New American Standard Bible 1995

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And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.


Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Greek: Transliteration:
And He took to receive from V-APA-NMS H3880 παραλαβὼν paralabōn
with Him Peter "a stone" or "a boulder," Peter, one of the twelve apostles N-AMS H4074 Πέτρον petron
and the two two Adj-AMP H1417 δύο duo

Two: Two divergent opinions

The classic example for the number "two" is found in Matthew chapter 26. There, Yeshua says to His disciples,

"You know that after two days comes the Passover, and the Son of Man will be given over for crucifixion."  Matthew 26:2

The phrase "after two days" is somewhat meaningless because after two days can mean three or more days. The period is unspecified. The reason for such ambiguous language is because the purpose of the number two in this passage is not solely numerical. This means that the text is not intending to provide the reader with some definite information concerning a time period. Rather, the purpose of the number two in this context is one of the numerological meanings of the number two.  Often the number two relates to two divergent opinions. In the aforementioned verse, the author wants to inform the reader that there are two very different understandings for this coming Passover. Yeshua wants to emphasize that He is going up to Jerusalem in order to die as the true Passover sacrifice. Even though Yeshua states this emphatically, the disciples did not receive this. In fact, the disciples did not perceive at all what was going to take place during Passover in regard to Yeshua. In other words, Yeshua and the disciples have two divergent opinions concerning the Passover.

This same principle is also found in the Hebrew Bible (Old Covenant). In the book of Amos one reads,

"Can two walk together without them having agreed" Amos 3:3

The word which was translated into English with the phrase "them having agreed" is נועדו. The root of this word is יעד, which relates to a specific destination. The word which precedes this word is בלתי and in this context the word implies a change to the condition. In other words, had there not been a change in the condition, then the two could not walk together, i.e. they could not have arrived at the common destination.

The concept of divergent or different is also seen in the book of Genesis. In speaking about the sun and moon one reads, "And God made two great lights…" (Genesis 1:16). Obviously the sun and moon are very different, as one is a source of light, while the latter just reflects light. Also in the book of Genesis, one encounters the account of the flood. Here Noah is commanded to bring onto the ark two sorts of each type of animal. In this passage, the two relates to two different (or divergent) kinds of the same sort, i.e. male and female. 

Likewise, two angels came to Sodom, demonstrating that the people of Sodom had a very different way of living from that of the Law of God. Once again, the reader should not assume that every occurrence of the number two in the Bible demands this interpretation. However, one will find in a great majority of Biblical passages, the reader will be assisted in arriving at the proper interpretation, when he considers this divergent quality for the number two. - Baruch Korman, Ph.D. - All Rights Reserved - Used with Permission 2016 

sons a son N-AMP H5207 υἱοὺς uious
of Zebedee, Zebedee, the father of the apostles James and John N-GMS H2199 Ζεβεδαίου zebedaiou
and began to rule, to begin H757    
to be grieved to distress, to grieve V-PNM/P H3076 λυπεῖσθαι lupeisthai
and distressed. to be distressed V-PNA H85 ἀδημονεῖν adēmonein

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New American Standard Bible 1995 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.
King James Bible And He he took with Him him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved sorrowful and distressed.very heavy.
Berean Bible And He took having taken with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be grieved sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Hebrew Greek English And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.