Latin quotes by Jesus

Jesus phrases taken from the Vulgate Latin Bible

Translated from Greek into Latin by Jerome

Jesus probably spoke Aramaic, because that was the language of Galilee, Samaria and Judea. It is possible that Jesus also spoke Greek, because Greek was one of the international languages by the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt after the conquest of Alexander the Great. The gospels were written long after the death of Christ. It is likely that were written in Greek rather than Aramaic.

In the fourth century, Pope Damasus I ordered Jerome to create a translation from Greek into Latin suitable for prayer and liturgical use. The translation duly completed according to the canon of the Roman Catholic Church, is called Latin Vulgate.

  1. Amen dico vobis quia unus vestrum me traditurus est - Truly I say to you that one of you shall betray me (Vulgate - Matthew 26, 20 - Said by Jesus)
  2. Beatius est magis dare quam accipere - It is more blessed to give than to receive (Vulgate - Acts 20, 35 - Said by Jesus)
  3. Desiderio desideravi hoc pascha manducare vobiscum - I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you (Vulgate - Luke 22,16 - Said by Jesus Christ at the last supper)
  4. Deus meus, Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me - My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" (Said by Jesus Christ at the cross - Vulgate - Mark 15,34 and Matthew 27,46)
  5. Ego sum Alpha et Omega - I am alpha and omega (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - John, Apocalypses 1,8 - I am the beginning and the end - Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega is the last)
  6. Ego sum lux mundi - I am the light of the world (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - John 8,12)
  7. Ego sum via, veritas et vita - I am the way, the truth and Life (Vulgate - John 14,6 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  8. Eis qui sine peccato est vestrum primus in illam lapidem mittat - He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (Vulgate - John 8, 7 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  9. Et ei qui vult tecum iudicio contendere et tunicam tuam tollere remitte ei et pallium - And whoever wants to sue you and take your shirt, also let him have your coat (Vulgate - Matthew 5,40 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  10. Et iterum dico vobis facilius est camelum per foramen acus transire quam divitem intrare in regnum caelorum - And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Vulgate - Matthew 19,24 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  11. Hoc est corpus meum - This is my body (Vulgate - Luke 22, 19 - Said by Jesus Christ during the last supper)
  12. Hoc est praeceptum meum ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos - This is my commandment to you, to love one another as I have loved you (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - John 15, 12)
  13. Hoc facite in meam commemorationem - Do this in remembrance of me (Vulgate - Mark 22, 19 - Said by Jesus Christ during the last supper)
  14. Ignem veni mittere in terram et quid volo si accendatur - I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - Luke 12, 49)
  15. In principio erat Verbum - In the beginning was the Word, (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - John 1, 1)
  16. Modicae fidei, quare dubitasti? - Man of little faith, why do you hesitate? (Vulgate - Said by Jesus Christ - Matthew 14, 33 - Jesus is mad with Peterís refusal to walk on water)
  17. Multi autem sunt vocati pauci vero electi - Many are called but few chosen (Vulgate, Matthew 22,14 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  18. Nemo potest duobus dominis servire aut enim unum odio habebit et alterum diliget aut unum sustinebit et alterum contemnet non potestis Deo servire et mamonae - No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Vulgate - Matthew 6, 24 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  19. Neque dicent ecce hic aut ecce illic ecce enim regnum Dei intra vos est - Do not say, "Look, here it is" or "there it is", for the kingdom of God is within you (Vulgate - Luke 17, 21 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  20. Noli me tangere! - Do not touch me! (Vulgate - John 20, 17 - Said by Jesus Christ to Mary Magdalene - In medicine it refers to those organs (e.g. the heart) that not should be operated.)
  21. Non enim veni vocare iustos sed peccatores - I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - Matthew 9, 13)
  22. Non est opus valentibus medico sed male habentibus - The healthy do not need the doctor, but the sick do (Said by Jesus Christ - Vulgate - Matthew 9, 12)
  23. Non resistere malo sed si quis te percusserit in dextera maxilla tua praebe illi et alteram - Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Vulgate - Matthew 5, 39 - Said by Jesus Christ)
  24. Pater dimitte illis non enim sciunt quid faciunt - Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing (Said by Jesus Christ on the cross - Vulgate - Luke 23,34)
  25. Porro unum est necessarium - Only one thing is necessary (Vulgate - Said by Jesus Christ)

Total: 30
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