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fûrst ( אחד , 'eḥādh , ראשׁון , ri'shōn ; πρῶτον , prōton , τὸ πρῶτον , tó prō̇ton , πρῶτος , prō̇tos ): Of these words, which are those most frequently used for "first," ri'shōn is from rōsh , "the head, and is used for the highest, chief, etc.; also of time, the beginning, e.g. Genesis 8:13 , in the first month"; in Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 48:12 , it is used of Yahweh as Eternal and solely Supreme - the First and the Last (compare Isaiah 41:4 ). Special usages are in connection with "firstborn," "first-fruit," etc.; prōton is used of that which is first in order; but also of that which is first or chief in importance, etc. (Matthew 6:33; James 3:17 ). In 1 Timothy 1:15 , Paul says Jesus came "to save sinners; of whom I am chief," literally, "first"; the same word is used by Jesus of the "first" of the commandments (Mark 12:29 ); where we read in 1 Corinthians 15:3 , "I delivered unto you first of all," it is en prō̇tois ("in the foremost place"); "The first and the last" is applied to Christ as Eternal and Supreme (Revelation 1:17; Revelation 2:8; Revelation 22:13 ); prōtos is "the first day" (Matthew 26:17; Mark 16:9 ); in Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1 , John 20:19; Acts 20:7 , it is mı́a ("one").

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'First'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​f/first.html. 1915.
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