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Easton's Bible Dictionary


as a mark of hospitality (Gen 19:3; 2Sa 3:20; 2Ki 6:23); on occasions of domestic joy (Luk 15:23; Gen 21:8); on birthdays (Gen 40:20; Job 1:4; Mat 14:6); and on the occasion of a marriage (Jdg 14:10; Gen 29:22).

Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the offering up of sacrifices (Deu 12:6-7; 1Sa 9:19; 1Sa 16:3; 1Sa 16:5), and with the annual festivals (Deu 16:11). "It was one of the designs of the greater solemnities, which required the attendance of the people at the sacred tent, that the oneness of the nation might be maintained and cemented together, by statedly congregating in one place, and with one soul taking part in the same religious services. But that oneness was primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body; the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah. To keep the people's consciousness alive to this, to revive, strengthen, and perpetuate it, nothing could be so well adapated as these annual feasts." (See FESTIVALS.)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1859 Greek: heorte


"a feast of festival," is used

(a) especially of those of the Jews, and particularly of the Passover; the word is found mostly in John's Gospel (seventeen times); apart from the Gospels it is used in this way only in Act 18:21;

(b) in a more general way, in Col 2:16, AV, "holy day," RV, "a feast day."

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g1173 Greek: deipnon



(a) "the chief meal of the day," dinner or supper, taken at or towards evening; in the plural "feasts," Mat 23:6; Mar 6:21; 12:39; Luk 20:46; otherwise translated "supper," Luk 14:12,16,17,24; Jhn 12:2; 13:2,4; 21:20; 1Cr 11:21 (of a social meal);

(b) "the Lord's Supper," 1Cr 11:20;

(c) "the supper or feast" which will celebrate the marriage of Christ with His spirtual Bride, at the inauguration of His Kingdom, Rev 19:9;

(d) figuratively, of that to which the birds of prey will be summoned after the overthrow of the enemies of the Lord at the termination of the war of Armageddon, Rev 19:17 (cp. Eze 39:4, 17-20).

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g1403 Greek: doche


"a reception feast, a banquet" (from dechomai, "to receive"), Luk 5:29; 14:13 (not the same as No. 2; see ver. 12).

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g1062 Greek: gamos


"a wedding," especially a wedding "feast" (akin to gameo, "to marry"); it is used in the plural in the following passages (the RV rightly has "marriage feast" for the AV, "marriage," or "wedding"), Mat 22:2, 3, 4, 9 (in verses Mat 22:11, 12, it is used in the singular, in connection with the wedding garment); 25:10; Luk 12:36; 14:8; in the following it signifies a wedding itself, Jhn 2:1, 2; Hbr 13:4; and figuratively in Rev 19:7, of the marriage of the Lamb; in Rev 19:9 it is used in connection with the supper, the wedding supper (or what in English is termed "breakfast"), not the wedding itself, as in ver. 7.

A-5 Noun Strong's Number: g26 Greek: agape


"love," is used in the plural in Jud 1:12, signifying "love feasts," RV (AV, "feasts of charity"); in the corresponding passage, 2Pe 2:13, the most authentic mss. have the word apate, in the plural, "deceivings."


(1) In 1Cr 10:27 the verb kaleo, "to call," in the sense of inviting to one's house, is translated "biddeth you (to a feast);" in the most authentic texts there is no separate phrase representing "to a feast," as in some mss., eis deipnon (No. 2).

(2) In Mar 14:2; Jhn 2:23 the AV translates heorte (see No. 1) by "feast day" (RV, "feast").

(3) For the "Feast of the Dedication," Jhn 10:22, see DEDICATION.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g1858 Greek: heortazo


"to keep festival" (akin to A, No. 1) is translated "let us keep the feast," in 1Cr 5:8. This is not the Lord's Supper, nor the Passover, but has reference to the continuous life of the believer as a festival or holy-day (see AV, margin), in freedom from "the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4910 Greek: suneuocheo


"to entertain sumptuously with," is used in the Passive Voice, denoting "to feast sumptuously with" (sun, "together," and euochia, "good cheer"), "to revel with," translated "feast with" in 2Pe 2:13; Jud 1:12.


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