Matthew 14:29 Come.

Spoken to: 

an individual

Context: 

Walking on water, summoning Peter

KJV : 

Literal Verse: 

Start!

What is Lost in Translation: 

This single word that is translated as "come" deserves an entire article. You can read it here. This word is addressed to Peter as he say he wants to walk on water, and, of course to us all when we want to do something that seems impossible. However, what is hidden is that it is not simply an invitation but something else entirely.The word translated as "come" primarily means "to start." It is in the form of a command, there "start!" It indicates movement, especially its beginning, without indicating a direction toward or away from anything, so it works either as "come" or "go," but here it is clearly an order to start.

My Takeaway: 

Starting a challenge is the hardest part.

Greek : 

Greek Vocabulary: 

Ἐλθέ. (2nd sg aor imperat act) "Come" is from erchomai, which means "to start," "to set out," "to come," "to go," and any kind of motion. It means both "to go" on a journey and "to arrive" at a place.

KJV Analysis: 

Come -- The word translated as "come" primarily means "to start out" but Christ usually uses it to mean "come" but not always. It indicates movement, especially its beginning, without indicating a direction toward or away from anything, so it works either as "come" or "go," but it is more like our phrase "being underway." Our English word "show up" captures both the "start" and "come" ideas. See this article for more.

KJV Translation Issues: 

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NIV : 

NIV Analysis: 

Come -- The word translated as "come" primarily means "to start out" but Christ usually uses it to mean "come" but not always. It indicates movement, especially its beginning, without indicating a direction toward or away from anything, so it works either as "come" or "go," but it is more like our phrase "being underway." Our English word "show up" captures both the "start" and "come" ideas. See this article for more.

NIV Translation Issues: 

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Unimportant Opinions and Imaginings: 

Seeing his student hesistate, the Master commanded, "Start!"

Front Page Date: 

Jan 12 2021