MATTHEW 3:11

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”

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Matthew 3:11 Translation & Meaning

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I Ἐγὼ I, me I
indeed μὲν Properly, indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.) indeed
baptize βαπτίζω To immerse, submerge; to make whelmed (i.e., fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism baptize
you ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
with ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc with
water ὕδατι Water (as if rainy) literally or figuratively water
unto εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases unto
repentance: μετάνοιαν (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication, reversal (of (another's) decision) repentance
but δὲ But, and, etc but
he that The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he that
cometh ἐρχόμενος To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) cometh
after ὀπίσω To the back, i.e., aback (as adverb or preposition of time or place; or as noun) after
me μου Of me me
is ἐστίν, He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
mightier than ἰσχυρότερός Forcible (literally or figuratively) mightier than
I, μου Of me I
whose οὗ The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that whose
shoes ὑποδήματα Something bound under the feet, i.e., a shoe or sandal shoes
I am εἰμὶ I exist (used only when emphatic) am
not οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
worthy ἱκανὸς Competent (as if coming in season), i.e., ample (in amount) or fit (in character) worthy
to bear: βαστάσαι· To lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.) bear
he αὐτὸς 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 he
shall baptize βαπτίσει To immerse, submerge; to make whelmed (i.e., fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism baptize
you ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
with ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc with
the Holy ἁγίῳ Sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated) Holy
Ghost, πνεύματι A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit Ghost
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
with (No Greek definition. English implied.)
fire: πυρί· "fire" (literally or figuratively, specially, lightning) fire

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  • 9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

  • 10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • 11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

  • 12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

  • 13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.




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