ACTS 4:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

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Acts 4:20 Translation & Meaning

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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
we ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) we
cannot δυνάμεθα To be able or possible cannot
but μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether but
speak λαλεῖν To talk, i.e., utter words speak
the things which The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that things
we have seen εἴδομεν 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 seen
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
heard. ἠκούσαμεν To hear (in various senses) heard

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  • 18  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

  • 19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

  • 20  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

  • 21  So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

  • 22  For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.




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