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

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Matthew 27:55 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
many πολλαὶ (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverbial, largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely many
women γυναῖκες A woman; specially, a wife women
were Ἦσαν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) were
there ἐκεῖ There; by extension, thither there
beholding θεωροῦσαι To be a spectator of, i.e., discern, (literally, figuratively (experience) or intensively (acknowledge)) beholding
afar μακρόθεν From a distance or afar afar
off, ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) off
which αἵτινες Which some, i.e., any that; also (definite) which same which
followed ἠκολούθησαν Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e., to accompany (specially, as a disciple) followed
Jesus Ἰησοῦ Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
from ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) from
Galilee, Γαλιλαίας Galilaea (i.e., the heathen circle), a region of Palestine Galilee
ministering διακονοῦσαι To be an attendant, i.e., wait upon (menially or as a host, friend, or (figuratively) teacher); technically, to act as a Christian deacon ministering
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

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  • 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.

  • 57  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:


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