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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g5463 Greek: chairo


"to rejoice," is most frequently so translated. As to this verb, the following are grounds and occasions for "rejoicing," on the part of believers: in the Lord, Phl 3:1; 4:4; His Incarnation, Luk 1:14; His power, Luk 13:17; His presence with the Father, Jhn 14:28; His presence with them, Jhn 16:22; 20:20; His ultimate triumph, Jhn 8:56; hearing the gospel, Act 13:48; their salvation, Act 8:39; receiving the Lord, Luk 19:6; their enrollment in Heaven, Luk 10:20; their liberty in Christ, Act 15:31; their hope, Rom 12:12 (cp. Rom 5:2; Rev 19:7); their prospect of reward, Mat 5:12; the obedience and godly conduct of fellow-believers, Rom 16:19, RV, "I rejoice" (AV, "I am glad"); 2Cr 7:7, 9; 13:9; Col 2:5; 1Th 3:9; 2Jo 1:4; 3Jo 1:3; the proclamation of Christ, Phl 1:18; the gospel harvest, Jhn 4:36; suffering with Christ, Act 5:41; 1Pe 4:13; suffering in the cause of the gospel, 2Cr 13:9 (1st part); Phl 2:17 (1st part); Col 1:24; in persecutions, trials and afflictions, Mat 5:12; Luk 6:23; 2Cr 6:10; the manifestation of grace, Act 11:23; meeting with fellow believers, 1Cr 16:17, RV, "I rejoice;" Phl 2:28; receiving tokens of love and fellowship, Phl 4:10; the "rejoicing" of others, Rom 12:15; 2Cr 7:13; learning of the well-being of others, 2Cr 7:16.

2 Strong's Number: g4796 Greek: sunchairo


"to rejoice with" (sun, and No. 1), is used of "rejoicing" together in the recovery of what was lost, Luk 15:6, 9; in suffering in the cause of the gospel, Phl 2:17 (2nd part), 18; in the joy of another, Luk 1:58; in the honor of fellow believers, 1Cr 12:26; in the triumph of the truth, 1Cr 13:6, RV, "rejoiceth with."

3 Strong's Number: g21 Greek: agalliao


"to rejoice greatly, to exult," is used,

(I) in the Active Voice, of "rejoicing" in God, Luk 1:47; in faith in Christ, 1Pe 1:8, RV (Middle Voice in some mss.), "ye rejoice greatly;" in the event of the marriage of the Lamb, Rev 19:7, "be exceeding glad," RV;

(II) in the Middle Voice,

(a) of "rejoicing" in persecutions, Mat 5:12 (2nd part); in the light of testimony for God, Jhn 5:35; in salvation received through the gospel, Act 16:34, "he rejoiced greatly," RV; in salvation ready to be revealed, 1Pe 1:6; at the revelation of His glory, 1Pe 4:13, "with exceeding joy," lit., "ye may rejoice (see No. 1) exulting;"

(b) of Christ's "rejoicing" (greatly) "in the Holy Spirit," Luk 10:21, RV; said of His praise, as foretold in Psa 16:9, quoted in Act 2:26 (which follows the Sept., "My tongue");

(c) of Abraham's "rejoicing," by faith, to see Christ's day, Jhn 8:56.

4 Strong's Number: g2165 Greek: euphraino


in the Active Voice, "to cheer, gladden" (eu, "well," phren, "the mind"), signifies in the Passive Voice "to rejoice, make merry;" it is translated "to rejoice" in Act 2:26, RV, "was glad," AV, "did... rejoice," of the heart of Christ as foretold in Psa 16:9 [cp. No. 3, II (b)]; in Act 7:41, of Israel's idolatry; in Rom 15:10 (quoted from the Sept. of Deu 32:43, where it is a command to the Gentiles to "rejoice" with the Jews in their future deliverance by Christ from all their foes, at the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom) the Apostle applies it to the effects of the gospel; in Gal 4:27 (touching the barrenness of Sarah as referred to in Isa 54:1, and there pointing to the ultimate restoration of Israel to God's favor, cp. Isa 51:2), the word is applied to the effects of the gospel, in that the progeny of grace would greatly exceed the number of those who had acknowledged allegiance to the Law; grace and faith are fruitful, law and works are barren as a means of salvation; in Rev 12:12, it is used in a call to the heavens to "rejoice" at the casting out of Satan and the inauguration of the Kingdom of God in manifestation and the authority of His Christ; in Rev 18:20, of a call to heaven, saints, apostles, prophets, to "rejoice" in the destruction of Babylon.
See GLAD, No. 3, MERRY, No. 1.

5 Strong's Number: g2744 Greek: kauchaomai


"to boast, to glory," is rendered "to rejoice,"

(a) Rom 5:2, in hope of the glory of God;

(b) Rom 5:3, RV (AV "glory"), in tribulation;

(c) Rom 5:11, RV (AV, "we joy"), in God;

(d) Phl 3:3, RV, "glory" (AV, "rejoice") in Christ Jesus;

(e) Jam 1:9 (RV, "glory," AV, "rejoice"), the brother of low degree in his high estate; the rich brother in being made low;

(f) Jam 4:16, of evil glorying.
See GLORY (to boast).


(1) In Jam 2:13, AV, katakauchaomai, "to glory, boast against," is translated "rejoiceth against" (RV, "glorieth against").
See GLORY (to boast), A, No. 2.

(2) The nouns kauchema, kauchesis, signifying "glorying, boasting," are always so rendered in the RV, where the AV has "rejoicing," the former in 2Cr 1:14; Gal 6:4; Phl 1:26; 2:16; Hbr 3:6; the latter in 1Cr 15:31; 2Cr 1:12; 1Th 2:19; Jam 4:16.
See GLORY, B, Nos. 1 and 2.


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