Matthew 24:4

ESV And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray.
NIV Jesus answered: 'Watch out that no one deceives you.
NASB And Jesus answered and said to them, 'See to it that no one misleads you.
CSB Jesus replied to them, "Watch out that no one deceives you.
NLT Jesus told them, 'Don’t let anyone mislead you,
KJV And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

What does Matthew 24:4 mean?

Jesus begins to answer a two-part question from the disciples. They have heard His declarations about the coming judgment on Jerusalem, as well as His statement that He will leave and return. They have asked Jesus when this judgment will come and what the sign of His return will be.

The first response is a warning to the disciples to watch themselves, so they are not deceived. He tells them to make sure nobody leads them astray, referring to the time when He will be absent from them. He will warn in the following verse about deceivers who will pretend to be the Christ. He wants them to be clear that He alone is the Messiah.

This begins the main portion of the so-called Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:3), which will extend uninterrupted until the end of chapter 25 (Matthew 25:46).
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