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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Soothsaying

Dictionaries :: Soothsaying

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Below are articles from the following 2 dictionaries:
King James Dictionary

Soothsaying: Foretune-Telling

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by SOOTHSAYING: the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation. (Acts 16:16-17)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3132 Greek: manteuomai

Soothsaying:

"to divine, practice divination" (from mantis, "a seer, diviner"), occurs in Act 16:16. The word is allied to mainomai, "to rave," and mania, "fury" displayed by those who were possessed by the evil spirit (represented by the pagan god or goddess) while delivering their oracular messages. Trench (Syn. vi) draws a distinction between this verb and propheteuo, not only as to their meanings, but as to the fact of the single occurrence of manteuomai in the NT, contrasted with the frequency of propheteuo, exemplifying the avoidance by NT writers of words the employment of which "would tend to break down the distinction between heathenism and revealed religion."

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