Matthew 22:29 You err, not knowing the scriptures,

KJV Verse: 

Mat 22:29 Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Greek Verse: 

Literal Alternative: 

You lead yourselves astray, not wanting to examine the writings nor the capability of God.

Hidden Meaning: 

The verse was the precurson of Shakespeare's, "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Christ's challengers here assume that the afterlife is like this life.

"Err" is from a verb that means "to cause to wander", "to lead astary", "to mislead", "to wander", "to stray," and "to be misled." It is in a form where the subject acts on themselves, so "you lead yourself astray."

The negative used here is the Greek negative of a subjective opinion. The sense is that "you don't want" to do something or "don't think" something.

The word translated as "know" means primarily "to see" and is used to mean "know' as we use the word "see" to mean "know" in English. It is in the forming of an adjective, "knowing."

"Scripture" is from a very general noun that "representing by means of lines", "a drawing," "writing," and "that which is written." It is in the plural, so something like "the writings." It came to mean "scripture" from its use in the Gospels.

"Power" is from a word that describes abilities and capacities, what actions a person can do or has done so "power", "might", "influence", "authority," and "force." It does not carry the sense of authority over others, either people or laws.


Πλανᾶσθε (verb 2nd pl pres ind mp) "Err" is from planao which means "to cause to wander", "to lead astary", "to mislead", "to wander", "to stray," and "to be misled."

μὴ "Not" is from me , which is the negative used in prohibitions and expressions of doubt meaning "not" and "no." As οὐ (ou) negates fact and statement; μή rejects, οὐ denies; μή is relative, οὐ absolute; μή subjective, οὐ objective. --

εἰδότες (part pl perf act masc nom) "Knowing" is from eido, which means "to see", "to examine", "to perceive", "to behold", "to know how to do", "to see with the mind's eye," and "to know."

τὰς γραφὰς (noun pl fem acc) "The scripture" is from graphe, which means "representing by means of lines", "a drawing", "writing", "the art of writing," and "that which is written."

μηδὲ "Nor" is from mede, which means "and not", "but not", "nor," and "not." -- The word for "nor" is the Greek subjective negative plus the Greek word for "but."

τὴν δύναμιν (noun sg fem acc) "Power" is from dynamis (dunamis), which means "power", "might", "influence", "authority", "capacity", "elementary force", "force of a word," and "value of money." Elemental forces are forces such as heat and cold. Much more about the meaning of this word in this article about "power" and "authority."

τοῦ θεοῦ: (noun sg masc gen) "God" is from theos, which means "God," the Deity."