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Dictionaries :: Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter

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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: g2059 Greek: hermeneuo

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:

(cp. Hermes, the Greek name of the pagan god Mercury, who was regarded as the messenger of the gods), denotes "to explain, interpret" (Eng., "hermeneutics"), and is used of explaining the meaning of words in a different language, Jhn 1:38 (in some mss.), see No. 3; Jhn 9:7 ("Siloam," interpreted as "sent"); Hbr 7:2 (Melchizedec, "by interpretation," lit., "being interpreted," King of righteousness).

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g1329 Greek: diermeneuo

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:

a strengthened form of No. 1 (dia, "through," used intensively), signifies "to interpret fully, to explain." In Luk 24:27, it is used of Christ in interpreting to the two on the way to Emmaus "in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself," RV, "interpreted" (AV, "expounded"); in Act 9:36, it is rendered "is by interpretation," lit., "being interpreted" (of Tabitha, as meaning Dorcas); in 1Cr 12:30; 14:5, 13, 27, it is used with reference to the temporary gift of tongues in the churches; this gift was inferior in character to that of prophesying unless he who spoke in a "tongue" interpreted his words, 1Cr 14:5; he was, indeed, to pray that he might interpret, 1Cr 14:13; only two, or at the most three, were to use the gift in a gathering, and that "in turn" (RV); one was to interpret; in the absence of an interpreter, the gift was not to be exercised, 1Cr 14:27.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g3177 Greek: methermeneuo

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:

"to change or translate from one language to another (meta, implying change, and No. 1), to interpret," is always used in the Passive Voice in the NT, "being interpreted," of interpreting the names, Immanuel, Mat 1:23; Golgotha, Mar 15:22; Barnabas, Act 4:36; in Act 13:8, of Elymas, the verb is rendered "is... by interpretation," lit., "is interpreted;" it is used of interpreting or translating sentences in Mar 5:41; 15:34; in the best mss., Jhn 1:38 (Rabbi, interpreted as "Master"); Jhn 1:41 (Messiah, interpreted as "Christ"); see No. 1.

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g2058 Greek: hermeneia or -ia

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:


akin to A, No. 1, is used in 1Cr 12:10; 14:26 (see A, No. 2).

B-2 Noun Strong's Number: g1955 Greek: epilusis

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:

from epiluo, "to loose, solve, explain," denotes "a solution, explanation," lit., "a release" (epi, "up," luo, "to loose"), 2Pe 1:20, "(of private) interpretation;" i.e., the writers of Scripture did not put their own construction upon the "God-breathed" words they wrote.

Note: For "hard of interpretation," Hbr 5:11, RV, see UTTER, Note (1).

B-3 Noun Strong's Number: g1328 Greek: diermeneutes

Interpret, Interpretation, Interpreter:


lit., "a thorough interpreter" (cp. A, No. 2), is used in 1Cr 14:28 (some mss. have hermeneutes).


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