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Strong's #263 - ἀμάραντος

from (G1) (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of (G3133)
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  1. not fading away, unfading, perennial (See 262)
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KJV (1)
1 Peter 1
NAS (2)
1 Peter 2
HCS (1)
1 Peter 1
BSB (1)
1 Peter 1
ESV (1)
1 Peter 1
WEB (1)
1 Peter 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀμάραντος [ ᾰμᾰ], ον, (μαραίνω)

I unfading, λειμών Luc. Dom. 9: metaph., σοφία LXX Wi. 6.12; κληρονομία 1 Peter 1:4, cf. CIG 2942c (Tralles); πνεῦμα prob. in IPE 2.286 (Panticapaeum): neut. pl. as Adv., Philostr. Im. 1.9.

II Subst. ἀμάραντον, τό (but in Lat. amarantus), never-fading flower, IG 14.607e (Carales), Poll. 1.229; = ἑλίχρυσον, Dsc. 4.57; = κενταύρειον μικρόν, Ps.- Dsc. 3.7; = χρυσοκόμη. Id. 4.55.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀμάραντος, (from μαραίνω; cf. ἀμίαντος, ἄφαντος, etc.), not fading away, unfading, perennial; Vulg. immarcescibilis: (hence, the name of the flower (Dioscorides (?) 4, 57, others); see ἀμαράντινος): 1 Peter 1:4. Found elsewhere only in Wis. 6:13; (ζωή ἀμάραντος Sibylline 8, 411; Boeckh, Corp. Inscriptions ii., p. 1124, no. 2942 c, 4; Lucian, Dom. c. 9).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

**† ἀμάραντος , -ον

(< μαραίνομαι ),

[in LXX: Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 (σοφία )*;]

unfading (whence ὁ ἀ ., the amaranth, an unfading flower): 1 Peter 1:4 (cf. MM, VGT, s.v.).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

With the use of this adjective in 1 Peter 1:4 κληρονομίαν . . . ἀμάραντον may be compared a passage in the Apocalypse of Peter 5, καὶ ὁ κύριος ἔδειξέ μοι . . . τὴν γῆν αὐτὴν ἀνθοῦσαν ἀμαράντοις ἂνθεσι . See also a poem engraved on a sepulchral monument erected by Euergetes II. (B.C. 145–16), in honour of his wife Aphrodisia, where the following words occur, μένοιτ᾽ ἐπὶ γῆς ἀμάραντοι , ὅσσον ἐγὼ ναίωι δώματα Φερσεφόνης (Archiv i. 220). Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 reinforces this rare Petrine word (cf. ἀμαράντινος Wisdom of Solomon 5:4) : for its outside record see Thayer, who quotes CIG II. 2942 (c).4, a iii/iv A.D. inscription on a gladiator’s tomb, ending ἔσχ [α ] τέ [λος ] βιότον χερσὶν φονίαις ἀμάραντο [ν ]. It is a proper name in P Ryl II. 16630 (A.D. 26) Γάιος Ἰούλιος Ἀμαρ [ ]ντου .



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List of Word Forms
αμαραντον αμάραντον ἀμάραντον amaranton amáranton