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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2595 - κάρφος
- a dry stalk or twig, a straw
κάρφος, εος, τό,
I any small dry body, esp. dry stalk, as of the dry sticks of cinnamon, Hdt. 3.111; of rice-straw, Polyaen. 4.3.32, cf. Luc. Herm. 33: generally, in pl., dry twigs, chips, straws, bits of wool, such as birds make their nests of, Ar. Av. 643, Sophr. 32, Arist. HA 612b23, AP 10.14 (Agath.): collectivelyin sg., A. Fr. 24, Arist. HA 560b8, Ath. 5.187c: in sg., chip of wood, Ar. V. 249; toothpick, Alciphr. 1.22: prov., κινοῦσα μηδὲ κ. 'not stirring an inch', Ar. Lys. 474, cf. Herod. 3.67; οὐδὲ κ. ἐβλάβη Epigr.Gr. 980.9 (Philae); ἀπὸ τῆς κύλικος κάρφος τῷ μικρῷ δακτύλῳ ἀφαιρετεῖν Ion Hist.1.
II = Lat. festuca, Plu. 2.550b.
III a small piece of wood on which the watchword was written, Plb. 6.36.3. in pl., ripe fruit, Nic. Al. 230, 491, Th. 893, 941. = τῆλις, Dsc. 2.102. (σκάρφος is v.l. (perh.right) in A.l.c., Plb.l.c.: perh. cogn. with Engl. sharp.)
κάρφος , -εος (-ους ) τό ,
[in LXX: Genesis 8:11 (H2963) *;]
a small dry stalk, a twig; metaph., of a minor fault: Matthew 7:3-5, Luke 6:41-42.†
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κάρφος is found in a sepulchral epitaph Kaibel 980.9 where it is said of the pious man (ὁ εὐσεβής)—οὐδὲ κάρφος ἐβλάβη, ";he was not a whit injured"; (cf. LS s.v.) : see Matthew 7:3, where all our English versions from Wychlife down to RV adopt the translation ";mote"; = ";a very small particle."; The Old Lat. has stipula, and the Vulg. festuca : cf. Hesych. κάρφος · ἄχυρον, χόρτος. κεραία ξύλου λεπτή.
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