Luke 7:43 Thou hast rightly judged.

KJV Verse: 

Luke 7:43 Thou hast rightly judged.

Greek Verse: 

Literal Alternative: 

Straight, you have distinguished. 

Hidden Meaning: 

this is Christ's response when the Pharisee Simon that the debtor that had been forgiven more would love the ex-creditor more. 

The term used here for "thou hast judged" is a much more complicated idea. Unlike most words, which Christ uses specifically, he uses this word in a variety of senses simply because no English word corresponds to it precisely. He can mean "judge", "criticize", "decide", "discriminate," and "separate," depending on the context. We try to keep as closely as possible to the primary meaning of "separate" except when it doesn't fit.

The word translated as "right" means primarily "straight" but it used to mean "true" and "correct". Here is it is an adverb, so "correctly". 


Ὀρθῶς [uncommon](adv) "Correctly" is from orthos, which means "straight", "right", "true", "correct", in height, "upright", "standing", in line, "straight", metaphorically, "right", "safe", and "prosperous." 

ἔκρινας. (verb 2nd sg aor ind act) "Thou hast judged" is krino, which primarily means "to separate", "to put asunder," and "to distinguish." It has a lot of other secondary meanings, including "to pick out", "to choose", "to decide" disputes or accounts, "to win" a battle, "to judge" especially in the sense of "estimate", "to expound," or "to interpret" in a particular way.

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Nov 11 2017