregard the very words of God in the Bible and take the liberty of removing what they do not want. The second century Gnostics attacked the Scriptures and the intellects of today claim superior knowledge to what they had back then and yet have chosen to agree with the Gnostics by perpetuating the evil attacks on the Scriptures. So how then do today’s version pundits hold superior knowledge when they are doing the same things the unbelieving Gnostics did and accepting all their corruptions? That would be like a medical doctor who holds a degree from Johns Hopkins University or Harvard University that still uses second century medical techniques. Could the seminaries be putting out religious Gnostics rather than true Bible believing Christians? Guess what? What ever school uses the Hort-Westcott text, that school is a descendant of the school of Alexandria AKA Gnosticism. Then we wonder why our churches are overrun with false gospels. False versions cannot expose or expunge false gospels, not when they themselves are a false gospel.