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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Certain, Certainty, Certainly, Certify

A — 1: ἀσφάλεια

(Strong's #803 — Noun Feminine — asphaleia — as-fal'-i-ah )

primarily, "not liable to fall, steadfast, firm," hence denoting "safety," Acts 5:23 , and 1 Thessalonians 5:3 , has the further meaning, "certainty," Luke 1:4 . See SAFETY.

B — 1: ἀσφαλής

(Strong's #804 — Adjective — asphales — as-fal-ace' )

safe, is translated "certainty," Acts 21:34; 22:30; "certain," Acts 25:26; "safe," Philippians 3:1; "sure," Hebrews 6:19 . See SAFE , SURE.

Notes: (1) Delos, "evident, visible," is translated "certain" in 1 Timothy 6:7 , AV. The most authentic mss. omit it.

(2) The rendering "certain," is frequently changed in the RV, or omitted, e.g., Luke 5:12; 8:22; Acts 23:17; Hebrews 2:6; 4:4 .

(3) The indefinite pronoun tis signifies "anyone, some one, a certain one;" the neuter, ti, "a certain thing," e.g., Matthew 20:20; Mark 14:51 .

(4) In the AV of Galatians 1:11 , gnorizo is rendered "certify," RV, "to make known."

(5) For "a certain island," Acts 27:16 , see the RV , "small island."

(6) In 1 Corinthians 4:11 , the verb astateo, "to be unsettled, to lead a homeless life," is rendered "we ... have no certain dwelling place." The unsettlement conveyed by the word has suggested the meaning "we are vagabonds" or "we lead a vagabond life," a probable significance.

C — 1: ὄντως

(Strong's #3689 — Adverb — ontos — on'-toce )

"really, actually, verily" (from eimi, "to be"), is translated "certainly" in Luke 23:47 . See CLEAN , INDEED , TRUTH , VERILY.

C — 2: πάντως

(Strong's #3843 — Adverb — pantos — pan'-toce )

see ALTOGETHER , B.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Certain, Certainty, Certainly, Certify'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/c/certain-certainty-certainly-certify.html. 1940.

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