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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Wonder

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1: τέρας

(Strong's #5059 — Noun Neuter — teras — ter'-as )

"something strange," causing the beholder to marvel, is always used in the plural, always rendered "wonders," and generally follows semeia, "signs;" the opposite order occurs in Acts 2:22,43; 6:8 , RV; 7:36; in Acts 2:19 "wonders" occurs alone. A sign is intended to appeal to the understanding, a "wonder" appeals to the imagination, a power (dunamis) indicates its source as supernatural. "Wonders" are manifested as Divine operations in thirteen occurrences (9 times in Acts); three times they are ascribed to the work of Satan through human agents, Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9 .

2: θάμβος

(Strong's #2285 — Noun — thambos — tham'-bos )

"amazement," is rendered "wonder" in Acts 3:10 . See AMAZE , A, No. 2.

Notes: (1) For thauma, "a wonder" (rendered "admiration" in Revelation 17:6 , AV), see MARVEL. (2) In Revelation 12:1,3; 13:13 semeion, "a sign," is translated in the AV, "wonder(s)," RV, "sign(s)." (3) In Acts 3:11 ekthambos (ek, intensive, and No. 2) is translated "greatly wondering." (4) For pseudos, 2 Thessalonians 2:9 , "lying wonders," see FALSE , B. Cp. AMAZE, B, Nos. 3 and 4.

* Note: (Verbs). For thaumazo, see MARVEL; for existemi, Acts 8:13 , AV, see AMAZE , B, No. 1.

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

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