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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3538 Greek: nipto


is chiefly used of "washing part of the body," Jhn 13:5, 6, 8 (twice, figuratively in 2nd clause), Jhn 13:12, 14 (twice); in 1Ti 5:10, including the figurative sense; in the Middle Voice, to wash oneself, Mat 6:17; 15:2; Mar 7:3; Jhn 9:7, 11, 15; 13:10. For the corresponding noun see BASON.

2 Strong's Number: g633 Greek: apanipto


"to wash off," is used in the Middle Voice, in Mat 27:24.

3 Strong's Number: g3068 Greek: louo


signifies "to bathe, to wash the body,"

(a) Active Voice, Act 9:37; 16:33;

(b) Passive Voice, Jhn 13:10, RV, "bathed" (AV, "washed"); Hbr 10:22, lit., "having been washed as to the body," metaphorical of the effect of the Word of God upon the activities to the believer;

(c) Middle Voice, 2Pe 2:22. Some inferior mss. have it instead of luo, "to loose," in Rev 1:5 (see RV).

4 Strong's Number: g628 Greek: apolouo


"to wash off or away," is used in the Middle Voice, metaphorically, "to wash oneself," in Act 22:16, where the command to Saul of Tarsus to "wash away" his sins indicates that by his public confession, he would testify to the removal of his sins, and to the complete change from his past life; this "washing away" was not in itself the actual remission of his sins, which had taken place at his conversion; the Middle Voice implies his own particular interest in the act (as with the preceding verb "baptize," lit., "baptize thyself," i.e., "get thyself baptized"); the aorist tenses mark the decisiveness of the acts; in 1Cr 6:11, lit., "ye washed yourselves clean;" here the Middle Voice (rendered in the Passive in AV and RV, which do not distinguish between this and the next two Passives; see RV marg.) again indicates that the converts at Corinth, by their obedience to the faith, voluntarily gave testimony to the complete spiritual change Divinely wrought in them. In the Sept., Job 9:30.

5 Strong's Number: g4150 Greek: pluno


is used of "washing inanimate objects," e.g., "nets," Luk 5:2 (some texts have apopluno); of "garments," figuratively, Rev 7:14; 22:14 (in the best texts; the AV translates those which have the verb poieo, "to do," followed by tas entolas autou, "His commandments").

6 Strong's Number: g4472 Greek: rhantizo


"to sprinkle," is used in the Middle Voice in Mar 7:4, in some ancient texts, of the acts of the Pharisees in their assiduous attention to the cleansing of themselves after coming from the market place (some texts have baptizo here).

7 Strong's Number: g1026 Greek: brecho


"to wet," is translated "to wash" in Luk 7:38, 44, AV; the RV, "to wet" and "hath wetted," gives the correct rendering.
See RAIN, B.

8 Strong's Number: g907 Greek: baptizo


is rendered "washed" in Luk 11:38.

Note: With regard to Nos. 1, 3, 5, the Sept. of Lev 15:11 contains all three with their distinguishing characteristics, No. 1 being used of the hands, No. 3 of the whole body, No. 5 of the garments.


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