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Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

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Matthew 13:48 Translation & Meaning

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Which, ἣν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that Which
when ὅτε At which (thing) too, i.e., when when
it was full, ἐπληρώθη 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 full
they drew ἀναβιβάσαντες To cause to go up, i.e., haul (a net) drew
to ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc to
shore, αἰγιαλὸν A beach (on which the waves dash) shore
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
sat down, καθίσαντες To seat down, i.e., set (figuratively, appoint); intransitively, to sit (down); figuratively, to settle (hover, dwell) sat down
and gathered συνέλεξαν To collect gathered
the τὰ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
good καλὰ 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
into εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases into
vessels, ἀγγεῖα, A receptacle vessels
but δὲ But, and, etc but
cast ἔβαλον To throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense) cast
the τὰ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
bad σαπρὰ Rotten, i.e., worthless (literally or morally) bad
away. ἔξω Out(-side) (of doors), literally or figuratively away

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  • 46  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

  • 47  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

  • 48  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

  • 49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

  • 50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.


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