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For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

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Matthew 15:19 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
out 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) out
of καρδίας The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle of
the τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
heart καρδίας The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle heart
proceed ἐξέρχονται To issue (literally or figuratively) proceed
evil πονηροί Hurtful, i.e., evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e., diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e., derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners evil
thoughts, διαλογισμοὶ Discussion, i.e., (internal) consideration (by implication, purpose), or (external) debate thoughts
murders, φόνοι Murder murders
adulteries, μοιχεῖαι Adultery adulteries
fornications, πορνεῖαι Harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry fornications
thefts, κλοπαί Stealing thefts
false witness, ψευδομαρτυρίαι Untrue testimony false witness
blasphemies: βλασφημίαι Vilification (especially against God) blasphemies

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  • 17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

  • 18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

  • 19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

  • 20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

  • 21  Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.


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