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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Compel

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1: ἀναγκάζω

(Strong's #315 — Verb — anankazo — an-ang-kad'-zo )

denotes "to put constraint upon (from ananke, 'necessity'), to constrain," whether by threat, entreaty, force or persuasion; Christ "constrained" the disciples to get into a boat, Matthew 14:22; Mark 6:45; the servants of the man who made a great supper were to constrain people to come in, Luke 14:23 (RV, "constrain"); Saul of Tarsus "strove" to make saints blaspheme, Acts 26:11 , RV (AV, "compelled"); Titus, though a Greek, was not "compelled" to be circumcised, Galatians 2:3 , as Galatian converts were, Galatians 6:12 , RV; Peter was "compelling" Gentiles to live as Jews, Galatians 2:14; Paul was "constrained" to appeal to Caesar, Acts 28:19 , and was "compelled" by the church at Corinth to become foolish in speaking of himself, 2 Corinthians 12:11 . See CONSTRAIN.

2: ἀγγαρεύω

(Strong's #29 — Verb — angareuo — ang-ar-yew'-o )

"to dispatch as an angaros (a Persian courier kept at regular stages with power of impressing men into service)," and hence, in general, "to impress into service," is used of "compelling" a person to go a mile, Matthew 5:41; of the impressing of Simon to bear Christ's cross, Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21 .

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

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