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“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:”

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Matthew 11:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Then Τότε The when, i.e., at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution) Then
began ἤρξατο To commence (in order of time) began
he ἤρξατο To commence (in order of time) he
to upbraid ὀνειδίζειν To defame, i.e., rail at, chide, taunt upbraid
the τὰς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
cities πόλεις A town (properly, with walls, of greater or less size) cities
wherein αἷς The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that wherein
most πλεῖσται The largest number or very large most
of mighty δυνάμεις Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) mighty
his 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 his
works δυνάμεις Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) works
were done, ἐγένοντο To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) done
because ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because because
they repented μετενόησαν· To think differently or afterwards, i.e., reconsider (morally, feel compunction) repented
not: οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not

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  • 18  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

  • 19  The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

  • 20  Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

  • 21  Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

  • 22  But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.


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