MATTHEW 5:45

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That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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Matthew 5:45 Translation & Meaning

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That ὅπως What(-ever) how, i.e., in the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual) That
ye may be γένησθε To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) ye may be
the children υἱοὶ A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship children
of your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you of your
Father πατρὸς A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
which is τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) which is
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
heaven: οὐρανοῖς The sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) heaven
for ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because for
he maketh to ἀνατέλλει To (cause to) arise maketh
his αὐτοῦ 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 his
sun ἥλιον The sun; by implication, light sun
rise ἀνατέλλει To (cause to) arise rise
on ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc on
the evil πονηροὺς Hurtful, i.e., evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e., diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e., derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners evil
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
on the good, ἀγαθοὺς "good" (in any sense, often as noun) good
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
sendeth rain βρέχει To moisten (especially by a shower) sendeth rain
on ἐπὶ Properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution (with the genitive case), i.e., over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc on
the just δικαίους Equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively) just
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
on the unjust. ἀδίκους Unjust; by extension wicked; by implication, treacherous; specially, heathen unjust

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  • 43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

  • 44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

  • 45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

  • 46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

  • 47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?




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