Holman Bible Dictionary
Lacking power, strength, or vigor; helpless. Impotence in the KJV never refers to sexual inability. Modern translations replace impotent with other terms: cripple (Acts 4:9
NIV); disabled ( John 5:3
NIV); invalid ( John 5:3
NRSV); sick ( John 5:3
; Acts 4:9
NAS). Modern translations describe the man “impotent in his feet” ( Acts 14:8
) as one who could not use his feet (NRSV), without strength in his feet (NAS), or crippled (NIV). See Diseases
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Impotent'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/i/impotent.html. 1991.