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What is the meaning of "for" in this sentence

Today many Jews no longer hold to a personal messiah, but hope for a messianic age of justice and truth. For the Jews the coming of the Messiah or the messianic age still lies in the future.

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  • Would it help if the sentence was written as "The coming of the Messiah or the messianic age still lies in the future for the Jews"? – BillJ Nov 19 '17 at 18:09
  • Yeah. But what does for mean here. I know it's grammatically right. But can i get some source. That what does it exactly mean. Because if i translate this from my native language. It'd be To in place of For – user65161 Nov 19 '17 at 18:20
  • I think it's about their thinking. That they think that coming of the messiah is a future thing – user65161 Nov 19 '17 at 18:26
  • Yes, I think you are right. The meaning is like that of "in the opinion of the Jews" or "its the belief of the Jews". Does that make sense? – BillJ Nov 19 '17 at 18:28
  • Yes. Now it does. But i wish i could get some source. Because I googled it but i couldn't find this meaning of for. For opinion/thinking – user65161 Nov 19 '17 at 18:30
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To "hope for" = To "want", To "desire", To "dream of"

"I hope for world peace."

A similar usage is

"to hope the best for" [a person]

"We hope the best for your grandmother who is in the hospital."

  • I agree with this answer. The "for" is part of an idiomatic expression "to hope for", which means "to desire". – Nick Nov 20 '17 at 20:23
  • I love how much I am learning on this site while helping others. I didn't know the full definition of idiomatic until I just read your comment and then finaly looked it up. :) And hey, "native speaker", that's me! . . . I am the native speaker. But I am not the Native speaker. – ashleedawg Nov 21 '17 at 3:39

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