MATTHEW 21:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

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Matthew 21:16 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
said εἶπον To speak or say (by word or writing) said
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
Hearest thou Ἀκούεις To hear (in various senses) Hearest
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
these οὗτοι The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) these
say? λέγουσιν 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 say
And δὲ But, and, etc And
Jesus Ἰησοῦς Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
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 them, αὐτοῖς 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 them
Yea; Ναί Yes Yea
have ye ἀνέγνωτε To know again, i.e., (by extension) to read have ye
never οὐδέποτε Not even at any time, i.e., never at all never
read, ἀνέγνωτε To know again, i.e., (by extension) to read read
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
the mouth στόματος The mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication, language (and its relations); figuratively, an opening (in the earth); specially, the front or edge (of a weapon) mouth
of babes νηπίων Not speaking, i.e., an infant (minor); figuratively, a simple-minded person, an immature Christian babes
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
sucklings θηλαζόντων To suckle, (by implication) to suck sucklings
thou hast perfected κατηρτίσω To complete thoroughly, i.e., repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust perfected
praise? αἶνον Properly, a story, but used in the sense of G1868; praise (of God) praise

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  • 14  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

  • 15  And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,

  • 16  And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

  • 17  And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

  • 18  Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.




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