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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Heal, Healing

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A — 1: θεραπεύω
(Strong's #2323 — Verb — therapeuo — ther-ap-yoo'-o )

primarily signifies "to serve as a therapon, and attendant;" then, "to care for the sick, to treat, cure, heal" (Eng., "therapeutics"). It is chiefly used in Matthew and Luke, once in John (John 5:10 ), and, after the Acts, only Revelation 13:3,12 . See CURE.

A — 2: ἰάομαι
(Strong's #2390 — Verb — iaomai — ee-ah'-om-ahee )

"to heal," is used (a) of physical treatment 22 times; in Matthew 15:28 , AV, "made whole," RV, "healed;" so in Acts 9:34 ; (b) figuratively, of spiritual "healing," Matthew 13:15 ; John 12:40 ; Acts 28;27 ; Hebrews 12:13 ; 1 Peter 2:24 ; possibly, James 5:16 includes both (a) and (b); some mss. have the word, with sense (b), in Luke 4:18 . Apart from this last, Luke, the physician, uses the word fifteen times. See WHOLE.

A — 3: σῴζω
(Strong's #4982 — Verb — sozo — sode'-zo )

"to save," is translated by the verb "to heal" in the AV of Mark 5:23 ; Luke 8:36 (RV, "to make whole;" so AV frequently); the idea is that of saving from disease and its effects. See SAVE.

A — 4: διασῴζω
(Strong's #1295 — Verb — diasozo — dee-as-odze'-o )

"to save thoroughly" (dia, "through," and No. 3), is translated "heal" in Luke 7:3 , AV (RV, "save"). See ESCAPE.

B — 1: θεραπεία
(Strong's #2322 — Noun Feminine — therapeia — ther-ap-i'-ah )

akin to A, No. 1, primarily denotes "care, attention," Luke 12:42 (see HOUSEHOLD); then, "medical service, healing" (Eng., "therapy"), Luke 9:11 ; Revelation 22:2 , of the effects of the leaves of the tree of life, perhaps here with the meaning "health."

B — 2: ἴαμα
(Strong's #2386 — Noun Neuter — iama — ee'-am-ah )

akin to A, No. 2, formerly signified "a means of healing;" in the NT, "a healing" (the result of the act), used in the plural, in 1 Corinthians 12:9,28,30 , RV, "healings;" of Divinely imparted gifts in the churches in apostolic times.

B — 3: ἴασις
(Strong's #2392 — Noun Feminine — iasis — ee'-as-is )

akin to A, No. 2, stresses the process as reaching completion, Luke 13:32 , "cures," of the acts of Christ in the days of His flesh; Acts 4:22,30 , "to heal," lit. 'unto healing.'

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

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