MATTHEW 27:54

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”

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Matthew 27:54 Translation & Meaning

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Now when δὲ But, and, etc Now
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
centurion, ἑκατόνταρχος The captain of one hundred men centurion
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
they οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) they
that were with μετ' Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) that were with
him, 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 him
watching τηροῦντες To guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e., to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried) watching
Jesus, Ἰησοῦν Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
saw ἰδόντες Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know saw
the τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
earthquake, σεισμὸν A commotion, i.e., (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake earthquake
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
those things that were done, γενόμενα To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) those things done
they feared ἐφοβήθησαν To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere feared
greatly, σφόδρα Of uncertain derivation) as adverb; vehemently, i.e., in a high degree, much greatly
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
Truly Ἀληθῶς Truly Truly
this οὗτος The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) this
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
the Son υἱὸς A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship Son
of God. θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

  • 53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

  • 54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

  • 55  And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

  • 56  Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.




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