MATTHEW 9:14

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”

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Matthew 9:14 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Then Τότε The when, i.e., at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution) Then
came προσέρχονται To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to came
to προσέρχονται To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to to
him αὐτῷ 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
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
disciples μαθηταὶ A learner, i.e., pupil disciples
of John, Ἰωάννου Joannes (i.e., Jochanan), the name of four Israelites John
saying, λέγοντες Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saying
Why Διατί Through what cause ?, i.e., why? Why
do νηστεύομεν To abstain from food (religiously) do
we ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) we
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
Pharisees Φαρισαῖοι A separatist, i.e., exclusively religious; a Pharisean, i.e., Jewish sectary Pharisees
fast νηστεύομεν To abstain from food (religiously) fast
oft, πολλά (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverbial, largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely oft
but δὲ But, and, etc but
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
disciples μαθηταί A learner, i.e., pupil disciples
fast νηστεύουσιν To abstain from food (religiously) fast
not? οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not

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  • 12  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

  • 13  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

  • 14  Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

  • 15  And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

  • 16  No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.




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