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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: ἀνάγκη
(Strong's #318 — Noun Feminine — ananke — an-ang-kay' )

signifies (a) "a necessity," what must needs be (see NEEDS), translated "necessity" (in some mss. in Luke 23:17 ) in 1 Corinthians 7:37 ; 9:16 ; 2 Corinthians 9:7 (with ek "out of"); Philemon 1:14 (with kata, "according to"); Hebrews 7:12 ; 9:16 ; (b) "distress, pain," translated "necessities" in 2 Corinthians 6:4 ; 12:10 . See DISTRESS , No. 1, and the synonymous words there, and NEEDS, NEEDFUL (also CONSTRAIN, Note).

2: χρεία
(Strong's #5532 — Noun Feminine — chreia — khri'-ah )

"a need," and almost always so translated, is used in the plural in Acts 20:34 , "necessities;" Romans 12:13 , RV (AV, "necessity"); in Philippians 4:16 , AV, "necessity," RV, "need." See NEED , NEEDFUL.

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

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