Mat 13:9 Who has ears to hear,

KJV Verse: 

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Greek Verse: 

Literal Alternative: 

The one possessing understanding, listen!

Hidden Meaning: 

Christ is telling his audience that there is more here than meets the ear. He is saying that you must pay attention to understand.

The word translated as "who" is from the Greek article, "the," which usually proceeds a noun and, without a noun, takes the meaning of "the one" especially when it precedes the verb form that follows.

The word translated as "hath" is a verb meaning "to possess", "to hold," or "to keep" but it is in the form of adjective.

"Ear" is from the Greek word for "ears" or any similar "handles" on the sides of something. The term is also a metaphor for understanding.

There is no Greek verb that translates as "to hear" only the verb below. There is also no pronoun "him." Both were added by the translators.

"Let...hear" is from a verb that means "to hear", "to listen," and "to understand." It is in the form of a command, that in English, is usually in the second person.

Wordplay: 

The word for "ear" is a metaphor for understanding.

The word for "hear" also means "to understand" and "to give ear to." 

The Spoken Version: 

"Do you have ears?" he said laughing with them and cupping his ears. "Then listen."

Vocabulary: 

(article sg masc nom ) "Who" is the Greek article, "the," which usually proceeds a noun and, without a noun, takes the meaning of "the one."

ἔχων (part sg pres act masc nom) "Hath" is from echo, which means "to have", "to hold", "to possess", "to keep", "to have charge of", "to maintain", "to hold fast", "to bear", "to keep close", "to keep safe," and "to have means to do."

ὦτα "Ears" is from ous, which means "ear" and things that resemble an ear, such as a handle on pitchers, cups, etc.

ἀκουέτω. (3rd sg pres imperat act) "To hear...let him hear" is from akouo, which means "hear of", "hear tell of", "what one actually hears", "know by hearsay", "listen to", "give ear to", "hear and understand," and "understand."

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