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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

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A — 1: μᾶλλον

(Strong's #3123 — Adverb — mallon — mal'-lon )

the comparative degree of mala, "very, very much," is frequently translated "rather," e.g., Matthew 10:6,28; 1 Corinthians 14:1,5; sometimes followed by "than," with a connecting particle, e.g., Matthew 18:13 ("more than"); or without, e.g., John 3:19; Acts 4:19 , RV (AV, "more"); in 1 Corinthians 9:12 , AV, "rather" (RV, "yet more"); 1 Corinthians 12:22 , RV, "rather" (AV, "more"); 2 Corinthians 3:9 (ditto); Philemon 1:16 (ditto); in 2 Peter 1:10 , AV, "the rather" (RV, "the more"). See MORE.

B — 1: θέλω

(Strong's #2309 — Verb — thelo — )

"to will, wish," is translated "I had rather" in 1 Corinthians 14:19 . See DESIRE , B, No. 6.

C — 1: παρά

(Strong's #3844 — Preposition — para — par-ah' )

"beyond, in comparison with," is translated "rather than" in Romans 1:25 , RV (AV, "more than;" marg., "rather").

D — 1: ἀλλά

(Strong's #235 — Conjunction — alla — al-lah' )

"but, on the contrary," is translated "and rather" in Luke 17:8 .

Notes: (1) In Hebrews 13:19 , AV, perissoteros, "the more exceedingly" (RV), is translated "the rather." (2) In Luke 11:41; 12:31 , AV, plen, an adverb signifying "yet, howbeit," is translated "rather" (RV, "howbeit"). (3) In Romans 3:8 , AV, the negative particle me, "not," is translated with "rather" in italics (RV, "why not"). (4) In Luke 10:20 , AV, "rather rejoice," there is no word in the original for "rather" (see the RV).

Bibliography Information
Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Rather'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ved/​r/rather.html. 1940.
 
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