JOHN 8:41




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Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”

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John 8:41 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Ye ὑμεῖς You (as subjective of verb) Ye
do ποιεῖτε To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
the τὰ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
deeds ἔργα Toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act deeds
of your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you of your
father. πατρὸς A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) father
Then οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly Then
said they εἶπον To speak or say (by word or writing) said
to him, αὐτῷ 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 to him
We Ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) We
be γεγεννήμεθα· To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate be
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
born γεγεννήμεθα· To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate born
of 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) of
fornication; πορνείας Harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry fornication
we have ἔχομεν To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) we have
one ἕνα One one
Father, πατέρα A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
even (No Greek definition. English implied.)
God. θεόν A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 39  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

  • 40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

  • 41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

  • 42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

  • 43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.


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