Acts 1:7 It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.Greek Verse: Literal Alternative:
Not yours is it to know times or seasons that the Father put by himself within this, his own authority.Hidden Meaning:
The original Greek emphasizes that fact that the Father has put this information under his own authority alone. The verb "put" is a middle voice, which means he put it for himself or by himself., This idea is reemphasized by the use of the "his own" adjective to describe his "authority" or "power." This is further emphasized by the use of an article, "this his own authority," which is untranslated in all English translations because it seem so exaggerated.
Οὐχ (partic) "Not" is ou which is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both single words and sentences. The other negative adverb, μή applies to will and thought; οὐ denies, μή rejects; οὐ is absolute, μή relative; οὐ objective, μή subjective.
ἐστὶν (verb 3rd sg pres ind act) "It is" is eimi, which means "to be", "to exist", "to be the case," of circumstance and events "to happen", and "is possible." (The future form is esomai. The 3rd person present indicative is "esti.")
ἢ (conj/adv) "Or" is e which is a particle meaning "either", "or," or "than." OR (exclam) "Or" is e which is an exclamation meaning "hi!" OR (adv) "Or" is e, which is an adverb meaning "in truth" and "of a surety".
ἔθετο ( verb 3rd sg imperf ind mp ) "Hath put" is tithemi which means "to put", "to place", "to propose", "to suggest", "o deposit", "to set up", "to dedicate", "to assign", "to award", "to agree upon", "to institute", "to establish", "to make", "to work", "to prepare oneself," "to bear arms [military]," "to lay down and surrender [military]," "to lay in the grave", "to bury," and "to put words on paper [writing]," and a metaphor for "to put in one's mind."
ἰδίᾳ ( adj sg fem dat ) "His own" is idios, which means "one's own", "pertaining to oneself", "private", "personal", "personally attached" to one, "separate", "distinct", "strange," and "unusual."
ἐξουσίᾳ, (noun sg fem dat) "Power" is exousia which means "control", "the power of choice", "permission", "the power of authority", "the right of privilege", "abundance of means," and "abuse of power."
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