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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Verb Strong's Number: g4137 Greek: pleroo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:


(1) "to fill" (see FILL);

(2) "to fulfill, complete,"

(a) of time, e.g., Mar 1:15; Luk 21:24; Jhn 7:8 (AV, "full come"); Act 7:23, RV, "he was well-nigh forty years old" (AV, "was full" etc.), lit., "the time of forty years was fulfilled to him;" Act 7:30, AV, "were expired;" Act 9:23; 24:27 (AV, "after two years;" RV, "when two years were fulfilled");

(b) of number, Rev 6:11;

(c) of good pleasure, 2Th 1:11;

(d) of joy, Phl 2:2; in the Passive Voice, "to be fulfilled," Jhn 3:29; 17:13; in the following the verb is rendered "fulfilled" in the RV, for the AV, "full," Jhn 15:11; 16:24; 1Jo 1:4; 2Jo 1:12;

(e) of obedience, 2Cr 10:6;

(f) of works, Rev 3:2;

(g) of the future Passover, Luk 22:16;

(h) of sayings, prophecies, etc., e.g., Mat 1:22 (twelve times in Matt., two in Mark, four in Luke, eight in John, two in Acts); Jam 2:23; in Col 1:25 the word signifies to preach "fully," to complete the ministry of the Gospel appointed.

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g378 Greek: anapleroo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

"to fill up, fill completely" (ana, "up, up to," and No. 1), is used

(a) of Isaiah's prophecy of Israel's rejection of God, fulfilled in the rejection of His Son, Mat 13:14;

(b) of the status of a person in a church, RV, "filleth the place," for AV, "occupieth the room," 1Cr 14:16;

(c) of an adequate supply of service, 1Cr 16:17, "supplied;" Phl 2:30, "to supply;"

(d) of sins, 1Th 2:16;

(e) of the law of Christ; Gal 6:2.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g5055 Greek: teleo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

"to end" (akin to telos, "an end"), signifies, among its various meanings, "to give effect to," and is translated "fulfill," of the Law, intentionally, Jam 2:8, or unconsciously, Rom 2:27; of the prophetic Scriptures concerning the death of Christ, Act 13:29; prohibitively, of the lust of the flesh, Gal 5:16.


(1) In regard to this word in Rev 15:1, 8, the RV, "finished," corrects the AV, "filled up," and "fulfilled," as the judgments there indicated finish the whole series of those consisting of the wrath of God; so in Rev 20:3, of the thousand years of the Millennium (cp. Rev 20:5, 7).

(2) In Rev 17:17, the RV has "should be accomplished," for AV, "shall be fulfilled."

(3) In Luk 22:37 the AV has "be accomplished" (RV, "be fulfilled").

A-4 Verb Strong's Number: g4931 Greek: sunteleo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

"to complete," is translated "fulfilled" in the AV of Mar 13:4 (RV, "accomplished").

A-5 Verb Strong's Number: g5048 Greek: teleioo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

"to bring to an end, fulfill," is rendered "to fulfill," of days. Luk 2:43; of the Scripture, Jhn 19:28.

A-6 Verb Strong's Number: g4135 Greek: plerophoreo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

"to bring in full measure," from pleroo (see No. 1), and phoreo, "to bring;" hence, "to fulfill," of circumstances relating to Christ, Luk 1:1, RV, "have been fulfilled" (AV "are most surely believed"); of evangelical ministry, 2Ti 4:5, "fulfill" (AV, "make full proof"); so in 2Ti 4:17, RV, "fully proclaimed" (AV, "fully known").

A-7 Verb Strong's Number: g1603 Greek: ekpleroo

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

a strengthened form of No. 1, occurs in Act 13:33.


(1) Poieo, "to do," is so rendered in the RV, for AV "fulfill," in Act 13:22; Eph 2:3; Rev 17:17 [for the end of this verse see Note (2) under teleo, above].

(2) Ginomai, "to become, to take place," is rendered "fulfilled" in the AV of Mat 5:18; 24:34; Luk 21:32, RV, "accomplished," in each place.

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g4138 Greek: pleroma

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

stands for the result of the action expressed in pleroo, "to fill." It is used to signify

(a) "that which has been completed, the complement, fullness," e.g., Jhn 1:16; Eph 1:23; some suggest that the "fullness" here points to the body as the filled receptacle of the power of Christ (words terminating in --ma are frequently concrete in character; cp. dikaioma in Rom 5:18, act of righteousness); in Mar 8:20 the rendering "basketfuls" (RV) represents the plural of this word, lit., "the fulnesses of (how many baskets);"

(b) "that which fills up," Mat 9:16; Mar 2:21 (see FILL);

(c) "a filling up, fulfillment," Rom 13:10, of the fulfilling of the Law.
See FULLNESS (below).

B-2 Noun Strong's Number: g5050 Greek: teleiosis

Fulfill, Fulfilling, Fulfillment:

a fulfillment, is so rendered in Luk 1:45, RV (AV, "performance").


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