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Dictionaries :: Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g4431 Greek: ptosis

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"a fall" (akin to B, No. 1), is used

(a) literally, of the "overthrow of a building," Mat 7:27;

(b) metaphorically, Luk 2:34, of the spiritual "fall" of those in Israel who would reject Christ; the word "again" in the AV of the next clause is misleading; the "rising up" (RV) refers to those who would acknowledge and receive Him, a distinct class from those to whom the "fall" applies. The "fall" would be irretrievable, cp. (a); such a lapse as Peter's is not in view.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g3900 Greek: paraptoma

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

primarily "a false step, a blunder" (para, "aside," pipto, "to fall"), then "a lapse from uprightness, a sin, a moral trespass, misdeed," is translated "fall" in Rom 11:11, 12, of the sin and "downfall" of Israel in their refusal to acknowledge God's claims and His Christ; by reason of this the offer of salvation was made to Gentiles; cp. ptaio, "to stumble," in ver. 11.

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g646 Greek: apostasia

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"a defection, revolt, apostasy," is used in the NT of religious apostasy; in Act 21:21, it is translated "to forsake," lit., "thou teachest apostasy from Moses." In 2Th 2:3 "the falling away" signifies apostasy from the faith. In papyri documents it is used politically of rebels.

Note: For "mighty fall," Rev 18:21, RV, see VIOLENCE.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g4098 Greek: pipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall," is used

(a) of descent, to "fall" down from, e.g., Mat 10:29; 13:4;

(b) of a lot, Act 1:26;

(c) of "falling" under judgment, Jam 5:12 (cp. Rev 18:2, RV);

(d) of persons in the act of prostration, to prostrate oneself, e.g., Mat 17:6; Jhn 18:6; Rev 1:17; in homage and workship, e.g., Mat 2:11; Mar 5:22; Rev 5:14; 19:4;

(e) of things, "falling" into ruin, or failing, e.g., Mat 7:25; Luk 16:17, RV, "fall," for AV, "fail;" Hbr 11:30;

(f) of "falling" in judgement upon persons, as of the sun's heat, Rev 7:16, RV, "strike," AV, "light;" of a mist and darkness, Act 13:11 (some mss. have epipipto);

(g) of persons, in "falling" morally or spiritually, Rom 14:4; 1Cr 10:8, 12; Rev 2:5 (some mss. have No. 3 here).

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g634 Greek: apopipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall from" (apo, "from"), is used in Act 9:18, of the scales which "fell" from the eyes of Saul of Tarsus.

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g1601 Greek: ekpipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall out of" (ek, "out," and No. 1), "is used in the NT, literally, of flowers that wither in the course of nature, Jam 1:11; 1Pe 1:24; of a ship not under control, Act 27:17, 26, 29, 32; of shackles loosed from a prisoner's wrist, Act 12:7; figuratively, of the Word of God (the expression of His purpose), which cannot "fall" away from the end to which it is set, Rom 9:6; of the believer who is warned lest he "fall" away from the course in which he has been confirmed by the Word of God, 2Pe 3:17." * [* From Notes on Galatians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 242.] So of those who seek to be justified by law, Gal 5:4, "ye are fallen away from grace." Some mss. have this verb in Mar 13:25, for No. 1; so in Rev 2:5.

B-4 Verb Strong's Number: g1706 Greek: empipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall into, or among" (en, "in," and No. 1), is used

(a) literally, Mat 12:11; Luk 6:39 (some mss. have No. 1 here); 10:36; some mss. have it in Luk 14:5;

(b) metaphorically, into condemnation, 1Ti 3:6; reproach, 1Ti 3:7; temptation and snare, 1Ti 6:9; the hands of God in judgment, Hbr 10:31.

B-5 Verb Strong's Number: g1968 Greek: epipipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall upon" (epi, "upon," and No. 1), is used

(a) literally, Mar 3:10, "pressed upon;" Act 20:10, 37;

(b) metaphorically, of fear, Luk 1:12; Act 19:17; Rev 11:11 (No. 1, in some mss.); reproaches, Rom 15:3; of the Holy Spirit, Act 8:16; 10:44; 11:15.

Note: Some mss. have this verb in Jhn 13:25; Act 10:10; 13:11.

B-6 Verb Strong's Number: g2667 Greek: katapipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall down" (kata, "down," and No. 1), is used in Luk 8:6 (in the best mss.); Act 26:14; 28:6.

