MATTHEW 21:25

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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?”

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Matthew 21:25 Translation & Meaning

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The τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) The
baptism βάπτισμα Baptism (technically or figuratively) baptism
of John, Ἰωάννου Joannes (i.e., Jochanan), the name of four Israelites John
whence πόθεν From which (as interrogative) or what (as relative) place, state, source or cause whence
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
it? ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) it
from 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) from
heaven, οὐρανοῦ The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
of 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) of
men? ἀνθρώπων Man-faced, i.e., a human being men
And δὲ But, and, etc And
they οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) they
reasoned διελογίζοντο To reckon thoroughly, i.e., (genitive case) to deliberate (by reflection or discussion) reasoned
with παρ᾽ Properly, near; i.e., (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local (especially beyond or opposed to) or causal (on account of) with
themselves, ἑαυτοῖς (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc themselves
saying, λέγοντες 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 saying
If Ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty If
we shall say, εἴπωμεν To speak or say (by word or writing) say
From 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) From
heaven; οὐρανοῦ The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
he will say ἐρεῖ An alternate for G2036 in certain tenses; to utter, i.e., speak or say say
unto us, ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us unto us
Why Διατί Through what cause ?, i.e., why? Why
did ye ἐπιστεύσατε To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e., credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ) did
not οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
then οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly then
believe ἐπιστεύσατε To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e., credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ) believe
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

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  • 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.

  • 27  And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.




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