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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Matthew 9:1-13 In The King James and Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations Versions

Matthew 9:1-13

King James Version (KJV) in aqua Blue
Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations Version (AWPR) in Yellow
My Comments are in Green

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.   (KJV)    

1)     And boarding and entering into the boat - sailing vessel,
        He passed through entirely  over and 
        (publicly appearing) came into 
         His own  (walled) city - (walled) town.

        [Note: The early Greek text from which this above is translated,
                     when it speaks of His returning to His own city,
                     is in regard to where He was last registered with the 
                     Roman Census for tax purposes.  This appears  to be 
                     Capernaum. ]

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.   (KJV)    

2)     And behold, look and see:  
         they bore up and brought up alongside to Him
         a paralytic upon a reclining cot - a reclining couch
         cast out - thrown out  - [flattened out].

          And Jesus / Yeshua   seeing and beholding

          the believing and trusting faith of them,
          He said to the paralytic,
              'Be confident and of a cheerful mind, child.
               The wicked sins of you 
               have been dismissed, removed, and sent 
               away (from) you /  have been forgiven you.        

         [Note:  The above cot being described with its legs 
           cast away, is something I take to be at MOST as a piece 
           of furniture, is a very short or even no-leg version of the 
           Roman Reclining Couch or Triclinium.
            I take that the Jewish version described in this particular 
            historical account was distinct and likely being 
            a series of wooden planks with handles cut into and 
            perhaps lacquered over.   To this would be added 
            a thin but removable mattress on top, so the mat could
            be rolled.  What I find unique in this history, is the similarity 
            to modern times, in which this cot appears to be an early 
            version of what later became known as a "scoop stretcher."  
            In comparing this bedding with that in John's Gospel, 
            this particular bedding was more permanent, and 
            not meant to be entirely rolled up and carried away.
            The Greek in this verse suggest that specially cut blocks 
            of wood could have inhabited the (what I believe to likely
            have been lacquered) holes in the wood, that were 
            ( as I previously stated) also used for handles by those 
            converting the device into a stretcher.  He would then
             have to carry the ancient scoop stretcher in one hand,
             and his thin mattress converted into a bed roll 
             under his other arm to carry it away.   Considering the 
             of wars and earthquakes the Jews suffered, it would 
             have been intended as for someone in dire need of 
             saving, having been rescued by family, friends, or 
             neighbors truly wanting to see him saved.  That ambulatory 
             rescue minded intent was not lost on Jesus or those present
             who witnessed and did not prevent his dramatic 
             appearance before the LORD in such a fashion.  That is 
             how I  personally view the bed this historical account as
             having intended.   Likely this account is the same as that 
             described in Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
             where the man's friend cut through the roof of what was 
             de jure  the "house" of worship, the synagogue, 
             which latter word in itself was then taken to mean a group 
             of people more than any building in New Testament usage.  
             -- Brianroy]


And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.   (KJV)    

3)    And behold, look and see:
        some certain ones of the Scribes said   in - within
        themselves,      'This blasphemes!'                 

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?     (KJV)        

4)    And Jesus seeing and beholding 
        the inward violent passions and thoughts of the minds of them,
        He said,
            'In order to what (end or purpose)  - Wherefore - Why
             do you in violent inward passions and thoughts of the mind
             think malicious evil in the hearts of you?

For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?   (KJV)    

5)         Because - For what   
             is good and less wearisome - is good and less of a beating - 
             is easier?

             To say,
                   "The sins have been dismissed, removed, and sent away 
                     (from) you / have been forgiven you";
             or to say,
                   "Rise up (and stand)  and walk about?"             

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.    (KJV)         

6)          Then, in order that you may behold and see that
              the Son of Man  has - holds - possesses and continues to possess
              that authority - that power of right and might to do or not do
              upon the Earth,
              to dismiss, remove, send away - to forgive         sins...'

              Then, at that time, He lays down definite words and 
              says to the paralytic,
                    'Having risen upright (to stand up),    [cf. John 5:19-20]    
                     take, lift up, raise and carry away
                     your reclining cot - your recling couch,
                     and go discreetly into the house of you.'        

And he arose, and departed to his house.    (KJV)  

7)   And rising up (and standing),
       he departed and went away into the house of him.   

But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.    (KJV)        

8)     Then, having seen and beheld - 
         [Then having come to know by sight these things]      
         the crowds were struck with admiration and awe -
         the crowds marvelled,
         and rendered thoughtful recognition, honor, and praise -
         and glorified

         GOD,  He of His own good will and accord giving
         such authority - power of right and might to do or not do
         as this kind of sort          to men.

And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.     (KJV)

9)     And passing along and disappearing from there in that place,
         Jesus beheld and saw a man sitting down upon the 
         End Destination Toll Tax Booth

           Located at the end or completion of a Roman Highway, 
           located at the Roman Highway's entrance into the 
           end destination city.  Obviously requiring more than one,
           perhaps several or more to always be on hand in multiple 
           booths just as in modern times, and accompanied by soldiers.
            -- Brianroy]

         called Matthew,
         and lays down definite words and says to him, 
              'Follow along and accompany Me (in the way).'

         And rising up (and standing),
         he followed along and accompanied Him (in the way).         


10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.    (KJV)           

10)     And it came into being
           He was lying down and reclining in the house;
           and behold, look and see:        
           many End Destination Toll Tax Collectors  
           and wicked sinners 
           having come forth (and making a public appearance) 
           were lying down and reclining together
           [as for a meal]
           with Jesus and the disciples - pupils - learners   of Him.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?    (KJV)            

11)     And having seen and beheld (this),
          the Pharisees said to the Disciples of Him,
               'Through what (reason or purpose)  - Why
                in the midst of and with 
                End Destination Toll Tax Collectors and wicked sinners
                eats     the Teacher of you?'

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

12)    Then Jesus / Yeshua,   having intently listened and heard,
          He said to them,
               'Those being strong [and healthy]
                certainly do not 
                have - hold - possess and continue to possess
                deficiency and need - an indebtedness (as a need to have)
                of a healer - of a physician,
                but those 
                having - holding - possessing and continuing to possess 
                an illness.'

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.  (KJV)        

13)     Then, having passed through and gone,
           learn what it is.

           I desire - will - endeavor    mercy and kind compassion,
           and certainly not sacrifice:
           because I certainly did not come forth (so as to make a public 
           appearance)  to call - summon - invite  Righteous (ones), 
           but Sinners into repentance.'

Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation, translation mine, should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent, and to get the full context and understanding into the English from out of the ancient Greek in which this New Testament passage was first written.   Thanks.  -- Brianroy

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