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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Bereaved, Bereft

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1: ἀπορφανίζω
(Strong's #642 — Verb — aporphanizomai — ap-or-fan-id'-zo )

lit., "to be rendered an orphan" (apo, "from," with the thought of separation, and orphanos, "an orphan"), is used metaphorically in 1 Thessalonians 2:17 (AV, "taken from;" RV, "bereaved"), in the sense of being "bereft" of the company of the saints through being compelled to leave them (cp. the similes in 7 and 11). The word has a wider meaning than that of being an orphan.

Note: The corresponding adjective, orphanos, is translated "desolate" in John 14:18 (AV, "comfortless"); "fatherless" in James 1:27 ; see DESOLATE , FATHERLESS.

2: ἀποστερέω
(Strong's #650 — Verb — apostereo — ap-os-ter-eh'-o )

"to rob, defraud, deprive," is used in 1 Timothy 6:5 , in the Passive Voice, of being deprived or "bereft" (of the truth), with reference to false teachers (AV, "destitute"). See DEFRAUD , DESTITUTE , FRAUD.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Bereaved, Bereft'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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