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Dictionaries :: Malefactor

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


mal-e-fak'-ter (kakopoios, "a bad doer," i.e. "evildoer," "criminal"; kakourgos, "a wrongdoer"): The former occurs in Joh 18:30 the King James Version, the latter, which is the stronger term, in Lu 23:32,39. The former describes the subject as doing or making evil, the latter as creating or originating the bad, and hence, designates the more energetic, aggressive, initiating type of criminality.

King James Dictionary

Malefactor: Evil-Doer.

Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a MALEFACTOR, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. (John 18:28-30)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2557 Greek: kakourgos


an adjective, lit., "evil-working" (kakos, "evil," ergon, "work"), is used as a noun, translated "malefactor(-s)" in Luk 23:32, 33, 39, and in the RV in 2Ti 2:9 (AV, "evil doer").
See EVIL, B, Note (1). In the Sept., Pro 21:15.

2 Strong's Number: g2555 Greek: kakopois


an adjective, lit., "doing evil," is used in 1Pe 2:12, 14; 3:16 (in some mss.); 4:15.
See EVIL, B, No. 5.


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