Oct
2017

The Greek word “Δυσμή”

Limited to Mt. 8:11; 24:27Mt. 8:11; 24:27
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11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: 27 For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

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; Lk. 12:54; 13:29Lk. 12:54; 13:29
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54 And he said to the multitudes also, When ye see a cloud rising in the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it cometh to pass. 29 And they shall come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

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; Rev. 21:13Rev. 21:13
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13 on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

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, the Greek noun Δυσμή meant “west” or “setting” of the sun.  In Classical Greek this term occasionally described old age.

Oct
2017

The Greek word “δυσκόλως”

Limited to Mt. 19:23Mt. 19:23
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23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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; Mk. 10:23Mk. 10:23
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23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

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; Lk. 18:24Lk. 18:24
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24 And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

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, and being the adverbial form of “δύσκολος” (the previous entry), the Greek adverb “δυσκόλως” meant “with difficulty.”  It is hard for the wealthy to enter into the kingdom of God.  Those “with possessions scarcely have a part” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:361).

Oct
2017

The Greek word “duskolos”

Limited to Mk. 11:24Mk. 11:24
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24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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, the Greek adjective “duskolos” meant “hard” or “difficult.  It is “hard” for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.

Spicq (1:387) cited some contemporary literary texts which use this term in some additional ways:  “the climbing of the wall is difficult” (Josephus).  It is difficult (duskolos) and even impossible for the defiant mind to receive an education (Philo).

Oct
2017

The Greek word “dusermeneutos”

Limited to Heb. 5:11Heb. 5:11
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11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become dull of hearing.

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, the Greek adjective “dusermeneutos” meant “hard to explain” or “hard to interpret.”  Since the recipients of this letter had some spiritual dullness (“dull of hearing”), it was “hard to explain” some things to them.

For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food (Heb. 5:12Heb. 5:12
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12 For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food.

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Oct
2017

The Greek word “dusenteria”

Limited to Acts 28:8Acts 28:8
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8 And it was so, that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery: unto whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laying his hands on him healed him.

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, the Greek noun “dusenteria” meant “dysentery.”  On the island of Melita a man had “dysentery” (the KJV says “bloody flux”).

Oct
2017

The Greek word “dusbastaktos”

Limited to Mt. 23:4Mt. 23:4
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4 Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.

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and Lk. 11:46Lk. 11:46
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46 And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

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, the Greek adjective “dusbastaktos” meant “hard to bear” or “burdensome to carry.”

Men like the scribes and Pharisees bound burdens on people which were “hard to bear”  (Mt. 23:4Mt. 23:4
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4 Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.

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; Lk. 11:46Lk. 11:46
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46 And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

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).  The Christian faith is a much different system of religion (Mt. 11:29-30Mt. 11:29-30
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29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Oct
2017

The Greek word “duo”

Found 132 times in the New Testament and 40 of these occurrences are in the book of Matthew, the Greek noun “duo” meant “both” or “two.”  Sometimes this term is used to describe a small number of people (Mt. 18:20Mt. 18:20
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20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

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Oct
2017

The Greek word “duno”

Limited to Mk. 1:32Mk. 1:32
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32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons.

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and Lk. 4:40Lk. 4:40
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40 And when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

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, the Greek verb “duno” meant “go down” or “set.”  This term describes the setting of the sun.

Oct
2017

The Greek word “dunatos”

Found 33 times in the New Testament, the Greek adjective “dunatos” meant “possible,” “strong,” “powerful,” “capable,” “mighty,” “having power.”

Jesus said all things are “possible” with God (Mt. 19:26Mt. 19:26
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26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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).  Jesus asked if it were “possible” for Him to avoid the pain of the cross (Mt. 26:39Mt. 26:39
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39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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; Mk. 14:35Mk. 14:35
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35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.

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).  Jesus was regarded as someone who was “mighty” in word and deed (Lk. 24:19Lk. 24:19
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19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

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).  It was not “possible” for death to keep Jesus (Acts 2:24Acts 2:24
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24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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).  It is possible to be “mighty” in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24Acts 18:24
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24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the scriptures.

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).  If it is “possible” (Rom. 12:18Rom. 12:18
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18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

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), live peaceably with all men.  Those who are “strong” in the faith need to help the weak (Rom. 15:1Rom. 15:1
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15 1 Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

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Oct
2017

The Greek word “dunateo”

Limited to Rom. 14:4Rom. 14:4
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4 Who art thou that judgest the servant of another? to his own lord he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be made to stand; for the Lord hath power to make him stand.

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; 2 Cor. 9:8; 13:32 Cor. 9:8; 13:3
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8 And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work: 3 seeing that ye seek a proof of Christ that speaketh in me; who to you-ward is not weak, but is powerful in you:

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, and always applied to deity, the Greek verb “dunateo” meant “able,” “be strong,” “be powerful.”