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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Fierce, Fierceness

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A — 1: ἀνήμερος
(Strong's #434 — Adjective — anemeros — an-ay'-mer-os )

signifies "not tame, savage" (from a, negative, and hemeros, "gentle"), 2 Timothy 3:3 . Epictetus describes those who forget God as their Creator, as resembling lions, "wild, savage and fierce" (anemeroi) (Moulton and Milligan, Greek Test. Vocab.).

A — 2: χαλεπός
(Strong's #5467 — Adjective — chalepos — khal-ep-os' )

"hard," (a) "hard to do or deal with, difficult, fierce," is said of the Gadarene demoniacs, Matthew 8:28 ; (b) "hard to bear, painful, grievous," said of the last times, 2 Timothy 3:1 , RV, "grievous," for AV, "perilous." See GRIEVOUS.

Notes: (1) In James 3:4 skleros, "hard, rough, violent," is said of winds, RV, "rough," for AV, "fierce." (2) In Luke 23:5 , the verb epischuo, "to make or grow stronger" (from epi, "over" intensive, and ischus, "strength"), is used metaphorically, "they were the more urgent," RV, for AV, "the more fierce."

B — 1: θυμός
(Strong's #2372 — Noun Masculine — thumos — thoo-mos' )

"hot anger, wrath," is rendered "fierceness" in Revelation 16:19 ; 19:15 , of the wrath of God. See ANGER (A, Notes), INDIGNATION , WRATH.

B — 2: ζῆλος
(Strong's #2205 — Noun — zelos — dzay'-los )

"zeal, jealousy," is rendered "fierceness" in Hebrews 10:27 , RV (of fire).

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

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