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“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

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Ephesians 4:32 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And δὲ But, and, etc And
be ye γίνεσθε To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) be ye
kind χρηστοί Employed, i.e., (by implication) useful (in manner or morals) kind
one ἀλλήλους One another one
to εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases to
another, ἀλλήλους One another another
tenderhearted, εὔσπλαγχνοι Well compassioned, i.e., sympathetic tenderhearted
forgiving χαριζόμενοι To grant as a favor, i.e., gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue forgiving
one another, ἑαυτοῖς (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc one another
even καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words even
as καθὼς Just (or inasmuch) as, that as
God θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
for hath ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc for hath
Christ's sake Χριστῷ Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christs sake
forgiven ἐχαρίσατο To grant as a favor, i.e., gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue forgiven
you. ὑμῖν To (with or by) you you

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  • 30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

  • 31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

  • 32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


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