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Dictionaries :: Foot, Feet

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g4228 Greek: pous

Foot, Feet:

besides its literal meaning, is used, by metonymy, of "a person in motion," Luk 1:79; Act 5:9; Rom 3:15; 10:15; Hbr 12:13. It is used in phrases expressing subjection, 1Cr 15:27, RV; of the humility and receptivity of discipleship, Luk 10:39; Act 22:3; of obeisance and worship, e.g., Mat 28:9; of scornful rejection, Mat 10:14; Act 13:51. Washing the "feet" of another betokened the humility of the service and the comfort of the guest, and was a feature of hospitality, Luk 7:38; Jhn 13:5; 1Ti 5:10 (here figuratively).

Note: In Act 7:5 bema, "a step," is used with podos, the genitive case of pous, lit., "the step of a foot," i.e., "a foot breadth," what the "foot" can stand on, "(not so much as) to set his foot on."

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g939 Greek: basis

Foot, Feet:

lit., "a step" (akin to baino, "to go"), hence denotes that with which one steps, "a foot," and is used in the plural in Act 3:7.

B-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g4158 Greek: poderes

Foot, Feet:

signifies "reaching to the feet," from pous, and aro, "to fit" (akin to A, No. 1), and is said of a garment, Rev 1:13. In the Sept. it is used of the high priest's garment, e.g., Exd 28:4.

B-2 Adjective Strong's Number: g3978 Greek: pezos

Foot, Feet:

an adjective, "on foot," is used in one of its forms as an adverb in Mat 14:13; Mar 6:33, in each place signifying "by land," in contrast to "by sea." Cp. pezeuo, "to go on foot," Act 20:13, RV, "to go by land" (marg., "on foot").


(1) In Act 20:18, the RV "set foot in" expresses more literally the verb epibaino (lit., "to go upon") than the AV "came into." So again in Act 21:4 (some mss. have anabaino here).

(2) In Luk 8:5, katapateo, "to tread down" (kata, "down," pateo, "to tread, trample"), is translated "was trodden under foot," RV (AV, "was trodden down").


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