MATTHEW 6:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

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Matthew 6:17 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
thou, σὺ Thou thou
when thou fastest, νηστεύων To abstain from food (religiously) fastest
anoint ἄλειψαί To oil (with perfume) anoint
thine σου Of thee, thy thine
head, κεφαλὴν The head (as the part most readily taken hold of), literally or figuratively head
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
wash νίψαι To cleanse (especially the hands or the feet or the face); ceremonially, to perform ablution wash
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
face; πρόσωπόν The front (as being towards view), i.e., the countenance, aspect, appearance, surface; by implication, presence, person face

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  • 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.

  • 17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

  • 18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

  • 19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:




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