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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Pastor:

pas'-ter (ro‘eh; poimen; literally, a helper, or feeder of the sheep (the King James Version Jer 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10; 17:16; 22:22; 23:1,2, and in Eph 4:11, the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American))): Besides the literal sense the word has now a figurative meaning and refers to the minister appointed over a congregation. This latter meaning is recognized in the translation of the King James Version.

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King James Dictionary

Pastor: One Who Feeds the Flock; Shepherd.

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the PASTORS also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. (Jeremiah 2:7-8)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4166 Greek: poimen

Pastor:

"a shepherd, one who tends herds or flocks" (not merely one who feeds them), is used metaphorically of Christian "pastors," Eph 4:11. "Pastors" guide as well as feed the flock; cp. Act 20:28, which, with ver. 17, indicates that this was the service committed to elders (overseers or bishops); so also in 1Pe 5:1, 2, "tend the flock... exercising the oversight," RV; this involves tender care and vigilant superintendence.
See SHEPHERD.

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