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Dictionaries :: Entertain

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Easton's Bible Dictionary


Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival (Deu 16:11,14), and accompanied by offerings (1Sa 9:13), in token of alliances (Gen 26:30); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children (Gen 21:8), at weddings (Gen 29:22; Jhn 2:1), on birth-days (Mat 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2Sa 13:23), and of vintage (Jdg 9:27), and at funerals (2Sa 3:35; Jer 16:7).

The guests were invited by servants (Pro 9:3; Mat 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1Sa 9:22; Luk 14:8; Mar 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest (1Sa 1:4; 2Sa 6:19), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased (Gen 43:34).

The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments (Exd 34:15), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh (1Cr 10:28).

In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned (Rom 13:13; Gal 5:21; 1Pe 4:3). (See BANQUET.)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3579 Greek: xenizo



(a) "to receive as a guest" (xenos, "a guest") rendered "entertained" in Act 28:7, RV, for AV, "lodged;" in Hbr 13:2, "have entertained;"

(b) "to be astonished by the strangeness of a thing," Act 17:20; 1Pe 4:4, 12.
See LODGE, STRANGE (think).

Note: In Hbr 13:2 (first part), philoxenia, lit., "love of strangers" (phileo, "to love," and xenos, "a stranger or guest"), is translated "to show love to," RV, for AV, "entertain."


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