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Dictionaries :: Similitude

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


si-mil'-i-tud: In the King James Version means either "an exact facsimile" (Ps 106:20 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "likeness"; Ro 5:14, etc.), or else "the form itself" (Nu 12:8; De 4:12,15,16 for temunah, "form" (so the Revised Version (British and American))); compare LIKENESS. the English Revised Version has retained the word in 2Ch 4:3; Da 10:16 (the American Standard Revised Version "likeness"), while the English Revised Version and the American Standard Revised Version have used "similitudes" in Ho 12:10 (damah, "be like"). The meaning is "I have inspired the prophets to speak parables."

King James Dictionary

Similitude: A Likeness; Image; Representation.

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the SIMILITUDE of an ox that eateth grass. They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt. (Psalm 106:19-21)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


     For homoioma, rendered "similitude" in Rom 5:14, AV,
         see LIKENESS, No. 1.
     For homoiotes, "similitude" in Hbr 7:15 AV,
         see LIKE, C, Note (1), and LIKENESS, No. 3.
     For homoiosis, "similitude" in Jam 3:9, AV,
         see LIKENESS, No. 2.


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