Matthew 5:18 ...until heaven and earth pass away,

Spoken to: 

audience

Context: 

Sermon on Mount, Filling up the Law

Greek : 

Literal Verse: 

Since truly I am telling you all until possibly it shall pass away the sky and the earth. An "i", one, or one tittles never shall pass away from the law it might entirely happens by itself.

KJV : 

Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

This is Jesus's first use of the "verily/truly I tell you" phrase that is his most common "catch phrase." Its vocabulary and meaning are discussed in detail in this article. This is also Jesus's first use of the opposites, "the heaven and the earth." For more about Christ's use of the terms,  see this article.

There are so many issues with the singulars and plurals in the Greek of this verse that it almost seems like Jesus was playing with words. These problems are hidden completely by KJV translation. First, there are two clauses with compound subjects ("heaven and earth", "jot and tittles"), but the verbs for them are singular, which is as unusual in Greek as it is in English.  The "tittles" is plural, even though it is preceded by a "one." Finally, while it seems like the "all" should be the subject of "fulfilled," the "all" is only in the form of a subject if the noun is plural.

The problem with "all" can be explained because "all" is not the subject of the sentence but an adverb meaning "entirely" or "wholly." The subject is the "passing" The verb translated as "fulfilled" does not mean "fulfilled" in any ways.  It means  "happen" or possibly "become."

There is also a problem with translating the verb as "pass" as "disappear." It doesn't means "disappear" in any real sense. Even our sense of "pass" as "end" is only one choice among many.

NIV : 

Matthew 5:18  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

NLT : 

Matthew 5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

Related Verses: 

Greek Vocabulary: 

ἀμὴν (exclam) "Truly" is from amen, which is from the Hebrew, meaning "truly", "of a truth," and "so be it." It has no history in Greek before the NT

γὰρ (adv) "For" comes from gar which is the introduction of a clause explaining a reason or explanation: "for", "since," and "as." In an abrupt question it means "why" and "what."

λέγω (1st sg pres ind act) "I tell" is from lego means "pick up", "choose for oneself", "pick out," and "count," "recount", "tell over", "say", "speak", "teach", "mean", "boast of", "tell of", "recite," "nominate," and "command."

ὑμῖν, (pron 2nd pl dat) "You" is from humas and humon, which is a plural form of su the pronoun of the second person, "you."

ἕως (conj) "Till" is from heos, which means "till", "until", "while," and "so long as."

ἂν (partic) Untranslated is an, which is a particle used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

παρέλθῃ (3rd sg aor subj) "Pass" is parerchomai, which means "go by", "pass by", "outstrip" (in speed), "pass (time)", "outwit", "past events" (in time), "disregard", "pass unnoticed," "escape notice", and "pass without heeding."

(article sg masc nom)  Untranslated is the Greek definite article, hos, ("the"). 

οὐρανὸς (noun sg masc nom) "Heaven" is from ouranos, which means "heaven as in the vault of the sky", "heaven as the seat of the gods", "the sky", "the universe," and "the climate."

καὶ (conj) "And" is from kai, which is the conjunction joining phrases and clauses, "and," or "but." After words implying sameness, "as" (the same opinion as you). Used in series, joins positive with negative "Not only...but also." Also used to give emphasis, "even", "also," and "just."

(article sg fem nom)  Untranslated is the Greek definite article, hos, ("the"). --

γῆ, (noun sg fem nom) "Earth" is from ge, which means "the element of earth", "land (country)", "arable land", "the ground," and "the world" as the opposite of the sky. Like our English word "earth," it means both dirt and the planet.

ἰῶτα (irreg) "Jot" is from iota, which means the Greek letter iota, "line", "stroke," and anything very small.

ἓν (noun sg neut nom) "One" is from heis, which means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same." As in English, it can be used as a pronoun, meaning a single person.

(conj) "Or" is from e which is a particle meaning "either", "or," or "than."

μία (adj sg fem nom) "One" is from heis, which means "one", "single," and "one and the same." This adjective is irregular, having a number of forms depending on sex, number, and case. The feminine singular form is mia.

