MATTHEW 12:42

wisdom of Solomon

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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Jesus tells the scribes and Pharisees that, like the historical Queen of Sheba who came to visit king Solomon to see him for herself; such a person of great stature will come and find one greater than king Solomon. That is, Jesus Christ.

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The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

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Matthew 12:42 Translation & Meaning

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The queen βασίλισσα A queen queen
of the south νότου The south(-west) wind; by extension, the southern quarter itself south
shall rise up ἐγερθήσεται To waken (transitively or intransitively), i.e., rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence) rise up
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
judgment κρίσει Decision (subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice (especially, divine law) judgment
with μετὰ Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
this ταύτης The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) this
generation, γενεᾶς A generation; by implication, an age (the period or the persons) generation
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
shall condemn κατακρινεῖ To judge against, i.e., sentence condemn
it: αὐτήν, 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 it
for ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because for
she came ἦλθεν To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) came
from 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) from
the τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
uttermost parts περάτων An extremity uttermost parts
of γῆς Soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) of
the τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
earth γῆς Soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) earth
to hear ἀκοῦσαι To hear (in various senses) hear
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
wisdom σοφίαν Wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual) wisdom
of Solomon; Σολομῶντος· Solomon (i.e., Shelomoh), the son of David Solomon
and, καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
behold, ἰδού, Used as imperative lo! behold
a greater πλεῖον More in quantity, number, or quality; also (in plural) the major portion greater
than Solomon Σολομῶντος Solomon (i.e., Shelomoh), the son of David than Solomon
is (No Greek definition. English implied.)
here. ὧδε In this same spot, i.e., here or hither here

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  • 40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

  • 41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

  • 42  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

  • 43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

  • 44  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.




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