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Dictionaries :: Maranatha

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Maranatha:

(1Cr 16:22) consists of two Aramean words, Maran'athah, meaning, "our Lord comes," or is "coming." If the latter interpretation is adopted, the meaning of the phrase is, "Our Lord is coming, and he will judge those who have set him at nought." (Phl 4:5; Jam 5:8, 9.)

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Maranatha:

the Lord is coming

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Maranatha:

mar-a-nath'-a, mar-an-a'-tha (from Aramaic words, marana' ‘athah, "Our Lord cometh, or will come"; according to some, "has come"; to others, "Come!" an invitation for his speedy reappearance (compare Re 22:20); maranatha, or maran atha): Used in connection with anathema, "accursed" (1Co 16:22), but has no necessary connection therewith. It was used by early Christians to add solemn emphasis to previous statement, injunction or adjuration, and seems to have become a sort of watchword; possibly forming part of an early liturgy.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Maranatha:

an Aramaic or Syriac expression used by St. Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16:22) signifying "our Lord cometh."

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