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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

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A — 1: στενός
(Strong's #4728 — Adjective — stenos — sten-os' )

from a root sten---, seen in stenazo, "to groan," stenagmos, "groaning" (Eng., "stenography," lit., "narrow writing"), is used figuratively in Matthew 7:13,14 , of the gate which provides the entrance to eternal life, "narrow" because it runs counter to natural inclinations, and "the way" is similarly characterized; so in Luke 13:24 (where the more intensive word agonizomai, "strive," is used); RV, "narrow" (AV, "strait") in each place. Cp. stenochoreo, "to be straitened," and stenochoria, "narrowness, anguish, distress."

B — 1: θλίβω
(Strong's #2346 — Verb — thlibo — thlee'-bo )

"to press," is translated "narrow" in Matthew 7:14 , AV, lit., "narrowed" (RV, "straitened;" the verb is in the perfect participle, Passive Voice), i.e., hemmed in, like a mountain gorge; the way is rendered "narrow" by the Divine conditions, which make it impossible for any to enter who think the entrance depends upon self-merit, or who still incline towards sin, or desire to continue in evil. See AFFLICT , No. 4.


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Narrow'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/n/narrow.html. 1940.

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Friday, November 15th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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