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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1859 Greek: heorte


"a feast of festival," is used

(a) especially of those of the Jews, and particularly of the Passover; the word is found mostly in John's Gospel (seventeen times); apart from the Gospels it is used in this way only in Act 18:21;

(b) in a more general way, in Col 2:16, AV, "holy day," RV, "a feast day."

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g1173 Greek: deipnon



(a) "the chief meal of the day," dinner or supper, taken at or towards evening; in the plural "feasts," Mat 23:6; Mar 6:21; 12:39; Luk 20:46; otherwise translated "supper," Luk 14:12,16,17,24; Jhn 12:2; 13:2,4; 21:20; 1Cr 11:21 (of a social meal);

(b) "the Lord's Supper," 1Cr 11:20;

(c) "the supper or feast" which will celebrate the marriage of Christ with His spirtual Bride, at the inauguration of His Kingdom, Rev 19:9;

(d) figuratively, of that to which the birds of prey will be summoned after the overthrow of the enemies of the Lord at the termination of the war of Armageddon, Rev 19:17 (cp. Eze 39:4, 17-20).

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g1403 Greek: doche


"a reception feast, a banquet" (from dechomai, "to receive"), Luk 5:29; 14:13 (not the same as No. 2; see ver. 12).

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g1062 Greek: gamos


"a wedding," especially a wedding "feast" (akin to gameo, "to marry"); it is used in the plural in the following passages (the RV rightly has "marriage feast" for the AV, "marriage," or "wedding"), Mat 22:2, 3, 4, 9 (in verses Mat 22:11, 12, it is used in the singular, in connection with the wedding garment); 25:10; Luk 12:36; 14:8; in the following it signifies a wedding itself, Jhn 2:1, 2; Hbr 13:4; and figuratively in Rev 19:7, of the marriage of the Lamb; in Rev 19:9 it is used in connection with the supper, the wedding supper (or what in English is termed "breakfast"), not the wedding itself, as in ver. 7.

A-5 Noun Strong's Number: g26 Greek: agape


"love," is used in the plural in Jud 1:12, signifying "love feasts," RV (AV, "feasts of charity"); in the corresponding passage, 2Pe 2:13, the most authentic mss. have the word apate, in the plural, "deceivings."


(1) In 1Cr 10:27 the verb kaleo, "to call," in the sense of inviting to one's house, is translated "biddeth you (to a feast);" in the most authentic texts there is no separate phrase representing "to a feast," as in some mss., eis deipnon (No. 2).

(2) In Mar 14:2; Jhn 2:23 the AV translates heorte (see No. 1) by "feast day" (RV, "feast").

(3) For the "Feast of the Dedication," Jhn 10:22, see DEDICATION.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g1858 Greek: heortazo


"to keep festival" (akin to A, No. 1) is translated "let us keep the feast," in 1Cr 5:8. This is not the Lord's Supper, nor the Passover, but has reference to the continuous life of the believer as a festival or holy-day (see AV, margin), in freedom from "the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4910 Greek: suneuocheo


"to entertain sumptuously with," is used in the Passive Voice, denoting "to feast sumptuously with" (sun, "together," and euochia, "good cheer"), "to revel with," translated "feast with" in 2Pe 2:13; Jud 1:12.


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