"Get thee behind me Satan"
'The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain' (1308-1311)
Public Domain'The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain' (1308-1311) - Credit: Ducco di Buoninsegna (Ronosonar)

These are words spoken by Jesus when he was tempted by the devil during his period in the Judaean Desert. They are recorded in the Gospel of Luke (4:8) in the King James Version of the Bible like this:

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.

The phrase is repeated by Jesus on another occasion when he rebukes his disciple Peter, an event which is recorded in the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33). Mark's version goes like this:

But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

'Get Thee Behind Me Satan' is also a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1936 film Follow the Fleet.

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