MATTHEW 3:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Matthew 3:9 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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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
think δόξητε Of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem (truthfully or uncertainly) think
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
to say λέγειν 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 say
within ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc within
yourselves, ἑαυτοῖς (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc yourselves
We have ἔχομεν To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) We have
Abraham Ἀβραάμ· Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch Abraham
to father: Πατέρα A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) father
our (No Greek definition. English implied.)
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
I say λέγω 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 say
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
God Θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
is able δύναται To be able or possible able
of 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) of
these τούτων Of (from or concerning) these (persons or things) these
stones λίθων A stone (literally or figuratively) stones
to raise up ἐγεῖραι To waken (transitively or intransitively), i.e., rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence) raise up
children τέκνα A child (as produced) children
unto Abraham. Ἀβραάμ Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch Abraham

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  • 7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

  • 8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

  • 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:




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