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Faith Filled Friday: More Unusual Words in the Bible

June 17, 2022

6/17/22 by Connie Terpack

We’ve been studying the book of Romans so I thought I’d share some of the fascinating and unusual words and phrases I found. Some of them I picked because the definition my Bible had was not what I expected.

Godhead: Romans 1:20 – It means deity or divine nature and refers to God’s essential nature. The other verses which use the word Godhead are Acts 17:29 and Colossians 2:9.

Maketh not ashamed: Romans 5:5 – This means not to disappoint or deceive. Proverbs 12:4 uses this phrase slightly different.

Reckon: Romans 6:11 – This means (1) “calculate,” i.e., by adding up the facts presented in verses 1-10 and then acting accordingly; (2) consider or regard in a specified way.

Concupiscence: Romans 7:7 – It is also used in verse 8 and they both mean lust. It means desire when used in Colossians 3:5. This word is also used in 1 Thessalonians. In Christianity, particularly in Roman Catholic and Lutheran theology, concupiscence is the tendency of humans to sin.

Mortify: Romans 8:13 – means to put to death; i.e., separated from the deeds of the body. The explanation given in Colossians 3:5 for mortify is almost exactly the same. It has put to death; i.e., separate yourselves from the deeds of the old nature. Those two verses are the only ones where the word mortify is used in my Bible.

If so be: Romans 8:9 – means since

God forbid: Romans 11:1 – equals By no means!

Gainsaying: Romans 10:21 – equals obstinate; I thought gainsaying meant gossiping.

Dissimulation: Romans 12:9 – means hypocrisy; better would be to let love be genuine. It is also used in Galatians 2:13 and the note with that verse defines it as hypocrisy or pretense.

Fervent in spirit: Romans 12:11 – means boiling with; this phrase is also used in Acts 18:25. The word fervent is used a half dozen times in the NT, but not in conjunction with the word spirit.

Continuing instant: Romans 12:12 – means continuing steadfastly.

Not where Christ was named: Romans 15:20 – The phrase means where Christ was unknown.

Succourer: Romans 16:2 – means helper; Google defines it as someone who gives help in times of need or distress or difficulty.

Bruise: Romans 16:20 – means crush

I hope you found this interesting. I guess with being a writer I’m always interested in words and phrases..

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