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After; Afterward

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aft´ẽr , aft´ẽr -wẽrd : The fundamental thought, in which all shades of meaning unite, is that of succession either in time or place. This succession may be immediate or remote. A very common adaptation of this conception the use of "after" to denote "according to," "after the manner of," or "in the order of," as in Genesis 1:26 ; Ephesians 4:24 ; Luke 1:59 ; Romans 5:14 ; Hebrews 4:11 (the Revised Version, margin "unto"), and in many passages where the Greek uses the preposition κατά , katá , as Matthew 23:3 ; Romans 8:4 ; 1 Corinthians 1:26 , etc. "In proportion to": Psalm 28:4 ; compare Psalm 90:15 . It sometimes correctly translates a peculiar Greek idiom of the preposition διά , diá , with the genitive case, indicating time elapsed, as Mark 2:1 , literally, "through some days," "after some days had passed"; compare Acts 24:17 . While the Greek is expressed by a variety of words, the Hebrew uses 'aḥar for both preposition and adverb.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'After; Afterward'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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