κερέα (noun pl neut nom/acc) [κεραίᾶ (noun sg fem nom)] "Tittle" is from keraia, which means "the horn of an animal", "the antenna of crustaceans", "a bow", "an instrument for blowing", "a drinking horn", "horn points [for writing instruments]", "objects shaped like horns", "the wing [of an army]", "branch of a river", "corps of men", "sailyard", "mountain peak," and "anything made of horn." The small apostrophe like mark to distinguish numbers from letters in Greek is horn-shaped and therefore called a keraia.

οὐ μὴ (partic) "In no wise" is from ou me, the two forms of Greek negative used together. Ou is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both single words and sentences. Mê (me) 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.

παρέλθῃ (3rd sg aor subj act) "Pass" is from parerchomai, which means "go by", "pass by", "outstrip" (in speed), "pass (time)", "outwit", "past events" (in time), "disregard", "pass unnoticed," "escape notice", and "pass without heeding."

ἀπὸ (prep) "From" is from apo, a preposition of separation which means "from" or "away from" from when referring to place or motion, "from" or "after" when referring to time, "from" as an origin or cause.

τοῦ  (article sg masc ge) "The" is the Greek definite article, hos, ("the"). 

νόμου (noun sg masc gen) "The law" is from nomos, which means "anything assigned", "a usage", "custom", "law", "ordinance," or "that which is a habitual practice." It is the basis of the English words "norm" and "normal."

ἕως (conj) "Till" is from heos, which means "till", "until", "while," and "so long as."

[ἂν] (partic) Untranslated is an, which is a particle used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could." (This appears only in some sources.)

πάντα (adv or adj pl neut nom/acc or adj sg masc acc) "All" is from pas, which means "all", "the whole", "every", "anyone", "all kinds," and "anything." As an adverb, it means "in every way", "on every side," and "altogether."

γένηται. (3rd sg aor subj mid) "Be fulfilled" is from ginomai, which means "to become", "to come into being", "to happen", "to be produced," and "to be." It means changing into a new state of being.

KJV Analysis: 

For --The word translated as "for" introduces a reason or explanation so "because" and, in questions, "why." However, since this word always appears in the second position, it is more like an aside remark like, "consequently" or "as a cause". 

Verily -- The word translated as "verily" is from the Hebrew word that means "truly" or "certainly," but it sounds like the Greek word with the same meaning. In Greek, the word also means "to reap." See this article discussing this "amen phrase."

I -- This is from the first-person, singular form of the following verb.

say -- The word translated as "say" is the most common word that means "to say," and "to speak," but it also means "to teach," which seems to be the way Christ uses it more frequently. It also has many ancillary meanings such as "to count" ("to number" or like we might say, "to recount" a story) or "to choose for yourself." Christ usually uses this word to refer to his own speaking or teaching.

unto -- This word "unto" comes from the dative case of the following word that requires the addition of a preposition in English, but the translator must decide which preposition to use: a "to" as an indirect object.

you,  -- The Greek pronoun "you" here is plural and in the form of an indirect object, "to you", "for you", etc.

Till -- The word translated as "till" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

heaven -- The word translated as "heaven" means sky, the climate, and the universe. It also meant the home of the gods in a physical sense: the sun, moon, and planets were named for the gods. More about the word in this article. It is singular here. The phrase here includes the article "the" which is left out of the KJV, so "the sky". When Christ talks about, for example, "the Father in heaven" it is always plural, literally "the skies". So this is more limited, possibly referring to the planet's sky rather than all of the universe.

and -- The Greek word translated as "and" is used as the conjunction "and", but it also is used to add emphasis ("also"). In a series, it is best translated as "not only...but also." After words implying sameness "as".

