MATTHEW 5:48

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Matthew 5:48 Translation & Meaning

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Be ἔσεσθε Will be Be
ye ὑμεῖς You (as subjective of verb) ye
therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly therefore
perfect, τέλειοι Complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness perfect
even as ὥσπερ Just as, i.e., exactly like even
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
Father πατὴρ A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
which is 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
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
perfect. τέλειός Complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness perfect

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  • 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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