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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Blaspheme, Blasphemy, Blasphemer, Blasphemous

Dictionaries :: Blaspheme, Blasphemy, Blasphemer, Blasphemous

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g988 Greek: blasphemia

Blaspheme, Blasphemy, Blasphemer, Blasphemous:

either from blax, "sluggish, stupid," or, probably, from blapto, "to injure," and pheme, "speech," (Eng. "blasphemy") is so translated thirteen times in the RV, but "railing" in Mat 15:19; Mar 7:22; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; 1Ti 6:4; Jud 1:9. The word "blasphemy" is practically confined to speech defamatory of the Divine Majesty. See Note, below.
See EVIL SPEAKING, RAILING.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g987 Greek: blasphemeo

Blaspheme, Blasphemy, Blasphemer, Blasphemous:

"to blaspheme, rail at or revile," is used

(a) in a general way, of any contumelious speech, reviling, calumniating, railing at, etc., as of those who railed at Christ, e.g., Mat 27:39; Mar 15:29; Luk 22:65 (RV, "reviling"); Luk 23:39;

(b) of those who speak contemptuously of God or of sacred things, e.g., Mat 9:3; Mar 3:28; Rom 2:24; 1Ti 1:20; 6:1; Rev 13:6; 16:9, 11, 21; "hath spoken blasphemy," Mat 26:65; "rail at," 2Pe 2:10; Jud 1:8, 10; "railing," 2Pe 2:12; "slanderously reported," Rom 3:8; "be evil spoken of," Rom 14:16; 1Cr 10:30; 2Pe 2:2; "speak evil of," Tts 3:2; 1Pe 4:4; "being defamed," 1Cr 4:13. The verb (in the present participial form) is translated "blasphemers" in Act 19:37; in Mar 2:7, "blasphemeth," RV, for AV, "speaketh blasphemies."

There is no noun in the original representing the English "blasphemer." This is expressed either by the verb, or by the adjective blasphemos.
See DEFAME, RAIL, REPORT, REVILE.

C-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g989 Greek: blasphemos

Blaspheme, Blasphemy, Blasphemer, Blasphemous:

"abusive, speaking evil," is translated "blasphemous," in Act 6:11, 13; "a blasphemer," 1Ti 1:13; "railers," 2Ti 3:2, RV; "railing," 2Pe 2:11.
See RAIL.

Note: As to Christ's teaching concerning "blasphemy" against the Holy Spirit, e.g., Mat 12:32, that anyone, with the evidence of the Lord's power before His eyes, should declare it to be Satanic, exhibited a condition of heart beyond Divine illumination and therefore hopeless. Divine forgiveness would be inconsistent with the moral nature of God. As to the Son of Man, in his state of humiliation, there might be misunderstanding, but not so with the Holy Spirit's power demonstrated.

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