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Hello,

Please tell me if it is "abide" or "abides" (in this verse in the Bible). I think it would have been "abides" (with "s"). I wonder if I am wrong. Please help!

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide (???) in the vine; [...] (John 15:4 - King James Version).

Thank you.

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The original text seems to have "abide". It seems to be intended as a subjunctive. Remember that this is archaic language. "except it abide" would not be used in modern writing.

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Thank you very much for your answer!