MATTHEW 18:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”

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Matthew 18:21 Translation & Meaning

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Then Τότε The when, i.e., at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution) Then
came προσελθὼν To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to came
Peter Πέτρος A (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle Peter
to him, αὐτῷ 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 to him
and said, εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
Lord, Κύριε Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
how oft ποσάκις How many times how oft
shall ἁμαρτήσει Properly, to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e., (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin shall
my μου Of me my
brother ἀδελφός A brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like G0001) brother
sin ἁμαρτήσει Properly, to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e., (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin sin
against εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases against
me, ἐμὲ Me me
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
I forgive ἀφήσω To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
him? αὐτῷ 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 him
till ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) till
seven times? ἑπτάκις Seven times seven times

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  • 19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

  • 20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  • 21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

  • 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

  • 23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.




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