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101. Might / May



The words "might" and "may" in the Bible do NOT mean giving people a possibility if they so wish to avail themselves of it, as is often meant by these words in modern English. Rather, these words are more to do with the other common definition, i.e. making the way clear for something to definitely happen, as we can say, for example, "so that this might happen," in other words, "so the way is cleared for this to (definitely) happen":

Psalm 65:4 - "Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple."

Matthew 1:22 - "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet."

Matthew 2:15 - "And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."

Matthew 2:23 - "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."

Matthew 4:14 - "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet."

Matthew 8:17 - "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses."

John 10:17 - "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again."

Ephesians 5:25-27 - "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

Philippians 3:21 - "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."

Hebrews 9:15 - "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."

1 John 3:8 - "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."


It is in THIS light that we interpret such passages as:

John 1:7 - "The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe."

John 3:17 - "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

John 5:34 - "But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved."

John 5:40 - "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."

Galatians 1:4 - "Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father"

Titus 2:14 - "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

2 Peter 1:4 - "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

1 John 4:9 - "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."