Missing “in all thy ways”.

Luke 4:9-13

(9) And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: (10) For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee (something missing here): (11) And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (12) And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (13) And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Matthew 4:5-7

(5) Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (6) And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (7) Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Psalms 91:11-12

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (This is what’s missing)
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

If we referred to the cf in the bible, it says "Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them."

I read from the Berean newsletter, which had been bugging me for some time, what is the significance of the missing “in all your ways.” in the quote of Satan to Jesus during the temptation?

Quote from the Berean newsletter “The theme here is protection. Satan quotes from Psalm 91:11-12, which has the same theme. He is quoting back to Jesus the very words that He had inspired, but he does it without quoting the entirety of the two verses. He leaves out one phrase: "in all your ways." Jesus immediately replies, showing him that he had misapplied it: God does not guarantee He will protect us "in all our ways."

It is clear why it was misapplied by Satan as Jesus retorted immediately "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

Geneva Study Bible

{g} For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

(g) God has not appointed one angel to every man, but many to be ministers of his providence to keep and defend his in their calling, which is the way to walk in without tempting God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

91:9-16 Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befal, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is, that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth, so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life. At length the believer’s conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation.

CH Spurgeon expounded on this verse:

http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps091.htm
To keep thee in all thy ways. To be a bodyguard, a garrison to the body, soul, and spirit of the saint. The limit of this protection "in all thy ways" is yet no limit to the heart which is right with God. It is not the way of the believer to go out of his way. He keeps in the way, and then the angels keep him. The protection here promised is exceeding broad as to place, for it refers to all our ways, and what do we wish for more? How angels thus keep us we cannot tell. Whether they repel demons, counteract spiritual plots, or even ward off the more subtle physical forces of disease, we do not know. Perhaps we shall one day stand amazed at the multiplied services which the unseen bands have rendered to us.

Conclusion
This is a beautiful Psalm written for us, and it must be important since even Satan uses it to tempt Jesus, be it with or without purpose omitting the words "in all thy ways".
The fact remains that as long as we walk right with God, he will be protecting us through his angels. This reminds me of Job, yes, although he lost his entire family, he was physically ill through the power of the devil, God specifically commanded Satan, "do not touch his LIFE". There are also many incidences recorded in the bible how the angels protected God’s servants.. Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Angel warning Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt, etc.

We know our life are in God’s hand. God is in charge.

However, let us not be like the Satan, tempts God to prove that he will protect us. God is not mocked! I believe if danger befalls us due to our ignorance, more often than not, we are under God’s grace by keeping us safe of trouble. However, as Psalms 34:7 says, "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.", well, if we fear God, we will not be doing anything silly is it not? So this implies those who are disobedient to God, you are on your own.

May God help us to be ever mindful. Let us continue to reverentially fear God and keep his commandments, not because it is required for our salvation, but rather out of Love for Jesus. Jn 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

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~ by ymsim on 2010/02/12.

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