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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Bondman, Bondmaid

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1: δοῦλος
(Strong's #1401 — Noun — doulos — doo'-los )

from deo, "to bind," "a slave," originally the lowest term in the scale of servitude, came also to mean "one who gives himself up to the will of another," e.g., 1 Corinthians 7:23 ; Romans 6:17,20 , and became the most common and general word for "servant," as in Matthew 8:9 , without any idea of bondage. In calling himself, however, a "bondslave of Jesus Christ," e.g., Romans 1:1 , the Apostle Paul intimates (1) that he had been formerly a "bondslave" of Satan, and (2) that, having been bought by Christ, he was now a willing slave, bound to his new Master. See SERVANT.

The feminine, doule, signifies "a handmaid," Luke 1:38,48 ; Acts 2:18 .

2: παιδίσκη
(Strong's #3814 — Noun Feminine — paidiske — pahee-dis'-kay )

"a young girl, maiden," also denoted "a young female slave, bondwoman, or handmaid." For the AV, "bondmaid" or "bondwoman," in Galatians 4:22,23,30,31 , the RV has "handmaid." See DAMSEL , HANDMAID, MAID.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Bondman, Bondmaid'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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