ACTS 3:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”

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Acts 3:12 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
when ἰδὼν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know when
Peter Πέτρος A (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle Peter
saw ἰδὼν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know saw
it, (No Greek definition. English implied.)
he answered ἀπεκρίνατο To conclude for oneself, i.e., (by implication) to respond; by Hebraism (compare H6030) to begin to speak (where an address is expected) answered
unto πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) unto
the τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
people, λαόν A people (in general; thus differing from G1218, which denotes one's own populace) people
Ye men Ἄνδρες A man (properly as an individual male) men
of Israel, Ἰσραηλῖται An "Israelite", i.e., descendant of Israel (literally or figuratively) Israel
why τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) why
marvel ye θαυμάζετε To wonder; by implication, to admire marvel
at ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc at
this? τούτῳ To (in, with or by) this (person or thing) this
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
why τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) why
look ye so earnestly ἀτενίζετε To gaze intently look earnestly
on us, ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us on us
as though ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) though
by our δυνάμει Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) by our
own ἰδίᾳ Pertaining to self, i.e., one's own; by implication, private or separate own
power δυνάμει Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) power
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
holiness εὐσεβείᾳ Piety; specially, the gospel scheme holiness
we had made πεποιηκόσιν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) made
this τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) this
man αὐτόν The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons man
to walk? περιπατεῖν To tread all around, i.e., walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) walk

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  • 10  And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

  • 11  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

  • 12  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

  • 13  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

  • 14  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;




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