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“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,”

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Matthew 12:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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That ὅπως What(-ever) how, i.e., in the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual) That
it might be fulfilled πληρωθῇ To make replete, i.e., (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc might fulfilled
which was spoken ῥηθὲν To utter, i.e., speak or say spoken
by διὰ Through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) by
Esaias Ἠσαΐου Hesaias (i.e., Jeshajah), an Israelite Esaias
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
prophet, προφήτου A foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet prophet
saying, λέγοντος 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

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  • 15  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

  • 16  And charged them that they should not make him known:

  • 17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

  • 18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

  • 19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.


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