MATTHEW 3:14

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?”

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Matthew 3:14 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
John Ἰωάννης Joannes (i.e., Jochanan), the name of four Israelites John
forbad διεκώλυεν To hinder altogether, i.e., utterly prohibit forbad
him, αὐτὸν 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
saying, λέγων, 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
I Ἐγὼ I, me I
have ἔχω To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) have
need χρείαν Employment, i.e., an affair; also (by implication) occasion, demand, requirement or destitution need
to be baptized βαπτισθῆναι 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 baptized
of ὑπὸ Under, i.e., (with the genitive case) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative case) of place (whither (underneath) or where (below) or time (when (at)) of
thee, σοῦ Of thee, thy thee
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
comest ἔρχῃ To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) comest
thou σὺ Thou thou
to πρός A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) to
me? με Me me

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  • 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.

  • 14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

  • 15  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

  • 16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:




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