B-7 Verb Strong's Number: g3895 Greek: parapipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

akin to A, No. 2, properly, "to fall in one's way" (para, "by"), signifies "to fall away" (from adherence to the realities and facts of the faith), Hbr 6:6.

B-8 Verb Strong's Number: g4045 Greek: peripipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall around" (peri, "around"), hence signifies to "fall" in with, or among, to light upon, come across, Luk 10:30, "among (robbers);" Act 27:41, AV, "falling into," RV, "lighting upon," a part of a shore; Jam 1:2, into temptation (i.e., trials).
See LIGHT (to light upon). In the Sept., Rth 2:3; 2Sa 1:6; Pro 11:5.

B-9 Verb Strong's Number: g4363 Greek: prospipto

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to fall towards anything" (pros, "towards"), "to strike against," is said of "wind," Mat 7:25; it also signifies to "fall" down at one's feet, "fall" prostrate before, Mar 3:11; 5:33; 7:25; Luk 5:8; 8:28, 47; Act 16:29.

B-10 Verb Strong's Number: g5302 Greek: hustereo

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to come late, to be last, behind, inferior," is translated "falleth short" in Hbr 12:15, RV, for AV, "fail," and "fall short" in Rom 3:23, for AV, "come short," which, in view of the preceding "have," is ambiguous, and might be taken as a past tense.

B-11 Verb Strong's Number: g1911 Greek: epiballo

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to cast upon" (epi, "on," ballo, "to throw"), also signifies to "fall" to one's share, Luk 15:12, "that falleth." The phrase is frequently found in the papyri documents as a technical formula.
See CAST, A, No. 7.

B-12 Verb Strong's Number: g2064 Greek: erchomai

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to come," is translated "have fallen out," in Phl 1:12, of the issue of circumstances.

B-13 Verb Strong's Number: g1096 Greek: ginomai

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to become," is translated "falling" (headlong) in Act 1:18. See Note (1) below.

B-14 Verb Strong's Number: g868 Greek: aphistemi

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

when used intransitively, signifies "to stand off" (apo, "from," histemi, "to stand"), "to withdraw from;" hence, "to fall away, to apostatize," 1Ti 4:1, RV, "shall fall away," for AV, "shall depart;" Hbr 3:12, RV, "falling away."
See DEPART, No. 20.

B-15 Verb Strong's Number: g3845 Greek: parabaino

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

"to transgress, fall" (para, "away, across," baino, "to go"), is translated "fell away" in Act 1:25, RV, for AV, "by transgression fell."

B-16 Verb Strong's Number: g2597 Greek: katabaino

Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell:

denotes "to come (or fall) down," Luk 22:44; in Rev 16:21, "cometh down," RV.


(1) In Rev 16:2, ginomai, "to become," is translated "it became," RV, for AV, "there fell."

(2) In 2Pe 1:10, ptaio, "to stumble," is translated "stumble," RV, for AV, "fall."

(3) In Rom 14:13, skandalon, "a snare, a means of doing wrong," is rendered "an occasion of falling," RV, for AV "an occasion to fall."

(4) Koimao, in the Middle Voice, signifies "to fall asleep," Mat 27:52, RV, "had fallen asleep," for AV, "slept."

(5) In Act 27:34, apollumi, "to perish," is translated "shall... perish," RV, for AV, "shall... fall."

(6) In Jud 1:24 the adjective aptaistos, "without stumbling, sure footed" (a, negative, and ptaio, "to stumble"), is translated "from stumbling," RV, for AV, "from falling."

(7) In Act 1:18 the phrase prenes, headlong, with the aorist participle of ginomai, "to become," "falling headlong." lit., "having become headlong," is used of the suicide of Judas Iscariot. Some would render the word (it is a medical term) "swollen," (as connected with a form of the verb pimpremi, "to burn"), indicating the condition of the body of certain suicides.

(8) In Act 20:9, AV, kataphero, "to bear down," is translated "being fallen into" (RV, "borne down"), and then "he sunk down" (RV, ditto), the first of gradual oppression, the second (the aorist tense) of momentary effect.

(9) In Act 19:35 diopetes, from dios, "heaven," pipto, "to fall," i.e., "fallen" from the sky, is rendered "image which fell down from Jupiter" (RV marg., "heaven").

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