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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1491 Greek: eidos


properly "that which strikes the eye, that which is exposed to view," signifies the "external appearance, form, or shape," and in this sense is used of the Holy Spirit in taking bodily form, as a dove, Luk 3:22; of Christ, 9:29, "the fashion of His countenance." Christ used it, negatively, of God the Father, when He said "Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form," Jhn 5:37. Thus it is used with reference to each person of the Trinity. Probably the same meaning attaches to the word in the Apostle's statement, "We walk by faith, not by sight (eidos)," 2Cr 5:7, where eidos can scarcely mean the act of beholding, but the visible "appearance" of things which are set in contrast to that which directs faith. The believer is guided, then, not only by what he beholds but by what he knows to be true though it is invisible.

It has a somewhat different significance in 1Th 5:22, in the exhortation, "Abstain from every form of evil," i.e., every sort or kind of evil (not "appearance," AV). This meaning was common in the papyri, the Greek writings of the closing centuries, B.C., and the New Testament era.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g4383 Greek: prosopon


pros, "towards," ops, "an eye," lit., "the part round the eye, the face," in a secondary sense "the look, the countenance," as being the index of the inward thoughts and feelings (cp. 1Pe 3:12, there used of the face of the Lord), came to signify the presentation of the whole person (translated "person," e.g., in Mat 22:16). Cp. the expression in OT passages, as Gen 19:21 (AV marg., "thy face"), where it is said by God of Lot, and Gen 33:10, where it is said by Jacob of Esau; see also Deu 10:17 ("persons"), Lev 19:15 ("person"). It also signifies the presence of a person, Act 3:13; 1Th 2:17; or the presence of a company, Act 5:41. In this sense it is sometimes rendered "appearance," 2Cr 5:12. In 2Cr 10:7, AV, "appearance," the RV corrects to "face."

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g3799 Greek: opsis


from ops, "the eye," connected with horao, "to see" (cp. No. 2), primarily denotes "seeing, sight;" hence, "the face, the countenance," Jhn 11:44 ("face"); Rev 1:16 ("countenance"); the outward "appearance," the look, Jhn 7:24, only here, of the outward aspect of a person.

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g5324 Greek: eidea


"an aspect, appearance," is used in Mat 28:3, RV, "appearance;" AV, "countenance."

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g5324 Greek: phantazo


"to make visible," is used in its participial form (Middle Voice), with the neuter article, as equivalent to a noun, and is translated "appearance," RV, for AV, "sight," Hbr 12:21.


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