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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: ἔθνος
(Strong's #1484 — Noun Neuter — ethnos — eth'-nos )

originally "a multitude," denotes (a) "a nation" or "people," e.g., Matthew 24:7 ; Acts 10:35 ; the Jewish people, e.g., Luke 7:5 ; 23:2 ; John 11:48,50-52 ; Acts 10:22 ; 24:2,10,17 ; in Matthew 21:43 , the reference is to Israel in its restored condition; (b) in the plural, "the nations" as distinct from Israel. See GENTILES.

2: γένος
(Strong's #1085 — Noun Neuter — genos — ghen'-os )

"a race:" see KIND (Noun).

3: ἀλλόφυλος
(Strong's #246 — Adjective — allophulos — al-lof'-oo-los )

"foreign, of another race" (allos, "another," phulon, "a tribe"), is used in Acts 10:28 , "one of another nation."

Note: For Philippians 2:15 , genea (AV, "nation," RV, "generation"), see AGE.

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

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