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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Former:

for'-mer: The word in the sense of "maker," "framer," occurs only in Jer 51:19, "He is the former (from yatsar, "to form") of all things." The adjective, in the sense of preceding in the order of time, is commonly in Hob the translation of ri'shon, "first," "foremost" (Ge 40:13; Nu 21:26; De 24:4, etc.); in Greek of proteros (Eph 4:22; Heb 10:32; 1Pe 1:14); and in two cases (Ac 1:1; Re 21:4) of protos, where the Revised Version (British and American) has (in Ac in the margin) "the first." As denoting place or position the word occurs in the Old Testament in Zec 14:8, "the former sea" as translation of qadhmoni, "in front," where the Revised Version (British and American) has "eastern," i.e. the Dead Sea, in contrast with the Mediterranean, or western sea (compare Eze 47:18; Joe 2:20). For "former iniquities" (Ps 79:8) the Revised Version (British and American) has simply "the iniquities"; Other changes may be seen in Nu 6:12; Isa 65:7; Eze 36:11; Mic 4:8; Hag 2:3.

Written by W. L. Walker

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4413 Greek: protos

Former:

"first," is translated "former" in Act 1:1, of Luke's first treatise; in Rev 21:4, RV, "first" (AV, "former").
See BEFORE, FIRST.

2 Strong's Number: g4387 Greek: proteros

Former:

"before, former," is translated "former" in Eph 4:22; Hbr 10:32; 1Pe 1:14.
See BEFORE.

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