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Dictionaries :: Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless

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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g3874 Greek: paraklesis

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

means "a calling to one's side" (para, "beside," kaleo, "to call"); hence, either "an exhortation, or consolation, comfort," e.g., Luk 2:25 (here "looking for the consolation of Israel" is equivalent to waiting for the coming of the Messiah); Luk 6:24; Act 9:31; Rom 15:4, 5; 1Cr 14:3, "exhortation;" 2Cr 1:3-7; 7:4, 7, 13; 2Th 2:16; Phm 1:7. In 2Th 2:16 it combines encouragement with alleviation of grief. The RV changes "consolation" into "comfort," except in Luk 2:25; 6:24; Act 15:31; in Hbr 6:18, "encouragement;" in Act 4:36, "exhortation." RV (AV, consolation").

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g3889 Greek: paramuthia

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

primarily "a speaking closely to anyone" (para, "near," muthos, "speech"), hence denotes "consolation, comfort," with a greater degree of tenderness than No. 1, 1Cr 14:3.

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g3890 Greek: paramuthion

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

has the same meaning as No. 2, the difference being that paramuthia stresses the process or progress of the act, paramuthion the instrument as used by the agent, Phl 2:1.

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g3931 Greek: paregoria

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

primarily "an addressing, address," hence denotes "a soothing, solace," Col 4:11. A verbal form of the word signifies medicines which allay irritation (Eng., "paregoric").

A-5 Noun Strong's Number: g3875 Greek: parakletos

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

lit., "called to one's side," i.e., to one's aid is primarily a verbal adjective, and suggests the capability or adaptability for giving aid. It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defense, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another's cause, an intercessor, advocate, as in 1Jo 2:1, of the Lord Jesus. In the widest sense, it signifies a "succorer, comforter." Christ was this to His disciples, by the implication of His word "another (allos, "another of the same sort," not heteros, "different") Comforter," when speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jhn 14:16. In Jhn 14:26; 15:26; 16:7 He calls Him "the Comforter." "Comforter" or "Consoler" corresponds to the name "Menahem," given by the Hebrews to the Messiah.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g3870 Greek: parakaleo

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

has the same variety of meanings as Noun, No. 1, above, e.g., Mat 2:18; 1Th 3:2, 7; 4:18. In 2Cr 13:11, it signifies "to be comforted" (so the RV).

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4837 Greek: sumparakaleo

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

sun, "with," and No. 1, signifies "to comfort together," Rom 1:12.

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g3888 Greek: paramutheomai

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

akin to Noun No. 2, "to soothe, console, encourage," is translated, in Jhn 11:31, "comforted;" in Jhn 11:19, RV, "encourage," as the sense there is that of stimulating to the earnest discharge of duties.

B-4 Verb Strong's Number: g2174 Greek: eupsucheo

Comfort, Comforter, Comfortless:

signifies "to be of good comfort" (eu, "well," psuche, "the soul"), Phl 2:19.


(1) For the verb tharseo, "be of good comfort, see CHEER, No. 2.

(2) Orphanos is rendered "comfortless" in Jhn 14:18, AV; RV, "desolate."


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