MATTHEW 5:46

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Matthew 5:46 Translation & Meaning

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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
if ἐὰν A conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty if
ye love ἀγαπήσητε To love (in a social or moral sense) love
them which love ἀγαπῶντας To love (in a social or moral sense) love
you, ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
what τίνα An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
reward μισθὸν Pay for service (literally or figuratively), good or bad reward
have ye? ἔχετε To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) have ye
do ποιοῦσιν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
not οὐχὶ Not indeed not
even καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words even
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
publicans τελῶναι A tax-farmer, i.e., collector of public revenue publicans
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
same? αὐτὸ 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 same

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  • 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?

  • 48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.




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