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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Naked, Nakedness

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A — 1: γυμνός
(Strong's #1131 — Adjective — gumnos — goom-nos' )

signifies (a) "unclothed," Mark 14:52 ; in Matthew 14:51 it is used as a noun ("his" and "body" being italicized); (b) "scantily or poorly clad," Matthew 25:36,38,43,44 ; Acts 19:16 (with torn garments); James 2:15 ; (c) "clad in the undergarment only" (the outer being laid aside), John 21:7 (see CLOTHING); (d) metaphorically, (1) of "a bare seed," 1 Corinthians 15:37 ; (2) of "the soul without the body," 2 Corinthians 5:3 ; (3) of "things exposed to the all-seeing eye of God," Hebrews 4:13 ; (4) of "the carnal condition of a local church," Revelation 3:17 ; (5) of "the similar state of an individual," Revelation 16:15 ; (b) of "the desolation of religious Babylon," Revelation 17:16 .

B — 1: γυμνιτεύω
(Strong's #1130 — Verb — gumniteuo — goom-nayt-yoo'-o )

"to be naked or scantily clad" (akin to A), is used in 1 Corinthians 4:11 . In the Koine writings (see Preface to Vol. 1) it is used of being light-armed.

C — 1: γυμνότης
(Strong's #1132 — Noun Feminine — gumnotes — goom-not'-ace )

"nakedness" (akin to A), is used (a) of "want of sufficient clothing," Romans 8:35 ; 2 Corinthians 11:27 ; (b) metaphorically, of "the nakedness of the body," said of the condition of a local church, Revelation 3:18 .

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

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