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Lacking power, strength, or vigor; helpless. Impotence in the KJV never refers to sexual inability. Modern translations replace impotent with other terms: cripple (Acts 4:9 NIV); disabled ( John 5:3 NIV); invalid ( John 5:3 NRSV); sick ( John 5:3 ,John 5:3,5:7 ; Acts 4:9 NAS). Modern translations describe the man “impotent in his feet” ( Acts 14:8 ) as one who could not use his feet (NRSV), without strength in his feet (NAS), or crippled (NIV). See Diseases .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Impotent'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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