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1: πόλις
(Strong's #4172 — Noun Feminine — polis — pol'-is )

primarily "a town enclosed with a wall" (perhaps from a root ple---, signifying "fullness," whence also the Latin pleo, "to fill," Eng., "polite, polish, politic, etc."), is used also of the heavenly Jerusalem, the abode and community of the redeemed, Hebrews 11:10,16 ; 12:22 ; 13:14 . In the Apocalypse it signifies the visible capital of the Heavenly Kingdom, as destined to descend to earth in a coming age, e.g., Revelation 3:12 ; 21:2,14,19 . By metonymy the word stands for the inhabitants, as in the English use, e.g., Matthew 8:34 ; 12:25 ; 21:10 ; Mark 1:33 ; Acts 13:44 .

Note: In Acts 16:13 , the most authentic mss. have pule, "gate," RV, "without the gate."

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

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