MATTHEW 18:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

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Matthew 18:12 Translation & Meaning

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How Τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) How
think δοκεῖ Of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem (truthfully or uncertainly) think
ye? ὑμῖν To (with or by) you ye
if ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty if
a τινι Some or any person or object a
man ἀνθρώπῳ Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
have γένηταί To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) have
an hundred ἑκατὸν A hundred hundred
sheep, πρόβατα Something that walks forward (a quadruped), i.e., (specially), a sheep (literally or figuratively) sheep
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
one ἓν One one
of ἐξ 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) of
them αὐτῶν 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 them
be gone astray, πλανηθῇ To (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) gone astray
doth he ἀφεῖς To send forth, in various applications (as follow) doth
not οὐχὶ Not indeed not
leave ἀφεῖς To send forth, in various applications (as follow) leave
the τὰ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
ninety and nine, ἐννενήκονταεννέα, Ninety-nine ninety nine
and goeth πορευθεὶς To traverse, i.e., travel (literally or figuratively; especially to remove (figuratively, die), live, etc.) goeth
into 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 into
the τὰ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
mountains, ὄρη A mountain (as lifting itself above the plain) mountains
and seeketh ζητεῖ To seek (literally or figuratively); specially, (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life) seeketh
that which is gone astray? πλανώμενον To (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) gone astray

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  • 10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

  • 11  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

  • 12  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

  • 13  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

  • 14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.




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