MATTHEW 17:20

If you have faith

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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This inspiring verse tells us that is we have faith as small as a mustard seed (a very small seed) it will germinate and grow into something much greater and more powerful. It all starts with faith and the power of belief and then grows and actualizes from there.

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“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

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Matthew 17:20 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
Jesus Ἰησοῦς Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
unto them, αὐτοῖς 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 unto them
Because Διὰ Through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) Because
of ἀπιστίαν Faithlessness, i.e., (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience) of
your ὑμῶν· Of (from or concerning) you your
unbelief: ἀπιστίαν Faithlessness, i.e., (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience) unbelief
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
verily ἀμὴν Properly, firm, i.e., (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially, surely (often as interjection, so be it) verily
I say λέγω 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 say
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
If ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty If
ye have ἔχητε To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) ye have
faith πίστιν Persuasion, i.e., credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself faith
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
a grain κόκκον A kernel of seed grain
of mustard seed, σινάπεως Mustard (the plant) mustard seed
ye shall say ἐρεῖτε An alternate for G2036 in certain tenses; to utter, i.e., speak or say say
unto ὄρει A mountain (as lifting itself above the plain) unto
this τούτῳ To (in, with or by) this (person or thing) this
mountain, ὄρει A mountain (as lifting itself above the plain) mountain
Remove Μετάβηθι To change place Remove
hence ἔντεῦθεν Hence (literally or figuratively); (repeated) on both sides hence
to yonder place; ἐκεῖ There; by extension, thither yonder place
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
it shall remove; μεταβήσεται· To change place remove
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
nothing οὐδὲν Not even one (man, woman or thing), i.e., none, nobody, nothing nothing
shall be impossible ἀδυνατήσει To be unable, i.e., (passively) impossible impossible
unto you. ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you

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  • 18  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

  • 19  Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

  • 20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

  • 21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

  • 22  And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:




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