JOHN 12:49




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For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

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John 12:49 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because For
I ἐγὼ I, me I
have ἐλάλησα To talk, i.e., utter words have
not οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
spoken ἐλάλησα To talk, i.e., utter words spoken
of ἐξ 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) of
myself; ἐμαυτοῦ Of myself so likewise the dative case ἐμαυτῷ, and accusative case ἐμαυτόν myself
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
the Father πατὴρ A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
which sent πέμψας To dispatch (from the subjective view or point of departure, whereas ἵημι (as a stronger form of εἶμι) refers rather to the objective point or terminus ad quem, and G4724 denotes properly, the orderly motion involved), especially on a temporary errand; also to transmit, bestow, or wield sent
me, με Me me
he αὐτός 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 he
gave ἔδωκεν To give (used in a very wide application, properly, or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection) gave
me μοι To me me
a commandment, ἐντολὴν Injunction, i.e., an authoritative prescription commandment
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
I should say, εἴπω To speak or say (by word or writing) should say
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
I should speak. λαλήσω To talk, i.e., utter words should speak

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  • 47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

  • 48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

  • 49  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

  • 50  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.


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