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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: g455 Greek: anoigo

Open, Opening:

is used

(1) transitively,

(a) literally, of "a door or gate," e.g., Act 5:19; graves, Mat 27:52; a sepulchre, Rom 3:13; a book, e.g., Luk 4:17 (some mss. have No. 4); Rev 5:2-5; 10:8; the seals of a roll, e.g., Rev 5:9; 6:1; the eyes, Act 9:40; the mouth of a fish, Mat 17:27; "the pit of the abyss," Rev 9:2, RV; heaven and the heavens, Mat 3:16; Luk 3:21; Act 10:11 (for Act 7:56, see No. 2); Rev 19:11; "the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven," Rev 15:5; by metonymy, for that which contained treasures, Mat 2:11;

(b) metaphorically, e.g., Mat 7:7, 8; 25:11; Rev 3:7; Hebraistically, "to open the mouth," of beginning to speak, e.g., Mat 5:2; 13:35; Act 8:32, 35; 10:34; 18:14; Rev 13:6 (cp., e.g., Num 22:28; Job 3:1; Isa 50:5); and of recovering speech, Luk 1:64; of the earth "opening," Rev 12:16; of the "opening" of the eyes, Act 26:18; the ears, Mar 7:35 (in the best mss.; some have No. 2);

(2) intransitively (perfect tense, Active, in the Greek),

(a) literally, of "the heaven," Jhn 1:51, RV, "opened;"

(b) metaphorically, of "speaking freely," 2Cr 6:11.

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g1272 Greek: dianoigo

Open, Opening:

"to open up completely" (dia, "through," intensive, and No. 1), is used

(a) literally, Luk 2:23; Act 7:56, in the best mss.;

(b) metaphorically, of the eyes, Mar 7:34; Luk 24:31; of the Scriptures, Luk 24:32; Act 17:3; of the mind, Luk 24:45, RV (AV, "understanding"); of the heart, Act 16:14.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g71 Greek: ago

Open, Opening:

"to lead," or "to keep or spend a day," is so used in Act 19:38: see KEEP, Note (2).

A-4 Verb Strong's Number: g380 Greek: anaptusso

Open, Opening:

"to unroll" (ana, "back," ptusso, "to roll"), is found in some mss. in Luk 4:17 (of the roll of Isaiah), and translated "He had opened" (AV); see No. 1.


(1) For Hbr 4:13, "laid open," RV (AV, "opened") see LAY, No. 18.

(2) In 2Cr 3:18, AV, anakalupto, "to unveil," is translated "open" (RV, "unveiled," which consistently continues the metaphor of the veil upon the heart of Israel).

(3) In Mar 1:10, AV, schizo, "to rend" or "split," is translated "opened," of the heavens, RV, "rent asunder," AV marg., "cloven, or, rent."

(4) For prodelos, in 1 Tim 5:24, AV, "open beforehand," see EVIDENT, A, No. 3.

(5) For "be opened" see EPHPHATHA.

(6) For "open (your hearts)," 2Cr 7:2, RV, see RECEIVE, No. 18.

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g457 Greek: anoixis

Open, Opening:

"an opening" (akin to A, No. 1), is used in Eph 6:19, metaphorically of the "opening" of the mouth as in A, No. 1 (2), (b).

B-2 Noun Strong's Number: g3692 Greek: ope

Open, Opening:

"an opening, a hole," is used in Jam 3:11, of the orifice of a fountain: see CAVE, HOLE, PLACE.


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