MATTHEW 28:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

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Matthew 28:4 Translation & Meaning

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And δὲ But, and, etc And
for ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) for
fear φόβου Alarm or fright fear
of 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 of him
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
keepers 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) keepers
did shake, ἐσείσθησαν To rock (vibrate, properly, sideways or to and fro), i.e., (generally) to agitate (in any direction; cause to tremble); figuratively, to throw into a tremor (of fear or concern) did shake
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
became ἐγένοντο To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) became
as ὡσεὶ As if as
dead νεκροί Dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun) dead
men. (No Greek definition. English implied.)

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  • 2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

  • 3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

  • 4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

  • 5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

  • 6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.




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