LUKE 1:18

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.”

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Luke 1:18 Translation & Meaning

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And Καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
Zacharias Ζαχαρίας Zacharias (i.e., Zechariah), the name of two Israelites Zacharias
said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
unto πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) unto
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
angel, ἄγγελον (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor angel
Whereby Κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) Whereby
shall I know γνώσομαι To "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed) know
this? τοῦτο That thing this
for γάρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
I ἐγὼ I, me I
am εἰμι I exist (used only when emphatic) am
an old man, πρεσβύτης An old man old man
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
my μου Of me my
wife γυνή A woman; specially, a wife wife
well stricken προβεβηκυῖα To walk forward, i.e., advance (literally, or in years) well stricken
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
years. ἡμέραις Day, i.e., (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively, a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context) years

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  • 16  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

  • 17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

  • 18  And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

  • 19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

  • 20  And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.




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