MATTHEW 18:16

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But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

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Matthew 18:16 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
if ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty if
he will ἀκούσῃ To hear (in various senses) he will
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
hear ἀκούσῃ To hear (in various senses) hear
thee, then (No Greek definition. English implied.)
take παράλαβε To receive near, i.e., associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn take
with μετὰ Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
thee σοῦ Of thee, thy thee
one ἕνα One one
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
two δύο "two" two
more, ἔτι "yet," still (of time or degree) more
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
in 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 in
the mouth στόματος The mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication, language (and its relations); figuratively, an opening (in the earth); specially, the front or edge (of a weapon) mouth
of μαρτύρων A witness (literally (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case)); by analogy, a "martyr" of
two δύο "two" two
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
three τριῶν "three" three
witnesses μαρτύρων A witness (literally (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case)); by analogy, a "martyr" witnesses
every πᾶν All, any, every, the whole every
word ῥῆμα· An utterance (individually, collectively or specially),; by implication, a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever word
may be established. σταθῇ To stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively) established

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

  • 15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

  • 16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

  • 17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

  • 18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.




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