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Easton's Bible Dictionary


a morsel of bread (Jhn 13:26; Rth 2:14). Our Lord took a piece of unleavened bread, and dipping it into the broth of bitter herbs at the Paschal meal, gave it to Judas. (Rth 2:14.)

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


sop (psomion): A thin, wafer-like piece of bread dipped into the common dish as a sort of improvised spoon, is thus designated in Joh 13:26 ff.


King James Dictionary

Sop: A Little Bit; Morsel.

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a SOP, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the SOP, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. (John 13:21-26)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g5596 Greek: psomion


a diminutive of psomos, "a morsel," denotes "a fragment, a sop" (akin to psomizo; see FEED), Jhn 13:26 (twice), 27, 30. It had no connection with the modern meaning of "sop," something given to pacify (as in the classical expression "a sop to Cerberus").

Smith's Bible Dictionary


In eastern lands where our table utensils are unknown, the meat, with the broth, is brought upon the table in a large dish, and is eaten usually by means of pieces of bread clipped into the common dish. The bread so dipped is called. "It was such a piece of bread a sop dipped in broth that Jesus gave to Judas (John 13:26) and again, in Matthew 26:23 It is said "he that dippeth his hand with me in the dish," i.e. to make a sop by dipping a piece of bread into the central dish.


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