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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Tear, Torn

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1: σπαράσσω
(Strong's #4682 — Verb — sparasso — spar-as'-so )

denotes "to tear, rend, convulse," Mark 1:26 ; 9:20 (in some mss.),26, RV, "having ... torn" (AV, "rent"); Luke 9:39 . In the Sept., 2 Samuel 22:8 , of the foundations of heaven; Jeremiah 4:18 , of the heart.

2: συσπαράσσω
(Strong's #4952 — Verb — susparasso — soos-par-as'-so )

"to tear violently" (sun, "with," intensive), "convulse completely," a strengthened form of No. 1, is used in Mark 9:20 , in the best texts (some have No. 1); Luke 9:42 .

3: διασπάω
(Strong's #1288 — Verb — diaspao — dee-as-pah'-o )

"to break or tear asunder," is translated "should be torn in pieces" in Acts 23:10 , RV (AV, "... pulled ..."). See REND , No. 5.

4: ῥήσσω
(Strong's #4486 — Verb — rhegnumi — hrayg'-noo-mee, hrace'-so )

"to break," is rendered "teareth" in Mark 9:18 , AV (RV, "dasheth ... down"). See HINDER , No. 1.

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

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