MATTHEW 12:33

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Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

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Matthew 12:33 Translation & Meaning

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Either Disjunctive, or; comparative, than Either
make ποιήσατε To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) make
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
tree δένδρον A tree tree
good, καλὸν Properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e., valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic) good
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
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
fruit καρπὸν Fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively fruit
good; καλόν· Properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e., valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic) good
or else Disjunctive, or; comparative, than else
make ποιήσατε To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) make
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
tree δένδρον A tree tree
corrupt, σαπρὸν Rotten, i.e., worthless (literally or morally) corrupt
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
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
fruit καρπὸν Fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively fruit
corrupt: σαπρόν· Rotten, i.e., worthless (literally or morally) corrupt
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
tree δένδρον A tree tree
is known γινώσκεται To "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed) known
by 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) by
his (No Greek definition. English implied.)
fruit. καρποῦ Fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively fruit

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  • 31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

  • 32  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

  • 33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

  • 34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

  • 35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.




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