Matthew 8:26 Why are you fearful,

KJV Verse: 

Mat 8:26 Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Greek Verse: 

Literal Alternative: 

Anyone frighten? Are you all lacking faith?

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

The Greek is much shorter than the English and pithier. The word order is different, perhaps giving the statement a

The term translated as "why" is tis, is an indefinite pronoun which means primarily "any one" or "any thing," and "something." In questions, it can mean "who" or "what?" There was no punctuation in the original Greek to tell us if this was a question or not.

The verb "are you" is simply the second person, present form of the verb "to be." It is plural.

The word translated as "fearful" means "cowardly" but has a lot of meanings, both critical and sympathetic, relating to being "lowborn" and "wretched."

"O thou of little faith" is a single word in Greek that means literally, "little faith", "small confidence," or "minimal trust " It could be used as an address (which is where the "o thee of" comes from) or it could be simply describing the subject of the sentence ("you")

 

Greek Vocabulary: 

Τί (irreg sg neut nom) "Why" is from tis which can mean "someone", "any one", "everyone", "they [indefinite]", "many a one", "whoever", "anyone", "anything", "some sort", "some sort of", "each", "any", "the individual", "such," and so on. In a question, it can mean "who", "why," or "what."

δειλοί (adj pl masc nom ) "Fearful" is from deilos, which means "cowardly" "vile," "worthless," "lowborn", "mean", "miserable," and "wretched."

ἐστε, (2nd pl pres ind act) "Are ye" is from eimi, which means "to be", "to exist", "to be the case," and "is posWhysible." (The future form is esomai. The 3rd person present indicative is "esti.")

ὀλιγόπιστοι (adj (pl masc/fem voc/nom) "Oh ye of little faith" is from oligopistos, which means literally, "small trust." It is a word built of two words. is from pistis "that which give confidence," and, as a character trait, "faithfulness." oligos, which means "little", "small", "slight", "few," and "weak." As an adverb it means "a little", "slightly," and "little."

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