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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Babe

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1: βρέφος

(Strong's #1025 — Noun Neuter — brephos — bref'-os )

denotes (a) "an unborn child," as in Luke 1:41,44; (b) "a newborn child, or an infant still older," Luke 2:12,16; 18:15; Acts 7:19; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 2:2 . See CHILD , INFANT.

2: νήπιος

(Strong's #3516 — Adjective — nepios — nay'-pee-os )

lit., "without the power of speech," denotes "a little child," the literal meaning having been lost in the general use of the word. It is used (a) of "infants," Matthew 21:16; (b) metaphorically, of the unsophisticated in mind and trustful in disposition, Matthew 11:25 and Luke 10:21 , where it stands in contrast to the wise; of those who are possessed merely of natural knowledge, Romans 2:20; of those who are carnal, and have not grown, as they should have done, in spiritual understanding and power, the spiritually immature, 1 Corinthians 3:1 , those who are so to speak partakers of milk, and "without experience of the word of righteousness," Hebrews 5:13; of the Jews, who, while the Law was in force, were in state corresponding to that of childhood, or minority, just as the word "infant" is used of a minor, in English law, Galatians 4:3 , "children;" of believers in an immature condition, impressionable and liable to be imposed upon instead of being in a state of spiritual maturity, Ephesians 4:14 , "children." "Immaturity" is always associated with this word. See CHILD , No. 7

Note: The corresponding verb, nepiazo, is found in 1 Corinthians 14:20 , where believers are exhorted to be as "babes" (RV) in malice, unable to think or speak maliciously.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Babe'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/b/babe.html. 1940.

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