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

earth -- The word translated as "earth" means the physical planet, "land" and "dirt". It also uses an article that is left out of the KJV, "the ground." See this article for more on these words.

pass, -- The "pass" verb means literally "start beyond" and can mean "go by." "pass by," "go by," or "pass over." The sense here could be "pass by", "surpass", but the sense of "pass away" as in "end" is not at all clear. The word means to pass the time and can refer to times past, but it also means to "outwit" and "elude" and "be superior". It also means to "pass by" a place or to "arrive" at a place. In the Latin Vulgate, this verb was translated as "transit" which means "to cross". Thsi verb is not in the future tense, but a form indicating something that might happen at some point in time. The verb is singular though there are two words following it, both in the form of a subject. One explanation for this is that the two together are considered a single unit.

one -- The Greek word translated as "one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

jot -- "Jot" is from the Greek word for the letter iota, which is our letter "i". The word for "one" follows this word.

or -- "Or" is translated from a Greek word that means primarily "or" but serves as "than" in a comparison. The same word could also be the exclamation "hi" or the adverb meaning "in truth."

one -- The Greek word translated as "one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

tittle -- (WN) "Tittle" is from the Greek form of the apostrophe. The word "one" precedes this word, but the noun is plural. This is odd. In addition to this, the "one" is feminine while this noun is neutral. 

shall -- (CW) This helping verb "shall" does not indicate the future tense, but that the verb describes a possibility, the subjunctive voice. A "might" or "should" in English is more appropriate, but is assumed in an "if" or "when" clause. Helping verbs are not needed in Greek since the main verb carries this information in its form.

in no wise -- The phrase "in no wise" comes from the use of the two forms of negative in Greek, ou and me. The first is the objective negative, the negative of fact, while the second is the subjective negative, the negative of opinion. Jesus uses them together for a sense of impossibility. "Never" is the simplest form to translate this.

pass -- The second "pass" is also single, again, despite this time being preceded by the multiple noun as a compound subject.  However, it is also more difficult to think of the "iota, one, and one apostrophe" as a unit, especially since the "one" and the "apostrophe" do not agree in form.

from -- The word translated as "from" means "from" in both location and when referring to a source.

the -- The word translated as "the" is the Greek definite article. The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those") that the English "the." See this article for more. 

law, -- The Greek word translated as "law" describes the social norms, which can be from "tradition", "common practice," or the "laws." Jesus also uses it to refer to the first five books of the OT written by Moses. Because the references are to writing, we can assume Christ is referring to the written law.

till -- The word translated as "till" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle (appearing in only some sources_ used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

all -- The word translated as "all" is the Greek adjective meaning "all", "the whole", "every," and similar ideas. While technically, this is an adjective, it is often used as a pronoun or a noun. Again, we have a problem with the form matches that of "the law" but as an object here, that is, what the law becomes "it become all". However, it could also be the subject of the sentence as the neutral "everything", "everything comes into being".

be -- (WF) This helping verb "be" indicates that the verb is passive and in the present tense but the verb is not passive and not in the present tense.

fulfilled. -- (WW) The word translated as "fulfilled" means "to become," that is, to enter into a new state. When applied to events, this word mean "to happen."   This is not the Greek word translated in the previous verse, Matthew 5:17, as "fulfill", which is the word that the NT typically uses as "fulfilled". This verb is in the subjunctive voice indicating a probability. It is also in a form referring to a subject acting on itself. However, this is also in the aorist tense, indicating something that happens at a point in time. It is singular.

KJV Translation Issues: 

8
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "heaven" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "earth" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WN  - Wrong Number- The word "title" is translated as singular but it is plural, "tittles."
  • CW - Confusing Word -- The "shall" does not mean the future tense.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WF - Wrong Form -  The "fulfilled" is not passive or the present tense.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "fulfilled" should be "become" or "happen."

NIV Analysis: 

For --The word translated as "for" introduces a reason or explanation so "because" and, in questions, "why." However, since this word always appears in the second position, it is more like an aside remark like, "consequently" or "as a cause". 

truly -- The word translated as "truly" is from the Hebrew word that means "truly" or "certainly," but it sounds like the Greek word with the same meaning. In Greek, the word also means "to reap." See this article discussing this "amen phrase."

