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Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

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Matthew 24:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Let come καταβαινέτω To descend (literally or figuratively) Let come
him The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) him
which is The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) which is
on ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc on
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
housetop δώματος Properly, an edifice, i.e., (specially) a roof housetop
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
down καταβαινέτω To descend (literally or figuratively) down
to take ἆραι To lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e., weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare H5375) to expiate sin take
any thing τι Some or any person or object any thing
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
his αὐτοῦ 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 his
house: οἰκίας Properly, residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication, a family (especially domestics) house

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  • 15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

  • 16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

  • 17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

  • 18  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

  • 19  And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!


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