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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Few

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A — 1: ὀλίγος
(Strong's #3641 — Adjective — oligos — ol-ee'-gos )

used of number quantity, and size, denotes "few, little, small, slight," e.g., Matthew 7:14 ; 9:37 ; 15:34 ; 20:16 ; neuter plural, "a few things," Matthew 25:21,23 ; Revelation 2:14 (20 in some mss.); in Ephesians 3:3 , the phrase en oligo, in brief, is translated "in a few words."

A — 2: βραχύς
(Strong's #1024 — Adjective — brachus — brakh-ooce' )

denotes (a) "short," in regard to time, e.g., Hebrews 2:7 ; or distance, Acts 27:28 ; (b) "few," in regard to quantity, Hebrews 13:22 , in the phrase dia bracheon, lit., "by means of few," i.e., "in few words." See LITTLE.

Note: In Luke 10:42 , in the Lord's words to Martha, many ancient authorities provide the rendering, "but there is need of few things (neuter plural) or one."

B — 1: συντόμως
(Strong's #4935 — Adverb — suntomos — soon-tom'-oce )

"concisely, briefly, cut short" (from suntemno, "to cut in pieces," sun, used intensively, temno, "to cut"), occurs in the speech of Tertullus, Acts 24:4 .


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

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