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Mark 12:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: ye do greatly err.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He is not the God of [the] dead, but of [the] living. *Ye* therefore greatly err.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He is not a God of, dead, men, but of, living. Greatly, are ye deceiving yourselves.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— he is not the God of dead men, but a God of living men; ye then go greatly astray.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hee is not the God of the dead, but the God of the liuing: yee therefore doe greatly erre.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And Aloha is not of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Ye, therefore, do err greatly.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
God 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
of the dead, 3498
{3498} Prime
νεκρός
nekros
{nek-ros'}
From an apparently primary word νέκυς [[nekus]] (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun).
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
the God 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
of the living: 2198
{2198} Prime
ζάω
zao
{dzah'-o}
A primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
ye 5210
{5210} Prime
ὑμεῖς
humeis
{hoo-mice'}
Irregular plural of G4771; you (as subject of verb).
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
οὖν
oun
{oon}
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
do y4105
[4105] Standard
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
greatly 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
err. 4105
{4105} Prime
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z5743
<5743> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Mark 12:27

_ _ He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living — not “the God of dead but [the God] of living persons.” The word in brackets is almost certainly an addition to the genuine text, and critical editors exclude it. “For all live unto Him” (Luke 20:38) — “in His view,” or “in His estimation.” This last statement — found only in Luke — though adding nothing to the argument, is an important additional illustration. It is true, indeed, that to God no human being is dead or ever will be, but all mankind sustain an abiding conscious relation to Him; but the “all” here means “those who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world.” These sustain a gracious covenant relation to God which cannot be dissolved. (Compare Romans 6:10, Romans 6:11). In this sense our Lord affirms that for Moses to call the Lord the “GOD” of His patriarchal servants, if at that moment they had no existence, would be unworthy of Him. He “would be ashamed to be called their God, if He had not prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16). It was concluded by some of the early Fathers, from our Lord’s resting His proof of the Resurrection on such a passage as this, instead of quoting some much clearer testimonies of the Old Testament, that the Sadducees, to whom this was addressed, acknowledged the authority of no part of the Old Testament but the Pentateuch; and this opinion has held its ground even till now. But as there is no ground for it in the New Testament, so Josephus is silent upon it; merely saying that they rejected the Pharisaic traditions. It was because the Pentateuch was regarded by all classes as the fundamental source of the Hebrew religion, and all the succeeding books of the Old Testament but as developments of it, that our Lord would show that even there the doctrine of the Resurrection was taught. And all the rather does He select this passage, as being not a bare annunciation of the doctrine in question, but as expressive of that glorious truth out of which the Resurrection springs. “And when the multitude heard this” (says Matthew 22:23), “they were astonished at His doctrine.” “Then,” adds Luke 20:39, Luke 20:40, “certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said” — enjoying His victory over the Sadducees. “And after that they durst not ask Him any [question at all]” — neither party could; both being for the time utterly foiled.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Mark 12:18-27.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Mark 12:27

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living — That is, (if the argument be proposed at length,) since the character of his being the God of any persons, plainly intimates a relation to them, not as dead, but as living; and since he cannot be said to be at present their God at all, if they are utterly dead; nor to be the God of human persons, such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, consisting of souls and bodies, if their bodies were to abide in everlasting death; there must needs be a future state of blessedness, and a resurrection of the body to share with the soul in it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
is not:

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. ... But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

ye:

Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.
Hebrews 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.
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Pv 19:27. Mk 12:24. Ro 4:17; 14:9. He 3:10; 11:13.

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