MATTHEW 21:31

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Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

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Matthew 21:31 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Whether τίς An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) Whether
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) of
them τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) them
twain δύο "two" twain
did ἐποίησεν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) did
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
will θέλημα A determination (properly, the thing), i.e., (actively) choice (specially, purpose, decree; abstractly, volition) or (passively) inclination will
of father? πατρός; A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) father
his (No Greek definition. English implied.)
They 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 They
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
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
The The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) The
first. πρῶτος. Foremost (in time, place, order or importance) first
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
Verily Ἀμὴν Properly, firm, i.e., (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially, surely (often as interjection, so be it) Verily
I say λέγω 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
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
That ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because That
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
publicans τελῶναι A tax-farmer, i.e., collector of public revenue publicans
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the αἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
harlots πόρναι A strumpet; figuratively, an idolater harlots
go προάγουσιν To lead forward (magisterially); intransitively, to precede (in place or time (participle, previous)) go
into εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases into
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
kingdom βασιλείαν Properly, royalty, i.e., (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively) kingdom
of God θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
before προάγουσιν To lead forward (magisterially); intransitively, to precede (in place or time (participle, previous)) before
you. ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you

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  • 29  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

  • 30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

  • 31  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

  • 32  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

  • 33  Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:




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