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pō´ten - tāt ( δυνάστης , dunástēs , "mighty one," from δυναμαι , dúnamai , "to be able"): A person who possesses great power and authority. Only in 1 Timothy 6:15 , "the blessed and only Potentate" (= God). The same Greek word is used of Zeus in Sophocles (Ant. 608), and of God in Apocrypha (e.g. Sirach 46:5; 2 Macc 15:3, 13). It is used of men in Luke 1:52 (the King James Version "the mighty," the Revised Version (British and American) "princes") and Acts 8:27 ("of great authority").

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

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