Jul
2017

The Greek word “distazo”

Limited to Mt. 14:31; 28:17Mt. 14:31; 28:17
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.

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, the Greek verb “distazo” meant “waver” or “to doubt.”  Peter “doubted” he was able to continue to walk on the water and began to sink (Mt. 14:31Mt. 14:31
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31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

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).  Some of Jesus’ disciples “doubted” He had really been raised from the dead (Mt. 28:17Mt. 28:17
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17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.

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Jul
2017

The Greek word “dismurias”

Limited to Rev. 9:16Rev. 9:16
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16 And the number of the armies of the horsemen was twice ten thousand times ten thousand: I heard the number of them.

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(some manuscripts), the Greek noun “dismurias” meant “a double myriad.”  The expression John used in this verse (“twice ten thousand times ten thousand,” ASV), would equal 200 million.  This vast number is used to portray great, great strength.

Jul
2017

The Greek adverb “dis”

Limited to Mk. 14:30, 72Mk. 14:30, 72
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that thou to-day, even this night, before the cock crow twice, shalt deny me thrice. 72 And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

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; Lk. 18:12Lk. 18:12
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12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.

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; Phil. 4:16Phil. 4:16
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16 for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need.

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; 1 Thess. 2:181 Thess. 2:18
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18 because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.

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; Jude 12, the Greek adverb “dis” meant “twice.”  Jesus spoke of the cock crowing “twice” (Mk. 14:30, 72Mk. 14:30, 72
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30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that thou to-day, even this night, before the cock crow twice, shalt deny me thrice. 72 And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

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.  A Pharisee boasted of how he fasted “twice” each week (Lk. 18:12Lk. 18:12
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12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.

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).  Jude applied this term to false teachers who were spiritually bankrupt.

Jun
2017

The Greek word “diploo”

Limited to Rev. 18:6Rev. 18:6
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6 Render unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works: in the cup which she mingled, mingle unto her double.

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, the Greek verb “diploo” meant “double.”  John used this term to describe the severity of punishment deserved by Babylon.  The wicked deserved to be repaid double for the evil they had done.

Jun
2017

The Greek word “diplous”

Limited to Mt. 23:15Mt. 23:15
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves.

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; 1 Tim. 5:171 Tim. 5:17
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17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

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; Rev. 18:6Rev. 18:6
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6 Render unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works: in the cup which she mingled, mingle unto her double.

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, the Greek adjective “diplous” meant “twofold” or “double.”

Twice as much a child of hell” is the meaning in Mt. 23:15Mt. 23:15
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15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves.

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.  Paul told Timothy elders are worthy of “double” honor (1 Tim. 5:171 Tim. 5:17
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17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

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).  Some are worthy of “double” punishment (Rev. 18:6Rev. 18:6
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6 Render unto her even as she rendered, and double unto her the double according to her works: in the cup which she mingled, mingle unto her double.

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Jun
2017

The Greek word “dioti”

Scattered throughout the New Testament, the Greek conjunction “dioti” means “because,” “therefore,” “for,” “on this account” depending on what an author was saying.  In clauses designed to substantiate a statement, the meaning is “because.”  At “the beginning of a clause where an inference is drawn it means therefore” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:336).

This term occurs most frequently in the book of Acts (10:20; 13:35; 17:31; 18:10; 20:26; 22:18).  Other occurrences of this conjunction may be found in 1 Cor. 15:91 Cor. 15:9
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9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

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; Gal. 2:16Gal. 2:16
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16 yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

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; Phil. 2:26Phil. 2:26
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26 since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick:

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; 1 Thess. 2:81 Thess. 2:8
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8 even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.

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; Heb. 11:5, 23Heb. 11:5, 23
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5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God: 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

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; 1 Pet. 1:16, 24; 2:61 Pet. 1:16, 24; 2:6
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16 because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy. 24 For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth: 6 Because it is contained in scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame.

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Jun
2017

Dioskouroi

Limited to Acts 28:11Acts 28:11
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11 And after three months we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was The Twin Brothers.

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, “the Alexandrian ship had the Dioscuri (RSV ‘Twin Brothers’), Castor and Pollux, as a figure-head (and protective deities)” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:336).

Jun
2017

ThThe Greek word “diorusso”

Limited to Mt. 6:19-20; 24:43Mt. 6:19-20; 24:43
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19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through.

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; Lk. 12:39Lk. 12:39
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39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through.

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, the Greek verb “diorusso” meant “dig through” or “break in.”  Jesus used this term to describe illegal entry into homes for the purpose of theft.

Ancient people sometimes regarded door thresholds as sacred places (compare Jer. 35:4Jer. 35:4
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4 and I brought them into the house of Jehovah, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the threshold.

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), and there were actually “threshold covenants” as discussed by David Lusk in his books on covenants.  Some have suggested thieves refused to cross door thresholds because of the covenants but were willing to “dig through” homes to steal.

Jun
2017

The Greek noun “diorthosis”

Limited to Heb. 9:10Heb. 9:10
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10  being only carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

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, the Greek noun “diorthosis” meant “reformation.”  This term describes “a season of reformation, or the perfecting of things, referring to the times of the Messiah” (Thayer, p. 152).