MATTHEW 20:21

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“And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.”

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Matthew 20:21 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
he The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
unto her, αὐτῇ 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 unto her
What Τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) What
wilt thou? θέλεις To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in wilt
She saith λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
unto 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 unto him
Grant Εἰπὲ To speak or say (by word or writing) Grant
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
these οὗτοι The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) these
my μου Of me my
two δύο "two" two
sons υἱοί A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship sons
may sit, καθίσωσιν To seat down, i.e., set (figuratively, appoint); intransitively, to sit (down); figuratively, to settle (hover, dwell) sit
the one εἷς One one
on 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) on
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
right hand, δεξιῶν The right side or (feminine) hand (as that which usually takes) right hand
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the other εἷς One other
on ἐξ 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) on
the left, εὐωνύμων Properly, well-named (good-omened), i.e., the left (which was the lucky side among the pagan Greeks); neuter as adverbial, at the left hand left
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
kingdom. βασιλείᾳ Properly, royalty, i.e., (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively) kingdom

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  • 19  And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

  • 20  Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

  • 21  And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

  • 22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

  • 23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.




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