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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

ye, You, Yourselves, Your Own Selves

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* Notes: (1) These are most frequently the translations of various inflections of a verb; sometimes of the article before a nominative used as a vocative, e.g., Revelation 18:20 , "ye saints, and ye apostles, and ye prophets" (lit., "the saints, etc"). When the 2nd person plural pronouns are used separately from a verb, they are usually one or other of the forms of humeis, the plural of su, "thou," and are frequently emphatic, especially when they are subjects of the verb, an emphasis always to be noticed, e.g., Matthew 5:13,14,48 ; 6:9,19,20 ; Mark 6:31,37 ; John 15:27 (1st part); Romans 1:6 ; 1 Corinthians 3:17,23 ; Galatians 3:28,29 (1st part); Ephesians 1:13 (1st part); 2:8; 2:11,13; Philippians 2:18 ; Colossians 3:4,7 (1st part); 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6 ; 2:10,19,20 ; 3:8 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:13 ; James 5:8 ; 1 Peter 2:9 (1st part); 1 John 2:20,24 (1st and 3rd occurrences),27 (1st part); 4:4; Jude 1:17,20 . (2) The addition of autoi, "yourselves," to the pronoun marks especial emphasis, e.g., Mark 6:31 ; John 3:28 ; 1 Corinthians 11:13 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:9 . Sometimes autoi is used without the pronoun, e.g., Luke 11:46,52 ; Acts 2:22 ; 20:34 ; 1 Thessalonians 2:1 ; 3:3 ; 5:2 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:7 ; Hebrews 13:3 . (3) The reflexive pronoun "yourselves" represents the various plural forms of the reflexive pronoun heautou (frequently governed by some preposition), e.g., Matthew 3:9 ; 16:8 ; 23:31 ; 25:9 ; Mark 9:50 ; Luke 3:8 ; 12:33,57 ; 16:9 ; 21:30 , "of your own selves;" Luke 21:34 ; Acts 5:35 ; in Romans 11:25 , "in your own (conceits)," lit., "in (en; some texts have para, 'among') yourselves;" so Romans 12:16 (with para); 1 Peter 4:8 ; Jude 1:20,21 ; in Ephesians 5:19 , RV, "one to another" (AV, and RV marg., "to yourselves").

Note: In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 , AV, allelous, "one another" (RV), is rendered "yourselves together."


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'ye, You, Yourselves, Your Own Selves'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/y/ye-you-yourselves-your-own-selves.html. 1940.

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