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Strong's #956 - βέλος

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  1. a missile, dart, javelin, arrow
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Strong #: 2671 ‑ חֵץ (khayts);  5402 ‑ נֵשֶׁק (neh'‑shek, nay'‑shek);  7626 ‑ שֵׁבֶט (shay'‑bet);  7973 ‑ שֶׁלַח (sheh'‑lakh);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

βέλος, εος, τό,

1. missile, esp. arrow, dart, freq. in Hom.; of the piece of rock hurled by the Cyclops, τόντονδε βαλὼν β. Od. 9.495; of an ox's leg thrown by one of the suitors at Ulysses, 20.305; of a stool, 17.464; ὑπὲκ βελέων out of the reach of darts, out of shot, Il. 4.465; ἐκ βελέων 11.163; ἔξω βελῶν X. Cyr. 3.3.69, etc.; ἔξω βέλους Arr. An. 2.27.1, Luc. Hist.Conscr. 4; opp. ἐντὸς βέλους, D.S. 20.6, Arr. An. 1.2.5; εἴσω β. παρελθεῖν ib. 1.6.8.

2. used of any weapon, as a sword, Ar. Ach. 345, cf. S. Aj. 658; an axe, E. El. 1159; the sting of a scorpion, A. Fr. 169; of the gad-fly, Id. Supp. 556.

3. ἀγανὰ βέλεα of Apollo, Il. 24.759, Od. 3.280, and of Artemis, ib. 5.124, denote sudden, easy death of men and women respectively; βέλος ὀξύ, of Ilithyia, pangs of childbirth, Il. 11.269, cf. Theoc. 27.29.

4. after Hom. of anything swift-darting, Διὸς βέλη the bolts of Zeus, lightnings, Pi. N. 10.8, cf. Hdt. 4.79, etc.; Ζηνὸς ἄγρυπνον β. A. Pr. 360; πύρπνουν β. ib. 917; βέλεσι πυρπνόου ζάλης, of a storm, ib. 373; πάγων δύσομβρα β. S. Ant. 358: metaph., ὀμμάτων β. glance of the eye, A. Ag. 742; φίλοικτον β. a piteous glance, ib. 241 (lyr.); ἱμέρου β. the shaft of love, Id. Pr. 649; θυμοῦ βέλη S. OT 893 (s.v.l.); of arguments, πᾶν τετόξευται β. A. Eu. 679, cf. Pl. Phlb. 23b; β. τὰ ἀπὸ τοῦ στόματος, of invective, Lib. Or. 51.8; of mental anguish or fear, ἄτλατον β. Pi. N. 1.48 (v.l. δέος) ὁ φθόνος αὐτὸς ἑαυτὸν ἑοῖς βελέεσσι δαμάζει AP 10.111.

5. engine of war, Ph. Bel. 82.8: pl., artillery, ib. 97.10. (Cf. βάλλω, Lith. gélti 'sting', gçla'sharp pain', OHG. quelan 'feel sharp pain'. Root g[uglide]el- 'pierce', cf. δέλλιθες.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

βέλος, βελεος, τό (βάλλω), a missile, a dart, javelins, arrow: Ephesians 6:16. (From Homer down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* βελόνη , -ης ,

(< βέλος ),

1. a sharp point, as of a spear.

2. a needle: Luke 18:25 (Rec. ῥαφίς , q.v.).†

βέλος , -εος , τό

(< βάλλω ),

[in LXX chiefly for H2671;]

a missile, a dart: Ephesians 6:16.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this NT ἅπ . εἰρ . (Ephesians 6:16) cf. IG VII. 115.8 βέλος πικρὸν ἐνῆκε πλευραῖς . The word is claimed by van Herwerden as Ionic and poetic : one occurrence in Plato and one in Xenophon (the pioneer of the Κοινή ) are the only classical prose citations in LS8 . From inscrr. we may quote Syll 221.10 (B.C. 247–23) βέλη καὶ καταπάλτα [ς , ib. 522.87 (iii/B.C.) καταπάλτην . . . καὶ βέλη τριακόσια , ib. 803.67 (iii/B.C.) where it refers to a spear just mentioned. The first two passages suggest a special sense rather than the general : cf. Polybius xi. 11. 3 ζεύγη πλῆθος ὀργάνων καὶ βελῶν κομίζοντα καταπελτικῶν . The catapult would naturally be used if missiles wrapped with blazing tow were to be hurled, and this would suit τὰ βέλη τὰ πεπυρωμένα in Eph l. c. A late letter, PSI III. 238.9 (vi/vii A.D.), mentions one Zenobius as a maker of munitions, βελοποιός .



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List of Word Forms
βέλεσι βέλεσιν βελη βέλη βελονης βελόνης βέλος βελοστάσεις βελοστάσεων βέλους βελών bele belē béle bélē belones belonēs belónes belónēs