John 19:26 ...Woman, behold thy son!

Greek : 

Literal Verse: 

Woman, see! [this is] that son of yours.

KJV : 

John 19:26 ...Woman, behold thy son!

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

As he is dying on the cross, Jesus still seems light-hearted.

The word translated as "woman" is  the Greek word that means "woman (as opposed to man)", "wife", "spouse", "mortal woman (as opposed to a goddess)," and "female mate (among animals)." It is closer to our "female." 

"Behold" is a verbal command meaning "See!" and "Look!" It is from the most common word meaning "to see" in Greek. In a humorous vein, it is also an adverbial exclamation like we use the phrase "tah-dah" in a magic show, or "voila" in French. "Look!" or "See!" comes closest in English. Jesus uses it both ways. "Son" is not this words object.

The word translated as "thy" is the possessive form of the second person pronoun.

The word translated as "son" more generally means "child" or "children". It can refer to all offspring in later generations, just like "father" refers to all previous generations. Jesus also used it metaphorically to describe those who follow a way of thought or set of beliefs that descend from an individual. More about it in this article. However, "son" is not the object of "behold." It is in the form of a subject, not an object. Without a verb, the sense is "this is that son."

Greek Vocabulary: 

Γύναι, (noun sg fem voc) "Woman" is gyne, which means "woman (as opposed to man)", "wife", "spouse", "mortal woman (as opposed to a goddess)," and "female mate (among animals)." --

ἴδε ( verb 2nd sg aor imperat act ) "Behold is idou, which means "to behold", "to see," and "to perceive." It acts as an adverbial phrase in this form meaning "Lo! Behold!" and "See there!' It is a form of the verb eido, which means "to see." --

υἱός (noun sg masc nom) "Son" is huios, which means a "son," and more generally, a "child." It is used generally to refer to any male descendant.

σου: (adj sg masc gen) "Thy" is sou which means "of you" and "your."  --

Front Page Date: 

Apr 29 2019