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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Sow, Sower

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1: σπείρω

(Strong's #4687 — Verb — speiro — spi'-ro )

"to sow seed," is used (1) literally, especially in the Synoptic Gospels; elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 15:36,37; 2 Corinthians 9:10 , "the sower;" (2) metaphorically, (a) in proverbial sayings, e.g., Matthew 13:3,4; Luke 19:21,22; John 4:37; 2 Corinthians 9:6 (b) in the interpretation of parables, e.g., Matthew 13:19-23 (in these vv., RV, "was sown," for AV, "received seed"); (c) otherwise as follows: of "sowing" spiritual things in preaching and teaching, 1 Corinthians 9:11; of the interment of the bodies of deceased believers, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; of ministering to the necessities of others in things temporal (the harvest being proportionate to the "sowing"), 2 Corinthians 9:6,10 (see above); of "sowing" to the flesh, Galatians 6:7,8 ("that" in ver. 7 is emphatic, "that and that only," what was actually "sown"); in ver. 8, eis, "unto," signifies "in the interests of;" of the "fruit of righteousness" by peacemakers, James 3:18 .

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Sow, Sower'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/s/sow-sower.html. 1940.

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