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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Heritage

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1: κληρόω

(Strong's #2820 — Verb — kleroo — klay-ro'-o )

primarily, "to cast lots" or "to choose by lot," then, "to assign a portion," is used in the Passive Voice in Ephesians 1:11 , "we were made a heritage," RV (AV, "we have obtained an inheritance"). The RV is in agreement with such OT passages as Deuteronomy 4:20 , "a people of inheritance;" Deuteronomy 9:29; 32:9; Psalm 16:6 . The meaning "were chosen by lot," as in the Vulgate, and in 1 Samuel 14:41 , indicating the freedom of election without human will (so Chrysostom and Augustine), is not suited to this passage.

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

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