corner graphic   Hi,    
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to

Bible Dictionaries

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


Resource Toolbox
Additional Links
1: ἐλάχιστος
(Strong's #1646 — — elachistos — el-akh'-is-tos )

"least," is a superlative degree formed from the word elachus, "little," the place of which was taken by mikros (the comparative degree being elasson, "less"); it is used of (a) size, James 3:4 ; (b) amount; of the management of affairs, Luke 16:10 (twice); 19:17, "very little;" (c) importance, 1 Corinthians 6:2 , "smallest (matters);" (d) authority: of commandments, Matthew 5:19 ; (e) estimation, as to persons, Matthew 5:19 (2nd part); 25:40,45; 1 Corinthians 15:9 ; as to a town, Matthew 2:6 ; as to activities or operations, Luke 12:26 ; 1 Corinthians 4:3 , "a very small thing."

2: ἐλαχιστότερος
(Strong's #1647 — Adjective — elachistoteros — el-akh-is-tot'-er-os )

a comparative degree formed from No. 1, is used in Ephesians 3:8 , "less than the least."

3: μικρός
(Strong's #3398 — Adjective — mikros — mik-ros', mik-rot'-er-os )

"small little," is translated "the least" in Acts 8:10 ; Hebrews 8:11 , with reference to rank or influence. See LITTLE , A, No. 1.

4: μικρός
(Strong's #3398 — Adjective — mikroteros — mik-ros', mik-rot'-er-os )

the comparative of No. 3, is used of (a) size, Matthew 13:32 , AV, "the least," RV, "less;" Mark 4:31 [cp. No. 1 (a)]; (b) estimation, Matthew 11:11 ; Luke 7:28 , AV, "least," RV, "but little," marg., "lesser" (in the kingdom of heaven), those in the kingdom itself being less than John the Baptist [cp. No. 1 (e)]; Luke 9:48 . See LESS.

Notes: (1) In 1 Corinthians 6:4 , AV, exoutheneo, in the Passive Voice, "to be of no account," is translated "is least esteemed" (RV, "are of no account"); see ACCOUNT. (2) In Luke 19:42 , the adverbial phrase kai ge, "at least," is found in some mss.; the RV follows those in which it is absent. (3) In 1 Corinthians 9:2 , AV, the phrase alla ge is rendered "doubtless;" RV, "at least." (4) In Acts 5:15 , the phrase k'an (for kai ean, "even if") denotes "at the least."

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.

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

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
Search for…
Enter query in the box:
Choose a letter to browse:
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 
N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 

Prev Entry
Learn, Learned
Next Entry
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology