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Dictionaries :: Martyr

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Martyr:

one who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the cause of Christ (Act 22:20; Rev 2:13; 17:6). In this sense Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all other cases is translated "witness." (1.) In a court of justice (Mat 18:16; 26:65; Act 6:13; 7:58; Hbr 10:28; 1Ti 5:19). (2.) As of one bearing testimony to the truth of what he has seen or known (Luk 24:48; Act 1:8,22; Rom 1:9; 1Th 2:5,10; 1Jo 1:2).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Martyr:

mar'-ter (martus, Aeolic martur): One who gives heed, and so, a "witness," so translated in numerous passages, both as of one bearing testimony, and also as of one who is a spectator of anything (see WITNESS). In the King James Version rendered "martyr" in Ac 22:20, "thy martyr Stephen"; and Re 2:13, "Antipas my faithful martyr"; also 17:6, "the blood of the martyrs of Jesus," where alone the American Standard Revised Version retains "martyrs." These 3 passages are the beginning of the use of the word "martyr" for such witnesses as were faithful even unto death, its uniform modern use.

King James Dictionary

Martyr: A Witness.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the MARTYRS of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. (Revelation 17:6)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
 

Martyr:

For MARTYR see WITNESS

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