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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Seem

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1: δοκέω

(Strong's #1380 — verb — dokeo — dok-eh'-o )

denotes (a) "to be of opinion" (akin to doxa, "opinion"), e.g., Luke 8:18 , RV, "thinketh" (AV, "seemeth"); so 1 Corinthians 3:18; to think, suppose, James 1:26 , RV, "thinketh himself" (AV, "seem"); see SUPPOSE , THINK; (b) "to seem, to be reputed," e.g., Acts 17:18; 1 Corinthians 11:16; 12:22; 2 Corinthians 10:9; Hebrews 4:1; 12:11; for Galatians 2:2,6,9 , see REPUTE; (c) impersonally (1) to think (see THINK), (2) to "seem" good, Luke 1:3; Acts 15:22 , RV , "it seemed good" (AV, "it pleased"); 15:25,28 (ver. 34 in some mss.); in Hebrews 12:10 , the neuter of the present participle is used with the article, lit., "the (thing) seeming good," RV, "(as) seemed good," AV, "after (their own) pleasure." See ACCOUNT , No. 1.

Notes: In Matthew 11:26; Luke 10:21 , eudokia, "good pleasure, satisfaction" (eu, "well," and dokeo), is used with ginomai, "to become," and translated "it seemed good," AV (RV, "it was well-pleasing"). (2) In Luke 24:11 , AV, phaino, "to appear" (Passive Voice), is translated "seemed" (RV, "appeared").

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

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