MATTHEW 1:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

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Matthew 1:20 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
while on ἐνθυμηθέντος To be inspirited, i.e., ponder while
he αὐτοῦ 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
thought ἐνθυμηθέντος To be inspirited, i.e., ponder thought
these things, ταῦτα These things these things
behold, ἰδού, Used as imperative lo! behold
the angel ἄγγελος (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor angel
of the Lord Κυρίου Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
appeared ἐφάνη To lighten (shine), i.e., show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative) appeared
unto 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 unto him
in κατ' (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) in
a dream, ὄναρ A dream dream
saying, λέγων, Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saying
Joseph, Ἰωσὴφ Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
thou son υἱὸς A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship son
of David, Δαβίδ, David, the Israelite king David
fear φοβηθῇς To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere fear
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
to take unto thee παραλαβεῖν To receive near, i.e., associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn take
Mary Μαριὰμ Maria or Mariam (i.e., Mirjam), the name of six Christian females Mary
thy σου· Of thee, thy thy
wife: γυναῖκά A woman; specially, a wife wife
for that γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for that
which τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) which
is conceived γεννηθὲν To procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate conceived
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
her αὐτῇ 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 her
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
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
the Πνεύματός A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit the
Holy ἁγίου Sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated) Holy
Ghost. Πνεύματός A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit Ghost

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  • 18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

  • 19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

  • 20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

  • 21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

  • 22  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,




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