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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words
denotes (1) "a woman, married or unmarried" (see WOMAN); (2) "a wife," e.g., Matthew 1:20; 1 Corinthians 7:3,4; in 1 Timothy 3:11 , RV, "woman," the reference may be to the "wives" of deacons, as the AV takes it.
an adjective denoting "womanly, female," is used as a noun in 1 Peter 3:7 , AV, "wife," RV, "woman."Note: In John 19:25 the article stands idiomatically for "the wife (of);" in Matthew 1:6 , the article is rendered "her that had been the wife (of)."
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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Wife, Wives'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/w/wife-wives.html. 1940.