Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 4:16
- Saw a great light (pwv eiden mega).
- Matthew quotes Isaiah 9:1, and applies the words about the deliverer from Assyria to the Messiah. "The same district lay in spiritual darkness and death and the new era dawned when Christ went thither" (McNeile). Light sprang up from those who were sitting in the region and shadow of death (en xorai kai skiai tanatou). Death is personified.