Luke 1:4
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English Standard Version
that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

King James Bible
That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

American Standard Version
that thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayest know the verity of those words in which thou hast been instructed.

English Revised Version
that thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.

Webster's Bible Translation
That thou mayest know the certainty of those things in which thou hast been instructed.

Weymouth New Testament
that you may fully know the truth of the things which you have been taught by word of mouth.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Mightest know (ἐπιγνῷς)

See on Matthew 7:16. With the idea of full knowledge; or, as regards Theophilus, of more accurate knowledge than is possible from the many who have undertaken the narration.

Certainty (ἀσφάλειαν)

From ἀ, not, and σφάλλομαι, to fall. Hence steadfastness, stability, security against error.

Wast instructed (κατήχηθης)

From κατηχέω, to resound; to teach by word of mouth; and so, in Christian writers, to instruct orally in the elements of religion. It would imply that Theophilus had, thus far, been orally instructed. See on delivered, Luke 1:2. The word catechumen is derived from it.

Things (λόγων)

Properly words (so Wyc.), which Rev. gives in margin. If the word can mean thing at all, it is only in the sense of the thing spoken of; the subject or matter of discourse, in which sense it occurs often in classical Greek. Some render it accounts, histories; others, doctrines of the faith. Godet translates instruction, and claims that not only the facts of the gospel, but the exposition of the facts with a view to show their evangelical meaning and to their appropriation by faith, are included in the word. There is force in this idea; and if we hold to the meaning histories, or even words, this sense will be implied in the context. Luke has drawn up his account in order that Theophilus may have fuller knowledge concerning the accounts which he has heard by word of mouth. That his knowledge may go on from the facts, to embrace their doctrinal and evangelical import; that he may see the facts of Jesus' life and ministry as the true basis of the Gospel of salvation.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God...

2 Peter 1:15,16 Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance...

Cross References
Proverbs 22:21
to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Romans 2:18
and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law;

1 Corinthians 14:19
Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Galatians 6:6
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

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