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Dictionaries :: Soldier

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g4757 Greek: stratiotes


"a soldier," is used

(a) in the natural sense, e.g., Mat 8:9; 27:27; 28:12; Mar 15:16; Luk 7:8; 23:36; six times in John; thirteen times in Acts; not again in the NT;

(b) metaphorically of one who endures hardship in the cause of Christ, 2Ti 2:3.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g4753 Greek: strateuma


"an army," is used to denote "a company of soldiers" in Act 23:10; in Act 23:27, RV, "the soldiers," AV, "an army;" in Luk 23:11 (plural), RV, "soldiers," AV, "men of war."

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g4961 Greek: sustratiotes


"a fellow-soldier," (sun, "with," and No. 1), is used metaphorically in Phl 2:25; Phm 1:2, of fellowship in Christian service.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g4754 Greek: strateuo


always in the Middle Voice in the NT, is used

(a) literally of "serving as a soldier," Luk 3:14, "soldiers" (RV, marg., "soldiers on service," present participle); 1Cr 9:7, RV, "(what) soldier... serveth," AV, "(who) goeth a warfare;" 2Ti 2:4, RV, "soldier on service," AV, "man that warreth," lit., "serving as a soldier;"

(b) metaphorically, of "spiritual conflict:" see WAR.


(1) For spekoulator, Mar 6:27, RV, "soldier of his guard," see GUARD.

(2) In 2Ti 2:4 stratologeo is rendered "hath chosen (him) to be a soldier," AV (RV, "enrolled (him) as a soldier").


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