MATTHEW 5:18

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For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

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Matthew 5:18 Translation & Meaning

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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
verily ἀμὴν Properly, firm, i.e., (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially, surely (often as interjection, so be it) verily
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
Till ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) Till
heaven οὐρανὸς The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
earth γῆ Soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application) earth
pass, παρέλθῃ To come near or aside, i.e., to approach (arrive), go by (or away), (figuratively) perish or neglect, (causative) avert pass
one ἓν One one
jot ἰῶτα "iota", the name of the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, put (figuratively) for a very small part of anything jot
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
one μία One one
tittle κεραία Something horn-like, i.e., (specially) the apex of a Hebrew letter (figuratively, the least particle) tittle
shall παρέλθῃ To come near or aside, i.e., to approach (arrive), go by (or away), (figuratively) perish or neglect, (causative) avert shall
in no οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not no
wise μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether wise
pass παρέλθῃ To come near or aside, i.e., to approach (arrive), go by (or away), (figuratively) perish or neglect, (causative) avert pass
from ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) from
the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
law, νόμου Law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle) law
till ἕως A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until (of time and place) till
all πάντα All, any, every, the whole all
be fulfilled. γένηται To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) fulfilled

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  • 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

  • 17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

  • 18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

  • 19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  • 20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.




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