MATTHEW 21:26

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Matthew 21:26 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
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
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
we fear φοβούμεθα To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere fear
the τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
people; ὄχλον A throng (as borne along); by implication, the rabble; by extension, a class of people; figuratively, a riot people
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
all πάντες All, any, every, the whole all
hold ἔχουσιν To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) hold
John Ἰωάννην Joannes (i.e., Jochanan), the name of four Israelites John
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
a prophet. προφήτην A foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet prophet

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  • 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.

  • 28  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.




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