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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


sta: Is derived from two distinct forms. From one derivation it has the meaning "to stand" and so "to continue in one place" (Ge 8:10; Le 13:23,28, etc.), "to forbear to act" (Ru 1:13), "to rest," "to be trustful" (King James Version, the English Revised Version Isa 10:20; see below). Transitively it means "to cause to stay," "to hinder" (Da 4:35, etc.), and "stay" as a noun means "cessation of progress"‘ (Le 13:5,37), "sojourn." From the second derivation the verb means "to support" (Ex 17:12; 1Ki 22:35; So 2:5), while the noun means "a support" (1Ki 10:19; Isa 3:1, etc.). the American Standard Revised Version has judged obsolete "stay on" in the sense "trust in," and for "stay" has substituted "lean" in Isa 10:20 and "rely" in 30:12; 31:1; 50:10, although "stay themselves upon" (=" support themselves by") has been kept in 48:2. Otherwise the Revised Version (British and American) has made few alterations. But such as have been made ("tarry ye" for "stay yourselves" in Isa 29:9 and the American Standard Revised Version "restrain" for "stay" in Job 37:4) could have been carried farther with advantage.

Written by Burton Scott Easton

King James Dictionary

Stay: Support; Something One Relies Upon.

For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the STAY and the staff, the whole STAY of bread, and the whole STAY of water. (Isaiah 3:1)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2722 Greek: katecho


"to hold fast, hold back," is used in the sense of detaining in Luk 4:42, "would have stayed (Him)," RV.

2 Strong's Number: g1907 Greek: epecho


has the meaning "to wait in a place, to stay," in Act 19:22.

3 Strong's Number: g2967 Greek: koluo


"to hinder," is rendered "stayed" in Act 27:43, RV (AV, "kept"); so in 2Pe 2:16, RV (AV, "forbad").


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