MATTHEW 2:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Matthew 2:9 Translation & Meaning

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When δὲ But, and, etc When
they οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) they
had heard ἀκούσαντες To hear (in various senses) heard
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
king, βασιλέως A sovereign (abstractly, relatively, or figuratively) king
they departed; ἐπορεύθησαν To traverse, i.e., travel (literally or figuratively; especially to remove (figuratively, die), live, etc.) departed
and, καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
lo, ἰδού, Used as imperative lo! lo
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
star, ἀστὴρ A star (as strown over the sky), literally or figuratively star
which ὃν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that which
they saw εἶδον Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know saw
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
east, ἀνατολῇ A rising of light, i.e., dawn (figuratively); by implication, the east (also in plural) east
went before προῆγεν To lead forward (magisterially); intransitively, to precede (in place or time (participle, previous)) before
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
till ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) till
it came ἐλθὼν To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) came
and stood ἔστη To stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively) stood
over ἐπάνω Up above, i.e., over or on (of place, amount, rank, etc.) over
where οὗ At which place, i.e., where where
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
young child παιδίον 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
was. ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was

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  • 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.

  • 11  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.




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