MATTHEW 17:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”

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Matthew 17:4 Translation & Meaning

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Then δὲ But, and, etc Then
answered ἀποκριθεὶς To conclude for oneself, i.e., (by implication) to respond; by Hebraism (compare H6030) to begin to speak (where an address is expected) answered
Peter, Πέτρος A (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle Peter
and said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
unto Jesus, Ἰησοῦ Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
Lord, Κύριε Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
it is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are it is
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
for us ἡμᾶς Us for us
to be εἶναι· To exist to be
here: ὧδε In this same spot, i.e., here or hither here
if εἰ If, whether, that, etc if
thou wilt, θέλεις To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in wilt
let us make ποιήσωμεν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) let make
here ὧδε In this same spot, i.e., here or hither here
three τρεῖς "three" three
tabernacles; σκηνάς, A tent or cloth hut (literally or figuratively) tabernacles
one μίαν One one
for thee, σοὶ To thee for thee
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
one μίαν One one
for Moses, Μωσῇ Moseus, Moses, or Mouses (i.e., Mosheh), the Hebrew lawgiver Moses
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
one μίαν One one
for Elias. Ἠλίᾳ Helias (i.e., Elijah), an Israelite Elias

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  • 2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

  • 3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

  • 4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

  • 5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

  • 6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.




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