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“And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)”

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Hebrews 12:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And καί And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
so οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) so
terrible φοβερὸν Frightful, i.e., (objectively) formidable terrible
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
sight, φανταζόμενον To make apparent, i.e., (passively) to appear (neuter participle as noun, a spectacle) sight
that (No Greek definition. English implied.)
Moses Μωσῆς Moseus, Moses, or Mouses (i.e., Mosheh), the Hebrew lawgiver Moses
said, εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
I εἰμι I exist (used only when emphatic) I
exceedingly fear Ἔκφοβός Frightened out of one's wits exceedingly fear
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
quake:) ἔντρομος Terrified quake

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  • 19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

  • 20  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

  • 21  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

  • 22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

  • 23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,


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