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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: εἰ
(Strong's #1487 686 — Conjunction — ei ara — i )

denotes "if therefore," "if accordingly" (i.e., if in these circumstances), e.g., Mark 11:13 , of Christ and the fig tree (not "if perchance," but marking a correspondence in point of fact).

2: εἰ
(Strong's #1487 686 1065 — Conjunction — ei arage — i )

denotes "if in consequence," e.g., Acts 17:27 , "if haply" they might feel after God, in consequence of seeking Him.

3: μήποτε
(Strong's #3379 — Conjunction — me pote — may'-pot-eh, may pot'-eh )

lit., "lest ever," "lest haply," e.g., Luke 14:29 , of laying a foundation, with the possibility of being unable to finish the building; Acts 5:39 , of the possibility of being found fighting against God; Hebrews 3:12 RV, "lest haply," of the possibility of having an evil heart of unbelief. The RV usually has "lest haply" (AV "lest at any time"), e.g., Matthew 4:6 ; 5:25 ; 13:15 ; Mark 4:12 ; Luke 4:11 ; 21:34 ; Hebrews 2:1 ; in Matthew 25:9 , the RV has "peradventure;" in 2 Timothy 2:25 , AV and RV, have "if peradventure;" in John 7:26 the RV has "Can it be that," for the word "Do" in the AV.

4: μήπως
(Strong's #3381 — Conjunction — me pos — may'-poce, may poce )

denotes "lest in any way," "by any means," e.g., 2 Corinthians 9:4 , AV, "lest haply," RV, "lest by any means."

5: μήπως
(Strong's #3381 4458 — Conjunction — me pou — may'-poce, may poce )

denotes "lest somehow;" the RV has "lest haply" in Acts 27:29 (some mss. have No. 4, here).

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

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