Matthew 27:11...Thou sayest.

Greek : 

Literal Verse: 

Your yourself say.

KJV : 

Mat 27:11...Thou sayest.

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

This is Christ's response to Pilate when he was asked if he was the King of the Jews. Interestingly, though this looks like the previous quote, Mat 26:64, it uses a different word for "say."

The "you" used here is an actual pronoun, uses as a subject. Since this information is part of the noun in Greek, the pronoun is only used to emphasize it as we would say "you yourself" in English. It is singular.

The word translated as "sayest" 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.

Related Verses: 

Greek Vocabulary: 

Σὺ (pron 2nd sg nom) "Thou" is from su which means "you" and "your." ​

λέγεις. (verb 2nd sg pres ind act) "Sayst" is from lego, which means "to recount", "to tell over", "to say", "to speak", "to teach", "to mean", "boast of", "tell of", "recite," nominate," and "command." It has a secondary meaning "pick out," "choose for oneself", "pick up", "gather", "count," and "recount." A less common word that is spelt the same means "to lay", "to lay asleep" and "to lull asleep."

The Spoken Version: 

"So you say," he said.

Front Page Date: 

Dec 9 2016