I -- This is from the first-person, singular form of the following verb.

tell -- The word translated as "say" is the most common word that means "to say," and "to speak," but it also means "to teach," which seems to be the way Christ uses it more frequently. It also has many ancillary meanings such as "to count" ("to number" or like we might say, "to recount" a story) or "to choose for yourself." Christ usually uses this word to refer to his own speaking or teaching.

you,  -- The Greek pronoun "you" here is plural and in the form of an indirect object, "to you", "for you", etc.

until -- The word translated as "until" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

heaven -- The word translated as "heaven" means sky, the climate, and the universe. It also meant the home of the gods in a physical sense: the sun, moon, and planets were named for the gods. More about the word in this article. It is singular here. The phrase here includes the article "the" which is left out of the KJV, so "the sky". When Christ talks about, for example, "the Father in heaven" it is always plural, literally "the skies". So this is more limited, possibly referring to the planet's sky rather than all of the universe.

and -- The Greek word translated as "and" is used as the conjunction "and", but it also is used to add emphasis ("also"). In a series, it is best translated as "not only...but also." After words implying sameness "as".

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

earth -- The word translated as "earth" means the physical planet, "land" and "dirt". It also uses an article that is left out of the KJV, "the ground." See this article for more on these words.

disappear, -- (WW) The "disappear" verb means literally "start beyond" and can mean "go by." "pass by," "go by," or "pass over." The sense here could be "pass by", "surpass", but the sense of "pass away" as in "end" is not at all clear. The word means to pass the time and can refer to times past, but it also means to "outwit" and "elude" and "be superior". It also means to "pass by" a place or to "arrive" at a place. In the Latin Vulgate, this verb was translated as "transit" which means "to cross". Thsi verb is not in the future tense, but a form indicating something that might happen at some point in time. The verb is singular though there are two words following it, both in the form of a subject. One explanation for this is that the two together are considered a single unit.

not -- (CW) The "not" comes from the use of the two forms of negative in Greek, ou and me. The first is the objective negative, the negative of fact, while the second is the subjective negative, the negative of opinion. Jesus uses them together for a sense of impossibility. "Never" is the simplest form to translate this.

untranslated "one"-- (MW) The untranslated word "one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

the smallest letter,-- "The smallest letter " is from the Greek word for the letter iota, which is our letter "i". The word for "one" follows this word.

not -- (WW) "Not" is translated from a Greek word that means primarily "or" but serves as "than" in a comparison. The same word could also be the exclamation "hi" or the adverb meaning "in truth."

untranslated "one"-- (MW) The untranslated word"one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

the least stroke of a pen -- (WN) "The least stroke of a pen" is from the Greek form of the apostrophe. The word "one" precedes this word, but the noun is plural. This is odd. In addition to this, the "one" is feminine while this noun is neutral. 

will -- (CW) This helping verb "will" does not indicate the future tense, but that the verb describes a possibility, the subjunctive voice. A "might" or "should" in English is more appropriate, but is assumed in an "if" or "when" clause. Helping verbs are not needed in Greek since the main verb carries this information in its form.

by any means -- (IP) There is nothing that can be translated as "by any means" in the Greek source.

disappear -- The second "disappear " is also single, again, despite this time being preceded by the multiple noun as a compound subject.  However, it is also more difficult to think of the "iota, one, and one apostrophe" as a unit, especially since the "one" and the "apostrophe" do not agree in form.

from -- The word translated as "from" means "from" in both location and when referring to a source.

the -- The word translated as "the" is the Greek definite article. The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those") that the English "the." See this article for more. 

Law, -- The Greek word translated as "law" describes the social norms, which can be from "tradition", "common practice," or the "laws." Jesus also uses it to refer to the first five books of the OT written by Moses. Because the references are to writing, we can assume Christ is referring to the written law.

until -- The word translated as "till" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle (appearing in only some sources_ used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

everything -- The word translated as "all" is the Greek adjective meaning "all", "the whole", "every," and similar ideas. While technically, this is an adjective, it is often used as a pronoun or a noun. Again, we have a problem with the form matches that of "the law" but as an object here, that is, what the law becomes "it become all". However, it could also be the subject of the sentence as the neutral "everything", "everything comes into being".

is -- (WF) This helping verb "be" indicates that the verb is passive and in the present tense but the verb is not passive and not in the present tense.

accomplished. -- (WW) The word translated as "accomplished" means "to become," that is, to enter into a new state. When applied to events, this word means "to happen." This verb is in the subjunctive voice indicating a probability. It is also in a form referring to a subject acting on itself. However, this is also in the aorist tense, indicating something that happens at a point in time. It is singular.

