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Easton's Bible Dictionary


For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews (Gen 16:2; 30:1-23; 1Sa 1:6,27; Isa 47:9; 49:21; Luk 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Jdg 13:2,3; Luk 1:7,36).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4723 Greek: steiros


from a root ster-- meaning "hard, firm" (hence Eng., "sterile"), signifies "barren, not bearing children," and is used with the natural significance three times in the Gospel of Luke, Luk 1:7, 36; 23:29; and with a spiritual significance in Gal 4:27, in a quotation from Isa 54:1. The circumstances of Sarah and Hagar, which Isaiah no doubt had in mind, are applied by the Apostle to the contrast between the works of the Law and the promise by grace.

2 Strong's Number: g692 Greek: argos


denoting "idle, barren, yielding no return, because of inactivity," is found in the best mss. in Jam 2:20 (RV, "barren"); it is rendered "barren" in 2Pe 1:8, AV, (RV, "idle"). In Mat 12:36, the "idle word" means the word that is thoughtless or profitless.
See IDLE, SLOW; cp. katargeo, under ABOLISH.

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