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For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

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Matthew 6:14 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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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 forgive ἀφῆτε To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
men ἀνθρώποις Man-faced, i.e., a human being men
their αὐτῶν 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 their
trespasses, παραπτώματα A side-slip (lapse or deviation), i.e., (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression trespasses
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
heavenly οὐράνιος· Celestial, i.e., belonging to or coming from the sky heavenly
Father πατὴρ A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
will ἀφήσει To send forth, in various applications (as follow) will
also καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also
forgive ἀφήσει To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
you: ὑμῖν To (with or by) you you

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  • 12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  • 13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

  • 14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

  • 15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • 16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


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