MATTHEW 2:8

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Matthew 2:8 Translation & Meaning

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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
he sent πέμψας To dispatch (from the subjective view or point of departure, whereas ἵημι (as a stronger form of εἶμι) refers rather to the objective point or terminus ad quem, and G4724 denotes properly, the orderly motion involved), especially on a temporary errand; also to transmit, bestow, or wield sent
them αὐτοὺς 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
to εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases to
Bethlehem, Βηθλεὲμ Bethleem (i.e., Beth-lechem), a place in Palestine Bethlehem
and said, εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
Go Πορευθέντες To traverse, i.e., travel (literally or figuratively; especially to remove (figuratively, die), live, etc.) Go
and search ἐξετάσατε To test thoroughly (by questions), i.e., ascertain or interrogate search
diligently ἀκριβῶς Exactly diligently
for περὶ Properly, through (all over), i.e., around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period) for
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
young child; παιδίου· A childling (of either sex), i.e., (properly), an infant, or (by extension) a half-grown boy or girl; figuratively, an immature Christian young child
and δὲ But, and, etc and
when ἐπὰν A particle of indefinite contemporaneousness; whenever, as soon as when
ye have found εὕρητε To find (literally or figuratively) found
him, (No Greek definition. English implied.)
bring word again, ἀπαγγείλατέ To announce bring word again
me μοι To me me
that ὅπως What(-ever) how, i.e., in the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual) that
I κἀγὼ So also the dative case κἀμοί, and accusative case κἀμέ and (or also, even, etc.) I, (to) me I
may come ἐλθὼν To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) come
and worship προσκυνήσω To fawn or crouch to, i.e., (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) worship
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
also. κἀγὼ So also the dative case κἀμοί, and accusative case κἀμέ and (or also, even, etc.) I, (to) me also

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  • 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.

  • 9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

  • 10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.




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