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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


forth: "Forth," adverb (from "for"), signifies movement

(1) forward,

(2) out of,

(3) beyond a certain boundary.

In a few instances in the Old Testament it is the translation of the preposition ‘al, properly "above," "upon" (2Ki 11:15; 2Ch 23:14; Am 7:17 the King James Version), and of chuts, "without" (Ge 39:13; Jud 19:25). "Forth" is often used as an expletive of various verbs, as "break (forth)," "bring (forth)," "call (forth)," etc. In the Gospel of John it is the translation of exo, "without," as "Lazarus, come forth" (11:43; so 15:6; 19:4 the King James Version, etc.; also Ac 5:34; 9:40). "Stand forth" in Mr 3:3 is the translation of egeire eis to meson, margin "Arise into the midst." the Revised Version (British and American) has a great many changes, frequently substituting "out," "away," "abroad," etc.; "forth from" for "out of" (Job 41:21; Isa 45:23); "spread forth" for "stretched out" (Ps 44:20; 88:9; 136:6), etc. In Col 1:6, for "bringeth forth fruit" the Revised Version (British and American) reads "bearing fruit."

Written by W. L. Walker

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g1854 Greek: exo


"outside, without" (from, ek, "out of, from"), frequently signifies "forth," especially after verbs of motion, e.g., Jhn 11:43; 19:4, 13.


(1) For the word "forth" in combination with various verbs, see, e.g., BREAK, BRING, COME, PUT.

(2) In Mat 26:16, the RV omits "forth," as the similar apo tote, "from then," simply means "from that time;" in the similar phrase "from that day forth," Mat 22:46; Jhn 11:53, there is no word in the original representing "forth."

(3) In Jhn 2:11 the RV rightly omits "forth."


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