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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under)

Dictionaries :: Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under)

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1411 Greek: dunamis

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

for the different meanings of which see ABILITY, MIGHT, is sometimes used, by metonymy, of persons and things, e.g.,

(a) of God, Mat 26:64; Mar 14:62;

(b) of angels, e.g., perhaps in Eph 1:21, RV, "power," AV, "might" (cp. Rom 8:38; 1Pe 3:22);

(c) of that which manifests God's "power:" Christ, 1Cr 1:24; the Gospel, Rom 1:16;

(d) of mighty works (RV, marg., "power" or "powers"), e.g., Mar 6:5, "mighty work;" so Mar 9:39, RV (AV, "miracle"); Act 2:22 (ditto); 8:13, "miracles;" 2Cr 12:12, RV, "mighty works" (AV, "mighty deeds").

Note: For different meanings of synonymous terms, see Note under DOMINION, A, No. 1.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g1849 Greek: exousia

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

denotes "freedom of action, right to act;" used of God, it is absolute, unrestricted, e.g., Luk 12:5 (RV marg., "authority"); in Act 1:7 "right of disposal" is what is indicated; used of men, authority is delegated. Angelic beings are called "powers" in Eph 3:10 (cp. 1:21); 6:12; Col 1:6; 2:15 (cp. 2:10).
See AUTHORITY, No. 1, see also PRINCIPALITY.

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g2479 Greek: ischus

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

"ability, force, strength," is nowhere translated "power" in the RV (AV in 2Th 1:9).
See ABILITY, No. 2.

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g2904 Greek: kratos

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

is translated "power" in the RV and AV in 1Ti 6:16; Hbr 2:14; in Eph 1:19 (last part); 6:10, AV, "power" (RV, "strength"): see DOMINION, A, No. 1, STRENGTH, A, No. 3.

A-5 Noun Strong's Number: g1415 Greek: dunaton

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

the neuter of the adjective dunatos, "powerful" (akin to No. 1), is used as a noun with the article in Rom 9:22, "(to make His) power (known)."
See ABLE.

A-6 Noun Strong's Number: g746 Greek: arche

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

"a beginning, rule," is translated "power" in Luk 20:20, AV (RV, "rule").
See BEGINNING, B.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g1850 Greek: exousiazo

Power (Noun, and Verb, to Have, Bring Under):

"to exercise authority" (akin to A, No. 2), is used

(a) in the Active Voice, Luk 22:25, RV, "have authority" (AV, "exercise authority"), of the "power" of rulers; 1Cr 7:4 (twice), of marital relations and conditions;

(b) in the Passive Voice, 1Cr 6:12, to be brought under the "power" of a thing; here, this verb and the preceding one connected with it, exesti, present a paronomasia, which Lightfoot brings out as follows: "all are within my power; but I will not put myself under the power of any one of all things."
See AUTHORITY, B, No. 1.

Notes:

(1) In Rev 13:14, 15, AV, didomi, "to give," is translated "(he) had power;" RV, "it was given (him)" and "it was given unto him;" the AV misses the force of the permissive will of God in the actings of the Beast.

(2) In Rom 16:25, AV, dunamai, "to be able," is translated "that is of power" (RV, "that is able").
See ABLE.

(3) The subject of power in Scripture may be viewed under the following heads:

(a) its original source, in the Persons in the Godhead;

(b) its exercise by God in creation, its preservation and its government;

(c) special manifestations of Divine "power," past, present and future;

(d) "power" existent in created beings, other than man, and in inanimate nature;

(e) committed to man, and misused by him;

(f) committed to those who, on becoming believers, were "empowered" by the Spirit of God, are indwelt by Him, and will exercise it hereafter for God's glory.

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