JOHN 12:20



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“And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:”

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John 12:20 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
there were Ἦσαν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) there were
certain τινες Some or any person or object certain
Greeks Ἕλληνές A Hellen (Grecian) or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek-speaking person, especially a non-Jew Greeks
among ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) among
them that came up ἀναβαινόντων To go up (literally or figuratively) came up
to ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) to
worship προσκυνήσωσιν To fawn or crouch to, i.e., (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) worship
at ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc at
the τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
feast: ἑορτῇ· A festival feast

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  • 18  For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

  • 19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

  • 20  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

  • 21  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

  • 22  Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.


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