Aug
2014

The Greek verb astateo

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Found just once in the New Testament (1 Cor. 4:111 Cor. 4:11
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11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling-place;

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), the Greek verb “astateo” meant “unsettled” or “have no fixed home.”  Paul noted how servants like the apostles “had no certain dwelling place.”  The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (1:173) described this word “as an unsettled manner of life.”  Some modern translations render this verb “homeless.”

Aug
2014

“Assos” in the Bible

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Found only in Acts 20:13-14Acts 20:13-14
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13 But we going before to the ship set sail for Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, intending himself to go by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.

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, “Assos” was a seaport in Asia where Paul met Luke and others.

Aug
2014

The Greek word “asson”

Found just once in the New Testament (Acts 27:13Acts 27:13
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13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close in shore.

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), this term meant “close by” or “nearer.”  Luke described a ship which “sailed close by Crete” or “sailed along the shore of Crete.”

Aug
2014

The Greek word “assarion”

Found just twice in the New Testament (Mt. 10:29Mt. 10:29
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29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father:

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; Lk. 12:6Lk. 12:6
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6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God.

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), the Greek noun “assarion” (“farthing”) described a small Roman coin.  This copper coin was the price of two sparrows as stated in Mt. 10:29Mt. 10:29
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29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father:

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and Lk. 12:6Lk. 12:6
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6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God.

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.

Aug
2014

The Greek word “aspondos”

Found just twice in the New Testament (Rom. 1:31Rom. 1:31
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31 without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful:

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; 2 Tim. 3:32 Tim. 3:3
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3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,

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), the Greek adjective “aspondos” described those who “cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant” (Thayer, p. 81).  Such an individual will not cease hostilities or accept reconciliation.

Aug
2014

The Greek word “aspis”

Found just once in the New Testament (Rom. 3:13Rom. 3:13
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13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:

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), and used to illustrate evil speech, the Greek noun “aspis” meant “asp” or “venomous serpent.”  In Classical Greek, this noun described the Egyptian cobra.

Aug
2014

The Greek word “aspilos”

Found only in 1 Tim. 6:141 Tim. 6:14
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14 that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

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; Jas. 1:27Jas. 1:27
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27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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; 1 Pet. 1:19; 21 Pet. 1:19; 2
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19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ: 2 1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; 3 if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious: 4 unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious, 5 ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 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. 7 For you therefore that believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; 8 and, A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 who in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul; 12 having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme; 14 or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 18 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

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Pet. 3:14, the Greek adjective “aspilos” meant “unblemished” or “without spot.”  Jesus was “unblemished” (the “blameless” Son of God, 1 Pet. 1:191 Pet. 1:19
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19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ:

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).  Christians are to stay “unspotted” from the world (Jas. 1:27Jas. 1:27
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27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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).

A simple but helpful definition for 1 Tim. 6:141 Tim. 6:14
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14 that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

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; Jas. 1:27Jas. 1:27
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27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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; 2 Pet. 3:142 Pet. 3:14
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14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight.

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is “morally pure” (Kittel, 1:502).

Aug
2014

The Greek word “aspasmos”

Found mainly in Luke (1:29, 41, 44; 11:43; 20:46), but also used in Mt. 23:7Mt. 23:7
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7 and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi.

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; Mk. 12:38Mk. 12:38
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38 And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces,

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; 1 Cor. 16:211 Cor. 16:21
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21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

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; Col. 4:18Col. 4:18
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18 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

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; 2 Thess. 3:172 Thess. 3:17
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17 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

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, the Greek noun “aspasmos” meant “greet,” “welcome,” “bid farewell.”

Jesus spoke of “greetings” in marketplaces (Mt. 23:7Mt. 23:7
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7 and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi.

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) and noted how people like the scribes and Pharisees (Mt. 23:2Mt. 23:2
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2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat:

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) “loved” these greetings (Mk. 12:38Mk. 12:38
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38 And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces,

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, KJV).  Paul “greeted” people in his letters (1 Cor. 16:211 Cor. 16:21
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21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

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; Col. 4:18Col. 4:18
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18 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

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; 2 Thess. 3:172 Thess. 3:17
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17 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

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).

Aug
2014

The Greek word “aspazomai”

Found about 60 times in the New Testament and used in every New Testament book but John, Galatians, Ephesians, Second Thessalonians, First Timothy, James, Second Peter, First John, Jude and Revelation, the Greek verb “aspazomai” meant “greet,” “salute,” welcome.”

This term is found a few times in Matthew-Luke (Mt. 5:47; 10:12Mt. 5:47; 10:12
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47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? 12 And as ye enter into the house, salute it.

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; Mk. 9:15; 15:18Mk. 9:15; 15:18
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15 And straightway all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 18 and they began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

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; Lk. 1:40; 10:4Lk. 1:40; 10:4
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40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. 4 Carry no purse, no wallet, no shoes; and salute no man on the way.

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), a handful of times in Acts (Acts 18:22; 20:1; 21:6-7, 19; 25:13Acts 18:22; 20:1; 21:6-7, 19; 25:13
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22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and saluted the church, and went down to Antioch. 20 1 And after the uproar ceased, Paul having sent for the disciples and exhorted them, took leave of them, and departed to go into Macedonia. 6 and we went on board the ship, but they returned home again. 7 And when we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day. 19 And when he had saluted them, he rehearsed one by one the things which God had wrought among the Gentiles through his ministry. 13 Now when certain days were passed, Agrippa the King and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and saluted Festus.

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), and many times in Rom. 16.  This latter reference illustrates how this term is frequently used at the close of several letters to express greetings to both individuals as well as congregations.