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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Oft, Often, Oftener, Oftentimes, Oft-Times

A — 1: πολλάκις

(Strong's #4178 — Adverb — pollakis — pol-lak'-is )

akin to polus, "much, many," is variously translated, e.g., "oft-times," Matthew 17:15 (AV, "oft," 2nd part); "many times," 2 Corinthians 8:22 , RV (AV, "often-times"); "oft," 2 Corinthians 11:23; "often" (2 Corinthians 11:26 ).

A — 2: πολύς

(Strong's #4183 — Adjective — polla — pol-oos' )

the neuter plural of polus, is translated "oft" in Matthew 9:14; some ancient authorities omit it here (see RV marg.); in Romans 15:22 , with the article, RV, "these many times" (AV, "much").

A — 3: ποσάκις

(Strong's #4212 — Adverb — posakis — pos-ak'-is )

an interrogative numeral adverb, "how many times, how oft (or often)?" occurs in Matthew 18:21; 23:37; Luke 13:34 .

A — 4: ὁσάκις

(Strong's #3740 — Adverb — hosakis — hos-ak'-is )

a relative adverb, "as often" (or oft) as, 1 Corinthians 11:25,26; Revelation 11:6 .

A — 5: πυκνός

(Strong's #4437 — Adjective — pukna — pook-nos' )

the neuter plural of puknos (see B), used adverbially, is translated "often" in Luke 5:33 .

A — 6: πυκνός

(Strong's #4437 — Adjective — puknoteron — pook-nos' )

the neuter singular of the comparative degree of puknos (cp. No. 5, and see B), "very often," or "so much the oftener," Acts 24:26 , "the oftener."

Notes: (1) In Luke 8:29 , the phrase pollois chronois, lit., "many times," is translated "often-times" (RV marg., "of a long time"). (2) For the rendering "oft" in Mark 7:3 , see DILIGENTLY , D, No. 2.

B — 1: πυκνός

(Strong's #4437 — Adjective — puknos — pook-nos' )

primarily signifies "close, compact, solid;" hence, "frequent, often," 1 Timothy 5:23 . Cp. A, Nos. 5 and 6.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Oft, Often, Oftener, Oftentimes, Oft-Times'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/o/oft-often-oftener-oftentimes-oft-times.html. 1940.

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