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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Cease

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A — 1: παύω
(Strong's #3973 — Verb — pauo — pow'-o )

"to stop, to make an end," is used chiefly in the Middle Voice in the NT, signifying "to come to an end, to take one's rest, a willing cessation" (in contrast to the Passive Voice which denotes a forced cessation), Luke 5:4 , of a discourse; Luke 8:24 , of a storm; Luke 11:1 , of Christ's prayer; Acts 5:42 , of teaching and preaching; Acts 6:13 , of speaking against; Acts 13:10 , of evil doing; Acts 20:1 , of an uproar; Acts 20:31 , of admonition; Acts 21:32 , of a scourging; 1 Corinthians 13:8 , of tongues; Ephesians 1:16 , of giving thanks; Colossians 1:9 , of prayer; Hebrews 10:2 , of sacrifices; 1 Peter 4:1 , of "ceasing" from sin. It is used in the Active Voice in 1 Peter 3:10 , "let him cause his tongue to cease from evil." See LEAVE , REFRAIN.

A — 2: διαλείπω
(Strong's #1257 — Verb — dialeipo — dee-al-i'-po )

lit., "to leave between," i.e., "to leave an interval, whether of space or time" (dia, "between," leipo, "to leave"); hence, "to intermit, desist, cease," in Luke 7:45 is used of the kissing of the Lord's feet.

A — 3: ἡσυχάζω
(Strong's #2270 — Verb — hesuchazo — hay-soo-khad'-zo )

"to be quiet, still, at rest," is said of Paul's friends in Caesarea, in "ceasing" to persuade him not to go to Jerusalem, Acts 21:14 ; it is used of silence (save in Luke 23:56 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:11 ) in Luke 14:4 ; Acts 11:18 . See PEACE (hold one's), QUIET , REST.

A — 4: κοπάζω
(Strong's #2869 — Verb — kopazo — kop-ad'-zo )

"to cease through being spent with toil, to cease raging" (from kopos, "labor, toil," kopiao, "to labor"), is said of the wind only, Matthew 14:32 ; Mark 4:39 ; 6:51 .

A — 5: ἀφίημι
(Strong's #863 — Verb — aphiemi — af-ee'-ay-mee )

"to let go," is translated "let us cease to" in Hebrews 6:1 , RV (marg., "leave") for AV, "leaving." See FORGIVE , LEAVE.

A — 6: καταπαύω
(Strong's #2664 — Verb — katapauo — kat-ap-ow'-o )

"to rest" (kata, "down," intensive, and No. 1), is so translated in Hebrews 4:10 , for the AV "hath ceased." See REST , RESTRAIN.

Notes: (1) katargeo, "to render inactive, to bring to naught, to do away," is so rendered in Galatians 5:11 , RV, for the AV "ceased." See ABOLISH.

(2) Akatapaustos, "incessant, not to be set at rest" (from a, negative, kata, "down," pauo, "to cease"), is used in 2 Peter 2:14 , of those who "cannot cease" from sin, i.e., who cannot be restrained from sinning.

B — 1: ἀδιάλειπτος
(Strong's #88 — Adjective — adialeiptos — ad-ee-al'-ipe-tos )

"unceasing" (from a, negative, dia, "through," leipo, "to leave"), is used of "incessant" heart pain, Romans 9:2 , AV, "continual," RV, "unceasing," and in 2 Timothy 1:3 , of remembrance in prayer; the meaning in each place is not that of unbroken continuity, but without the omission of any occasion. Cp. A, No. 2. See CONTINUAL.

C — 1: ἀδιαλείπτως
(Strong's #89 — Adverb — adialeiptos — ad-ee-al-ipe'-toce )

"unceasingly, without ceasing," is used with the same significance as the adjective, not of what is not interrupted, but of that which is constantly recurring; in Romans 1:9 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 , of prayer; in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 , of the remembrance of the work, labor and patience of saints; in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 , of thanksgiving.

Note: Ektenes, lit., "stretched out, signifies "earnest, fervent;" Acts 12:5 , RV, for AV, "without ceasing." See 1 Peter 4:8 , "fervent."


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

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