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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Glad, Gladly

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A — 1: χαίρω

(Strong's #5463 — Verb — chairo — khah'ee-ro )

is the usual word for "rejoicing, being glad;" it is rendered by the verb "to be glad" in Mark 14:11; Luke 15:32; 22:5; 23:8; John 8:56; 11:15; 20:20; Acts 11:23; 13:48; in the following the RV has "to rejoice" for AV, "to be glad," Romans 16:19; 1 Corinthians 16:17; 2 Corinthians 13:9; 1 Peter 4:13; Revelation 19:7 . See FAREWELL , No. 4, GREETING, HAIL, JOY, REJOICE.

A — 2: ἀγαλλιάω

(Strong's #21 — Verb — agalliao — ag-al-lee-ah'-o )

"to exult, rejoice greatly," is chiefly used in the Middle Voice (Active in Luke 1:47; some mss. have the Passive in John 5:35 , "to be made glad"). In the OT, it is found abundantly in the Psalms, from 2:11 onward to 149:2,5 (Sept.). It conveys the idea of jubilant exultation, spiritual "gladness," Matthew 5:12 , "be exceeding glad," the Lord's command to His disciples; Luke 1:47 , in Mary's song; Luke 10:21 , of Christ's exultation ("rejoiced"); cp. Acts 2:26 , "(My tongue) was glad," AV (RV, "rejoiced"); John 8:56 , of Abraham; Acts 16:34 , RV, "rejoiced greatly" (of the Philippian jailor); 1 Peter 1:6,8; 4:13 ("with exceeding joy"), of believers in general; in Revelation 19:7 , RV, "be exceeding glad" (AV, "rejoice"). See REJOICE.

A — 3: εὐφραίνω

(Strong's #2165 — Verb — euphraino — yoo-frah'ee-no )

"to cheer, gladden," is rendered "maketh ... glad" in 2 Corinthians 2:2 . See FARE , MERRY , REJOICE.

B — 1: ἡδέως

(Strong's #2234 — Adverb — hedeos — hay-deh'-oce )

"gladly" (from hedus, "sweet"), is used in Mark 6:20; 12:37; 2 Corinthians 11:19 .

B — 2: ἥδιστα

(Strong's #2236 — Adverb Neuter — hedista — hay'-dis-tah )

the superlative degree of No. 1, "most gladly, most delightedly, with great relish," is rendered "most gladly" in 2 Corinthians 12:9,15 (RV; AV, "very gladly").

B — 3: ἀσμένως

(Strong's #780 — Adverb — asmenos — as-men'-oce )

"with delight, delightedly, gladly," is found in Acts 21:17 . It is absent from the best texts in Acts 2:41 (see the RV).

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Glad, Gladly'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/g/glad-gladly.html. 1940.

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