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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Yea, Yes

1: ναί

(Strong's #3483 — particle — nai — nahee )

a particle of affirmation, is used (a) in answer to a question, Matthew 9:28; 11:9; 13:51; 17:25; 21:16; Luke 7:26; John 11:27; 21:15,16; Acts 5:8; 22:27; Romans 3:29; (b) in assent to an assertion, Matthew 15:27 , RV (AV, "truth"); Mark 7:28; Revelation 14:13; 16:7 , RV (AV, "even so"); (c) in confirmation of an assertion, Matthew 11:26; Luke 10:21 , RV (AV, "even so"); Luke 11:51 , RV (AV, "verily"); Luke 12:5; Philippians 4:3 (in the best texts); Philemon 1:20; (d) in solemn asseveration, Revelation 1:7 (AV and RV, "even so"); Revelation 22:20 , RV (AV, "surely"); (e) in repetition for emphasis, Matthew 5:37; 2 Corinthians 1:17; James 5:12; (f) singly in contrast to ou, "nay," 2 Corinthians 1:18,19 (twice),20, "(the) yea," RV.

2: ἀλλά

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

"but," is translated "yea" in John 16:2; Romans 3:31 , AV (RV, "nay"); 1 Corinthians 4:3; 2 Corinthians 7:11 (six times); Galatians 4:17 , AV (RV, "nay"); Philippians 1:18; 2:17; 3:8; James 2:18 .

3: καί

(Strong's #2532 — Conjunction — kai — kahee )

"and, even," is rendered "yea," e.g., Luke 2:35; John 16:32; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 8:3; in Acts 7:43 , AV (RV, "and").

4: μενοῦν

(Strong's #3304 — particle — men oun — men-oon'-geh )

in some texts menounge, i.e., men-oun-ge, "yea rather," occurs, e.g., in Luke 11:28; in Romans 10:18 , "yea (AV, yes) verily;" in Philippians 3:8 , RV, "yea verily" (AV, "yea doubtless").

Notes: (1) In 1 Corinthians 15:15 the RV translates kai by "and" (AV, "yea"). (2) In Luke 24:22 the RV translates alla kai "moreover" (AV, "yea ... and"). (3) In 1 Corinthians 16:6 , AV, e kai, "or even" (RV), is translated "yea, and." (4) In 2 Corinthians 5:16 , AV, the phrase ei kai (some texts have ei de kai) is translated "yea, though" (RV, "even though"). (5) In Philippians 2:8 , RV, the particle de, "but," is translated "yea" (AV, "even").

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Yea, Yes'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/y/yea-yes.html. 1940.

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