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“And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

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Matthew 21:24 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
Jesus Ἰησοῦς Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
answered ἀποκριθεὶς To conclude for oneself, i.e., (by implication) to respond; by Hebraism (compare H6030) to begin to speak (where an address is expected) answered
and said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
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
I also κἀγὼ So also the dative case κἀμοί, and accusative case κἀμέ and (or also, even, etc.) I, (to) me also
will ask Ἐρωτήσω To interrogate; by implication, to request ask
you ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
one ἕνα One one
thing, λόγον Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) thing
which ὃν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that which
if ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty if
ye tell εἴπητέ To speak or say (by word or writing) tell
me, μοι To me me
I in like wise κἀγὼ So also the dative case κἀμοί, and accusative case κἀμέ and (or also, even, etc.) I, (to) me like wise
will tell ἐρῶ An alternate for G2036 in certain tenses; to utter, i.e., speak or say tell
you ὑμῖν To (with or by) you you
by ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc by
what ποίᾳ Individualizing interrogative (of character) what sort of, or (of number) which one what
authority ἐξουσίᾳ Privilege, i.e., (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence authority
I do ποιῶ· To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
these things. ταῦτα These things these things

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  • 22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

  • 23  And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

  • 24  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

  • 25  The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

  • 26  But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.


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