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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Uncertain, Uncertainly, Uncertainty

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A — 1: ἄδηλος
(Strong's #82 — Adjective — adelos — ad'-ay-los )

denotes (a) "unseen;" with the article, translated "which appear not" (a, negative, delos, "evident"), Luke 11:44 ; (b) "uncertain, indistinct," 1 Corinthians 14:8 . In the Sept., Psalm 51:6 .

B — 1: ἀδήλως
(Strong's #84 — Adverb — adelos — ad-ay'-loce )

"uncertainly" (akin to A), occurs in 1 Corinthians 9:26 .

C — 1: ἀδηλότης
(Strong's #83 — Noun Feminine — adelotes — ad-ay-lot'-ace )

"uncertainty" (akin to A and B), occurs in 1 Timothy 6:17 , "(the) uncertainty (of riches)," RV (the AV translates it as an adjective, "uncertain"), i.e., riches the special character of which is their "uncertainty;" the Greek phrase is a rhetorical way of stressing the noun "riches;" when a genitive (here "of riches") precedes the governing noun (here "uncertainty") the genitive receives emphasis.

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

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