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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Ground, Grounded

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A — 1: γῆ
(Strong's #1093 — Noun Feminine — ge — ghay )

"the eath, land," etc., often denotes "the ground," e.g., Matthew 10:29 ; Mark 8:6 . See EARTH.

A — 2: ἔδαφος
(Strong's #1475 — Noun Neuter — edaphos — ed'-af-os )

"a bottom, base," is used of the "ground" in Acts 22:7 , suggestive of that which is level and hard. Cp. B, No. 1, below.

A — 3: χώρα
(Strong's #5561 — Noun Feminine — chora — kho'-rah )

"land, country," is used of property, "ground," in Luke 12:16 , "the ground (of a certain rich man)." See COUNTRY.

A — 4: χωρίον
(Strong's #5564 — Noun Neuter — chorion — kho-ree'-on )

a diminutive of No. 3, "a piece of land, a place, estate," is translated "parcel of ground" in John 4:5 . See FIELD.

A — 5: ἑδραίωμα
(Strong's #1477 — Noun Neuter — hedraioma — hed-rah'-yo-mah )

"a support, bulwark, stay" (from hedraios, "steadfast, firm;" from hedra, "a seat"), is translated "ground" in 1 Timothy 3:15 (said of a local church); the RV marg., "stay" is preferable.

Notes: (1) In Mark 4:16 the RV rightly has "rocky places" (petrodes) for AV, "stoney ground." (2) In Acts 27:29 , for the AV, "rocks" the RV has "rocky ground," lit., "rough places," i.e., a rocky shore. (3) In Luke 14:18 , agros, "a field," is translated "a piece of ground," AV, RV, "a field." See FIELD.

B — 1: ἐδαφίζω
(Strong's #1474 — Verb — edaphizo — ed-af-id'-zo )

akin to A, No. 2: See DASH.

B — 2: θεμελιόω
(Strong's #2311 — Verb — themelioo — them-el-ee-o'-o )

signifies "to lay the foundation of, to found" (akin to themelios, "a foundation;" from tithemi, "to put"), and is rendered "grounded" in Ephesians 3:17 , said of the condition of believers with reference to the love of Christ; in Colossians 1:23 , of their continuance in the faith. See FOUND.

C — 1: χαμαί
(Strong's #5476 — Adverb — chamai — kham-ah'ee )

(akin to Lat., humi, "on the ground," and homo, "man"), signifies "on the ground," John 9:6 , of the act of Christ in spitting on the "ground" before anointing the eyes of a blind man; in John 18:6 , "to the ground," of the fall of the rabble that had come to seize Christ in Gethsemane.

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

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