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Dictionaries :: Gift, Giving

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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g1435 Greek: doron

Gift, Giving:

akin to didomi, "to give," is used

(a) of "gifts" presented as an expression of honor, Mat 2:11;

(b) of "gifts" for the support of the temple and the needs of the poor, Mat 15:5; Mar 7:11; Luk 21:1, 4;

(c) of "gifts" offered to God, Mat 5:23, 24; 8:4; 23:18, 19; Hbr 5:1; 8:3, 4; 9:9; 11:4;

(d) of salvation by grace as the "gift" of God, Eph 2:8;

(e) of "presents" for mutual celebration of an occasion, Rev 11:10.

2 Strong's Number: g1431 Greek: dorea

Gift, Giving:

denotes "a free gift," stressing its gratuitous character; it is always used in the NT of a spiritual or supernatural gift, Jhn 4:10; Act 8:20; 11:17; Rom 5:15; 2Cr 9:15; Eph 3:7; Hbr 6:4; in Eph 4:7, "according to the measure of the gift of Christ," the "gift" is that given by Christ; in Act 2:28, "the gift of the Holy Ghost," the clause is epexegetical, the "gift" being the Holy Ghost Himself; cp. Act 10:45; 11:17, and the phrase, "the gift of righteouness," Rom 5:17.

Note: For dorean, a form of this noun, used adverbially, see FREELY.

3 Strong's Number: g1434 Greek: dorema

Gift, Giving:


4 Strong's Number: g1390 Greek: doma

Gift, Giving:

lends greater stress to the concrete character of the "gift," than to its beneficent nature, Mat 7:11; Luk 11:13; Eph 4:8; Phl 4:17.

5 Strong's Number: g1394 Greek: dosis

Gift, Giving:

denotes, properly, "the act of giving," Phl 4:15, euphemistically referring to "gifts" as a matter of debt and credit accounts; then, objectively, "a gift," Jam 1:17 (1st mention; see BOON).

6 Strong's Number: g5486 Greek: charisma

Gift, Giving:

"a gift of grace, a gift involving grace" (charis) on the part of God as the donor, is used

(a) of His free bestowments upon sinners, Rom 5:15, 16; 6:23; 11:29;

(b) of His endowments upon believers by the operation of the Holy Spirit in the churches, Rom 12:6; 1Cr 1:7; 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6; 1Pe 4:10;

(c) of that which is imparted through human instruction, Rom 1:11;

(d) of the natural "gift" of continence, consequent upon the grace of God as Creator, 1Cr 7:7;

(e) of gracious deliverances granted in answer to the prayers of fellow believers, 2Cr 1:11.

Note: In the AV of 2Cr 8:4 charis, "grace," is translated "gift." The RV, "in regard of this grace," adheres to the true meaning, as in 2Cr 8:6.

7 Strong's Number: g3311 Greek: merismos

Gift, Giving:

"a dividing" (from meros, "a part"), is translated "gifts" in Hbr 2:4, "gifts of the Holy Ghost" (marg., "distributions"); in 4:12, "dividing."

Note: In the AV of Luk 21:5 anathema, "a votive offering," is translated "gifts" (RV, "offerings.")


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