NIV Translation Issues: 

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  •  
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "heaven" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "earth" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "disappear" should be "pass by" or "go by."
  • CW - Confusing Word -- The "not" is not a simple negative but a double negative, "never."
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "not" should be "or."
  • WN  - Wrong Number- The word "the least stroke of a pen" is translated as singular but it is plural, "strokes."
  • CW - Confusing Word -- The "will" does not mean the future tense.
  • IP - Inserted Phrase-- The phrase "by any means " doesn't exist in the source.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WF - Wrong Form -  The "accomplished" is not passive or the present tense.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "accomplished" should be "become" or "happen."

NLT Analysis: 

untranslated "for"-- (MW) The untranslated word "for" introduces a reason or explanation so "because" and, in questions, "why." However, since this word always appears in the second position, it is more like an aside remark like, "consequently" or "as a cause". 

I -- This is from the first-person, singular form of the following verb.

tell -- The word translated as "say" is the most common word that means "to say," and "to speak," but it also means "to teach," which seems to be the way Christ uses it more frequently. It also has many ancillary meanings such as "to count" ("to number" or like we might say, "to recount" a story) or "to choose for yourself." Christ usually uses this word to refer to his own speaking or teaching.

you,  -- The Greek pronoun "you" here is plural and in the form of an indirect object, "to you", "for you", etc.

the truth -- (WF) The word translated as "the truth" is from the Hebrew word that means "truly" or "certainly," but it sounds like the Greek word with the same meaning. In Greek, the word also means "to reap." See this article discussing this "amen phrase." It is not a noun, but an adverb.

until -- The word translated as "until" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

heaven -- The word translated as "heaven" means sky, the climate, and the universe. It also meant the home of the gods in a physical sense: the sun, moon, and planets were named for the gods. More about the word in this article. It is singular here. The phrase here includes the article "the" which is left out of the KJV, so "the sky". When Christ talks about, for example, "the Father in heaven" it is always plural, literally "the skies". So this is more limited, possibly referring to the planet's sky rather than all of the universe.

and -- The Greek word translated as "and" is used as the conjunction "and", but it also is used to add emphasis ("also"). In a series, it is best translated as "not only...but also." After words implying sameness "as".

untranslated "the"  -- (MW) The untranslated word is the Greek definite article, "the." The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those"). See this article for more. 

earth -- The word translated as "earth" means the physical planet, "land" and "dirt". It also uses an article that is left out of the KJV, "the ground." See this article for more on these words.

disappear, -- (WW) The "disappear" verb means literally "start beyond" and can mean "go by." "pass by," "go by," or "pass over." The sense here could be "pass by", "surpass", but the sense of "pass away" as in "end" is not at all clear. The word means to pass the time and can refer to times past, but it also means to "outwit" and "elude" and "be superior". It also means to "pass by" a place or to "arrive" at a place. In the Latin Vulgate, this verb was translated as "transit" which means "to cross". Thsi verb is not in the future tense, but a form indicating something that might happen at some point in time. The verb is singular though there are two words following it, both in the form of a subject. One explanation for this is that the two together are considered a single unit.

not -- (CW) The "not" comes from the use of the two forms of negative in Greek, ou and me. The first is the objective negative, the negative of fact, while the second is the subjective negative, the negative of opinion. Jesus uses them together for a sense of impossibility. "Never" is the simplest form to translate this.

even - (IW) There is nothing that can be translated as "even" in the Greek source.

untranslated "one"-- (MW) The untranslated word "one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

the smallest detail ,-- "The smallest detail " is from the Greek word for the letter iota, which is our letter "i". The word for "one" follows this word.

untranslated "or"-- (MW) The untranslated word "or" is translated from a Greek word that means primarily "or" but serves as "than" in a comparison. The same word could also be the exclamation "hi" or the adverb meaning "in truth."

untranslated "one"-- (MW) The untranslated word "one" means "one" (as opposed to other numbers), "single," and "one and the same."

untranslated "apostrophe"-- (MW) The untranslated word  is from the Greek form of the apostrophe. The word "one" precedes this word, but the noun is plural. This is odd. In addition to this, the "one" is feminine while this noun is neutral. 

of -- (WW) The untranslated word "of" means "from" in both location and when referring to a source.

untranslated "the"-- (MW) The untranslated word  "the" is the Greek definite article. The Greek article is much closer to our demonstrative pronouns ("this", "that", "these", "those") that the English "the." See this article for more. 

