MATTHEW 5:19

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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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.

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Matthew 5:19 Translation & Meaning

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Whosoever ὃς The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that Whosoever
therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly therefore
shall break λύσῃ To "loosen" (literally or figuratively) break
one μίαν One one
of ἐντολῶν Injunction, i.e., an authoritative prescription of
these τούτων Of (from or concerning) these (persons or things) these
least ἐλαχίστων Used as equivalent to G3398; least (in size, amount, dignity, etc.) least
commandments, ἐντολῶν Injunction, i.e., an authoritative prescription commandments
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
shall teach διδάξῃ To teach (in the same broad application) teach
men ἀνθρώπους Man-faced, i.e., a human being men
so, οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) so
he shall be called κληθήσεται To "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise) called
the ἀνθρώπους Man-faced, i.e., a human being the
least ἐλάχιστος Used as equivalent to G3398; least (in size, amount, dignity, etc.) least
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
kingdom βασιλείᾳ Properly, royalty, i.e., (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively) kingdom
of τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of
heaven: οὐρανῶν· The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
but δ' But, and, etc but
whosoever ὃς The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that whosoever
shall do ποιήσῃ To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
teach διδάξῃ To teach (in the same broad application) teach
them, (No Greek definition. English implied.)
the same οὗτος The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) same
shall be called κληθήσεται To "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise) called
great μέγας Big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application) great
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
kingdom βασιλείᾳ Properly, royalty, i.e., (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively) kingdom
of τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of
heaven. οὐρανῶν The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven

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  • 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.

  • 21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:




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