Mar
2017

The Greek word “diastrepho”

Limited to Mt. 17:17Mt. 17:17
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17 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me.

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; Lk. 9:41; 23:2Lk. 9:41; 23:2
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41 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? bring hither thy son. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king.

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; Acts 13:8, 10; 20:30Acts 13:8, 10; 20:30
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8 But Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith. 10 and said, O full of all guile and all villany, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

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; Phil. 2:15Phil. 2:15
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15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,

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, the Greek verb “diastrepho” meant “perverse,” “pervert,” “seduce,” “turn away,” “corrupt.”

Jesus said His generation was “perverse” (Mt. 17:17Mt. 17:17
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17 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me.

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; Lk. 9:41Lk. 9:41
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41 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? bring hither thy son.

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).  Shortly before being crucified, Jesus was accused of “perverting” (misleading) the Jewish nation (Lk. 23:2Lk. 23:2
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2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king.

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).  Some leaders teach “perverse” things to gain disciples (Acts 20:30Acts 20:30
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30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

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).   The right ways of the Lord may be “perverted” by men (Acts 13:10Acts 13:10
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10 and said, O full of all guile and all villany, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

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).  Non-Christians may attempt to “turn away” (lead astray) others from learning the gospel (Acts 13:8Acts 13:8
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8 But Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn aside the proconsul from the faith.

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).  Christians often live in a “perverse” environment (Phil. 2:15Phil. 2:15
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15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,

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).