MATTHEW 6:8

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

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Matthew 6:8 Translation & Meaning

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Be ὁμοιωθῆτε To assimilate, i.e., compare; passively, to become similar Be
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
ye therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly therefore
like ὁμοιωθῆτε To assimilate, i.e., compare; passively, to become similar like
unto them: αὐτοῖς· 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 unto them
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
Father πατὴρ A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) Father
knoweth οἶδεν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know knoweth
what things ὧν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that things
ye have ἔχετε To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) ye have
need of, χρείαν Employment, i.e., an affair; also (by implication) occasion, demand, requirement or destitution need
before πρὸ "fore", i.e., in front of, prior (figuratively, superior) to before
ye ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) ye
ask αἰτῆσαι To ask (in genitive case) ask
him. αὐτόν 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 him

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  • 6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

  • 7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

  • 8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

  • 9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

  • 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.




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