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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


The idea of "to throw violently" or "to strike" with purpose of causing destruction is usually connected with the word "to dash." There is perhaps but one exception to this: Ps 91:12 and the quotations of this passage in the New Testament (Mt 4:6; Lu 4:11, proskopto), have the meaning "to strike against accidentally" and not intentionally. Na 2:1, "he that dasheth in pieces" is doubtful. "He that scatters" would be in better harmony with the Hebrew mephits, and the following description of destruction. In all other cases "to dash" is connected with the idea of destruction, especially the infliction of punishment which is usually expressed by raTash, "to dash to the ground" (2Ki 8:12; Isa 13:16 ff, et al., "to dash in pieces," the King James Version simply "to dash"), but also by naphats, "to break to pieces" (Ps 2:9; 137:9, et al.).

Written by Arthur L. Breslich


King James Dictionary

Dash: To Strike Against; to Beat Towards.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou DASH thy foot against a stone. (Matthew 4:5-6)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4350 Greek: proskopto


denotes "to beat upon or against, to strike against, dash against" (pros, "to or against," kopto, "to strike, beat"); hence, of the foot, to stumble, "dash" (AV and RV), Mat 4:6; Luk 4:11.

2 Strong's Number: g4486 Greek: rhegnumi


"to tear, rend, break," is used of the action of a demon upon a human victim, Mar 9:18, "dasheth... down," RV; (AV, marg.; AV, text, "teareth"); Luk 9:42, RV, "dashed... down" (AV, "threw... down").
See BREAK, No. 6.

3 Strong's Number: g1474 Greek: edaphizo


"to beat level with the earth," e.g., as a threshing floor (cp. edaphos, "the ground"), Luk 19:44; RV, "shall dash (thee) to the ground;" (AV, "shall lay (thee) even with the ground").


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