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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: ἐγώ
(Strong's #1473 — Pronoun — ego — eg-o' )

is the nominative case of the first personal pronoun. The pronoun, "I," however, generally forms a part of the verb itself in Greek; thus luo itself means "I loose," the pronoun being incorporated in the verb form. Where the pronoun ego is added to the verb, it is almost invariably, if not entirely, emphatic. The emphasis may not be so apparent in some instances, as e.g., Matthew 10:16 , but even here it may be taken that something more of stress is present than if the pronoun were omitted. By far the greater number of instances are found in the Gospel of John, and there in the utterances of the Lord concerning Himself, e.g., John 4:14,26,32,38 ; 5:34,36,43,45 ; 6:35,40,41,48,51 (twice),63,70; instances in the Epistles are Romans 7:9,14,17,20 (twice), 24,25; there are more in that chapter than in any other outside the Gospel of John. In other cases of the pronoun than the nominative, the pronoun is usually more necessary to the meaning, apart from any stress. For k'ago (i.e., kai ego), see EVEN , Note (6).

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

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