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“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

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Matthew 2:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And Καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
thou σὺ Thou thou
Bethlehem, Βηθλεέμ Bethleem (i.e., Beth-lechem), a place in Palestine Bethlehem
in (No Greek definition. English implied.)
the land γῆ Soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) land
of Juda, Ἰούδα Judah (i.e., Jehudah or Juttah), a part of (or place in) Palestine Juda
art εἶ Thou art art
not οὐδαμῶς By no means not
the least ἐλαχίστη Used as equivalent to G3398; least (in size, amount, dignity, etc.) least
among ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc among
the τοῖς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
princes ἡγεμόσιν A leader, i.e., chief person (or figuratively, place) of a province princes
of Juda: Ἰούδα· Judah (i.e., Jehudah or Juttah), a part of (or place in) Palestine Juda
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
out of ἐκ 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) out
thee σοῦ Of thee, thy thee
shall come ἐξελεύσεται To issue (literally or figuratively) come
a Governor, ἡγούμενος To lead, i.e., command (with official authority); figuratively, to deem, i.e., consider Governor
that ὅστις Which some, i.e., any that; also (definite) which same that
shall rule ποιμανεῖ To tend as a shepherd of (figuratively, superviser) rule
my μου Of me my
people λαόν A people (in general; thus differing from G1218, which denotes one's own populace) people
Israel. Ἰσραήλ Israel (i.e., Jisrael), the adopted name of Jacob, including his descendants (literally or figuratively) Israel

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  • 4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

  • 5  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

  • 6  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

  • 7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

  • 8  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.


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