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Hap; Haply

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hap , hap´li ( מקרה , miḳreh , לוּ , lū ; μήποτε , mḗpote ):

Hap (a Saxon word for "luck, chance") is the translation of miḳreh , "a fortuitous chance," "a lot" (Rth 2:3, the King James Version "Her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz"); in 1 Samuel 6:9 , the same word is translated "chance" (that happened); "event," in Ecclesiastes 9:2 , Ecclesiastes 9:3 , with "happeneth," in Ecclesiastes 2:14 .

Haply (from "hap") is the translation of lū , "if that" ( 1 Samuel 14:30 , "if haply the people had eaten freely"); of ei ára , "if then" (Mark 11:13 , "if haply he might find anything thereon"); of ei árage (Acts 17:27 , "if haply they might feel after him"); of mēpote , "lest ever" "lest perhaps" etc. (Luke 14:29 ; Acts 5:39 ); of mḗ pōs , "lest in anyway" (2 Corinthians 9:4 the King James Version, "lest haply," the Revised Version (British and American) "lest by any means").

The Revised Version has "haply" for "at any time" (Matthew 4:6 ; Matthew 5:25 ; Matthew 13:15 ; Mark 4:12 ; Luke 4:11 ; Luke 21:34 ; Hebrews 2:1 ); introduces "haply" (Matthew 7:6 ; Matthew 13:29 ; Matthew 15:32 ; Matthew 27:64 ; Mark 14:2 ; Luke 3:15 ; Luke 12:58 ; Luke 14:8 , Luke 14:12 ; Acts 27:29 ; Hebrews 4:1 ); has "haply there shall be," for "lest there be" (Hebrews 3:12 ).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Hap; Haply'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/h/hap-haply.html. 1915.

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