God’s -- (IW) There is nothing that can be translated as "God's" in the Greek source.

Law, -- The Greek word translated as "law" describes the social norms, which can be from "tradition", "common practice," or the "laws." Jesus also uses it to refer to the first five books of the OT written by Moses. Because the references are to writing, we can assume Christ is referring to the written law.

will -- (CW) This helping verb "will" does not indicate the future tense, but that the verb describes a possibility, the subjunctive voice. A "might" or "should" in English is more appropriate, but is assumed in an "if" or "when" clause. Helping verbs are not needed in Greek since the main verb carries this information in its form.

disappear -- The second "disappear " is also single, again, despite this time being preceded by the multiple noun as a compound subject.  However, it is also more difficult to think of the "iota, one, and one apostrophe" as a unit, especially since the "one" and the "apostrophe" do not agree in form.

until -- The word translated as "till" means "until" or "while".

untranslated "might"  -- (MW) Untranslated is a particle (appearing in only some sources_ used with verbs to indicate that the action is limited by circumstances or defined by conditions. There is no exact equivalent in English, but it is translated as "possibly," "would have", "might", "should," and "could."

its purpose - (IP) There is nothing that can be translated as "its purpose " in the Greek source.

untranslated "all"-- (MW) The untranslated word "all" is the Greek adjective meaning "all", "the whole", "every," and similar ideas. While technically, this is an adjective, it is often used as a pronoun or a noun. Again, we have a problem with the form matches that of "the law" but as an object here, that is, what the law becomes "it become all". However, it could also be the subject of the sentence as the neutral "everything", "everything comes into being".

is -- (WF) This helping verb "be" indicates that the verb is passive and in the present tense but the verb is not passive and not in the present tense.

achieved. -- (WW) The word translated as "achieved" means "to become," that is, to enter into a new state. When applied to events, this word means "to happen." This verb is in the subjunctive voice indicating a probability. It is also in a form referring to a subject acting on itself. However, this is also in the aorist tense, indicating something that happens at a point in time. It is singular.

NLT Translation Issues: 

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  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "for" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WF - Wrong Form -  The "the truth" is not a noun but an adverb "truly."
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "heaven" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "earth" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "disappear" should be "pass by" or "go by."
  • CW - Confusing Word -- The "not" is not a simple negative but a extreme negative, "never."
  • IW - Inserted Word -- The word "even" doesn't exist in the source.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "or" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "one" is not shown in the English translation.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "apostrophe" is not shown in the English translation.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "of" should be "from."
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "the" before "law" is not shown in the English translation.
  • IW - Inserted Word -- The word "God's" doesn't exist in the source.
  • CW - Confusing Word -- The "will" does not mean the future tense.
  • MW - Missing Word -- The word "might" is not shown in the English translation.
  • IP - Inserted Phrase-- The phrase "its purpose" doesn't exist in the source.
  • WF - Wrong Form -  The "achieved" is not passive or the present tense.
  • WW - Wrong Word -- The word translated as "achieved" should be "become" or "happen."

The Spoken Version: 

“this is why I tell you true,” he said, using an expression that would become one of his catchphrases, “while possibly it just might pass away.”
He paused as if thinking and someone called out, “The law?” This echoed what everyone was thinking.
He smiled and shook his head, “no”, and pointed up, and said, “The sky.” Then he pointed down and added, “Also the ground.”
Many laughed, some perhaps at the idea of the whole universe being destroyed.
“An “i”, one, or apostrophe, one?” he asked mysteriously, writing them in the air with his hands, “Never it is going to pass out of the law, while...”
He paused. The crowd waited, not knowing what to expect.
“Until everything might,” he said emphasizing the possibility’, “bring itself into existence.”

evidence: 

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Front Page Date: 

Apr 24 2020