MATTHEW 7:12

Do unto others

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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In this verse, Jesus describes what is now known as the Golden Rule, or law of reciprocity, which is the principle of treating others as you would wish to be treated. This is the most popular instance in the Bible that covers the Golden Rule. Other instances in the Bible include: Leviticus 19:18 when God commands us to “love thy neighbor as thyself, Luke 6:31 “as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise, Luke 10:27 “love... thy neighbor as thyself, Romans 13:9 “love thy neighbor as thyself, and Galatians 5:14 “love thy neighbor as thyself.

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Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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Matthew 7:12 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly Therefore
all things Πάντα All, any, every, the whole all things
whatsoever ὅσα As (much, great, long, etc.) as whatsoever
ye would θέλητε To determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e., be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in would
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
men οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) men
should do ποιῶσιν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) should do
to you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you to you
do ποιεῖτε To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
ye ὑμεῖς You (as subjective of verb) ye
even οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) even
so καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words so
to 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 to them
for γάρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
this οὗτος The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) this
is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
the law The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) law
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
prophets. προφῆται A foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet prophets

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  • 10  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

  • 11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

  • 12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

  • 13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

  • 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.




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