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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: End, Ending

Dictionaries :: End, Ending

Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g5056 Greek: telos

End, Ending:


(a) "the limit," either at which a person or thing ceases to be what he or it was up to that point, or at which previous activities were ceased, 2Cr 3:13; 1Pe 4:7;

(b) "the final issue or result" of a state or process, e.g., Luk 1:33; in Rom 10:4, Christ is described as "the end of the Law unto righteousness to everyone that believeth;" this is best explained by Gal 3:23-26; cp. Jam 5:11; the following more especially point to the issue or fate of a thing, Mat 26:58; Rom 6:21; 2Cr 11:15; Phl 3:19; Hbr 6:8; 1Pe 1:9;

(c) "a fulfillment," Luk 22:37, AV, "(have) an end;"

(d) "the utmost degree" of an act, as of the love of Christ towards His disciples, Jhn 13:1;

(e) "the aim or purpose" of a thing, 1Ti 1:5;

(f) "the last" in a succession or series Rev 1:8 (AV, only, "ending"); 21:6; 22:13.

Note: The following phrases contain telos (the word itself coming under one or other of the above): eis telos, "unto the end," e.g., Mat 10:22; 24:13; Luk 18:5, "continual;" Jhn 13:1 (see above); 2Cr 3:13, "on the end" (RV); heos telous, "unto the end," 1Cr 1:8; 2Cr 1:13; achri telous, "even to the end" (a stronger expression than the preceding); Hbr 6:11; Rev 2:26 (where "even" might well have been added); mechri telous, with much the same meaning as achri telous, Hbr 3:6,14.
See other expressions in the Notes after C.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g4930 Greek: sunteleia

End, Ending:

signifies "a bringing to completion together" (sun "with," teleo, "to complete," akin to No. 1), marking the "completion" or consummation of the various parts of a scheme. In Mat 13:39, 40, 49; 24:3; 28:20, the rendering "the end of the world" (AV and RV, text) is misleading; the RV marg., "the consummation of the age," is correct. The word does not denote a termination, but the heading up of events to the appointed climax. Aion is not the world, but a period or epoch or era in which events take place. In Hbr 9:26, the word translated "world" (AV) is in the plural, and the phrase is "the consummation of the ages." It was at the heading up of all the various epochs appointed by Divine counsels that Christ was manifested (i.e., in His Incarnation) "to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself."

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g4009 Greek: peras

End, Ending:

"a limit, boundary" (from pera, "beyond"), is used

(a) of space, chiefly in the plural, Mat 12:42, RV, "ends," for AV, "uttermost parts;" so Luk 11:31 (AV, "utmost"); Rom 10:18 (AV and RV, "ends");

(b) of the termination of something occurring in a period, Hbr 6:16, RV, "final," for AV, "an end," said of strife.

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g1545 Greek: ekbasis

End, Ending:

denotes "a way out" (ek, "out," baino, "to go"), 1Cr 10:13, "way of escape;" or an issue, Hbr 13:7 (AV, "end," RV, "issue").

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g5055 Greek: teleo

End, Ending:

"to complete, finish, bring to an end," is translated "had made an end," in Mat 11:1.

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4931 Greek: sunteleo

End, Ending:

cp. A, No. 2, signifies

(a) "to bring to an end, finish completely" (sun, "together," imparting a perfective significance to teleo), Mat 7:28 (in some mss.); Luk 4:2, 13; Act 21:27, RV, "completed;"

(b) "to bring to fulfillment," Mar 13:4; Rom 9:28;

(c) "to effect, make," Hbr 8:8. See FINISH, FULFILL, MAKE.

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g4137 Greek: pleroo

End, Ending:

(a) "to fill,"

(b) "to fulfill, complete, end," is translated "had ended" in Luk 7:1; "were ended" (Passive) in Act 19:21.

Note: In Jhn 13:2, the verb ginomai, there signifying "to be in progress," and used in the present participle, is translated "during supper" (RV). A less authentic reading, is genomenou, "being ended" (AV).

C-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g2078 Greek: eschatos

End, Ending:

"last, utmost, extreme," is used as a noun

(a) of time, rendered "end" in Hbr 1:2, RV, "at the end of these days," i.e., at the "end" of the period under the Law, for AV, "in these last days;" so in 1Pe 1:20, "at the end of the times." In 2Pe 2:20, the plural, ta eschata, lit., "the last things," is rendered "the latter end," AV, (RV, "the last state"); the same phrase is used in Mat 12:45; Luk 11:26;

(b) of place, Act 13:47, AV, "ends (of the earth)," RV, "uttermost part.


(1) In Mat 28:1, opse, "late (in the evening)," is rendered "in the end (of)," AV, RV, "late (on)."

(2) In 1Pe 1:13, teleios, "perfectly," RV, is rendered "to the end," in AV.

(3) The phrase eis touto, lit., "unto this," signifies "to this end," Jhn 18:37, RV (twice; AV, "for this cause," in the second clause); so Mar 1:38; Act 26:16; Rom 14:9; Rom 14:9; 2Cr 2:9; 1Ti 4:10 (AV, "therefore"); 1Pe 4:6; 1Jo 3:8 (AV, "for this purpose").

(4) Eis, "unto," followed by the article and the infinitive mood of a verb, signifies "to the end that... " marking the aim of an action, Act 7:19; Rom 1:11; 4:16, 18; Eph 1:12; 1Th 3:13; 2Th 1:5; 2:2, 6; 1Pe 3:7. In Luk 18:1, pros, "to," has the same construction and meaning.

(5) The conjunction hina, "in order that," is sometimes rendered "to the end that," Eph 3:17; 2Th 3:14; Tts 3:8.

(6) In Mat 24:31, the prepositions apo, "from," and heos, "unto," are used with the plural of akros, "highest, extreme," signifying "from one end... to the other," lit., "from extremities... to extremities."


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