MATTHEW 11:23

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And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

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Matthew 11:23 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
thou, σύ Thou thou
Capernaum, Καπερναούμ, Capernaum (i.e., Caphanachum), a place in Palestine Capernaum
which art exalted ὑψωθεῖσα, To elevate (literally or figuratively) art exalted
unto ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) unto
heaven, οὐρανοῦ The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
shalt be brought down καταβιβασθήσῃ· To cause to go down, i.e., precipitate brought down
to ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) to
hell: ᾅδου Properly, unseen, i.e., "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls hell
for ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because for
if εἰ If, whether, that, etc if
the αἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
mighty works, δυνάμεις Force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself) mighty works
which have been done γενόμεναι To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) been done
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
thee, σοί To thee thee
had been done ἐγένοντο To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) been done
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
Sodom, Σοδόμοις Sodoma (i.e., Sedom), a place in Palestine Sodom
it ἔμειναν To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) it
would have ἂν Whatsoever would
remained ἔμειναν To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) remained
until μέχρι As far as, i.e., up to a certain point (as a preposition, of extent (denoting the terminus, whereas G0891 refers especially to the space of time or place intervening) or conjunction) until
this day. σήμερον On the (i.e., this) day (or night current or just passed); generally, now (i.e., at present, hitherto) day

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  • 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.

  • 23  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

  • 24  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

  • 25  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.




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