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“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

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Matthew 3:17 Translation & Meaning

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And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
lo ἰδού, Used as imperative lo! lo
a voice φωνὴ A tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by implication, an address (for any purpose), saying or language voice
from ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) from
heaven, οὐρανῶν The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
saying, λέγουσα 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
This Οὗτός The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) This
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
my μου Of me my
beloved ἀγαπητός, Beloved beloved
Son, υἱός A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship Son
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
whom The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that whom
I am well pleased. εὐδόκησα To think well of, i.e., approve (an act); specially, to approbate (a person or thing) am well pleased

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  • 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:

  • 17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


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