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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia



(1) keli, ("the impedimenta of an army"): "David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage" (1Sa 17:22); "at Michmash he layeth up his baggage" (Isa 10:28). The American Standard Revised Version gives baggage for "stuff" at 1Sa 10:22; 25:13; 30:24.

(2) aposkeue: "Beside the baggage" (Judith 7:2), "a great ado and much baggage" (1 Macc 9:35,39), "the women and the children and also the baggage" (the King James Version "and other baggage"; 2 Macc 12:21).

(3) aposkeuazomai, ("to make ready for leaving," "to pack up baggage"): "We took up (made ready, Revised Version margin) our baggage" (Ac 21:15, the King James Version "carriages"), i.e. what they could carry-English: "luggage"; but others understand the term of the loading of the baggage animals.

Written by M. O. Evans

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g643 Greek: episkeuazo


"to furnish with things necessary;" in the Middle Voice, "to furnish for oneself;" it was used of equipping baggage animals for a journey; in Act 21:15, RV, it is translated "we took up our baggage" (AV, "we took up our carriages"). The form is the 1st aorist participle, and lit. means "having made ready (the things that were necessary for the journey)."

Note: Some mss. have the verb aposkeuazo, which has the same meaning.

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