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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Question, Questioning

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A — 1: ζήτησις
(Strong's #2214 — Noun Feminine — zetesis — dzay'-tay-sis )

primarily "a seeking, search" (zeteo, "to seek"), for which see DISPUTATION , is used in John 3:25 ; Acts 25:20 , RV , "(being perplexed) how to inquire (concerning these things)," AV "(because I doubted of such manner) of questions," lit., "being perplexed as to the inquiry (or discussion) concerning these things;" in 1 Timothy 1:4 (in some mss.); 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:23 ; Titus 3:9 . See INQUIRY.

A — 2: ζήτημα
(Strong's #2213 — Noun Neuter — zetema — dzay'-tay-mah )

synonymous with No. 1, but, generally speaking, suggesting in a more concrete form the subject of an inquiry, occurs in Acts 15:2 ; 18:15 ; 23:29 ; 25:19 ; 26:3 .

A — 3: λόγος
(Strong's #3056 — Noun Masculine — logos — log'-os )

"a word," is translated "question" in Matthew 21:24 (AV, "thing"); in Mark 11:29 (RV, marg., "word") and Luke 20:3 , AV, "one thing:" there is no word in the original for "one," hence the RV, "a question."

A — 4: ἐΞ
(Strong's #1537 2214 — Preposition — ekzetesis — ek, ex )

"a questioning," is found in the best texts in 1 Timothy 1:4 (see RV); cp. No. 1.

Notes: (1) In Matthew 22:41 , there is no word in the original for "question." (2) For suzetesis or sunzetesis, "a questioning together" (sun, "with"), see DISPUTATION. (3) In Acts 19:40 , AV, enkaleo, "to bring a charge against," is translated "to be called in question" (RV, "to be accused").

B — 1: συζητέω
(Strong's #4802 — Verb — suzeteo — sood-zay-teh'-o )

or sunzeteo, "to search together" (cp. Note, above), "to discuss, dispute," is translated "to question" (or "question with or together") in Mark 1:27 ; 8:11 ; 9:10,14,16 ; 12:28 , RV (AV, "reasoning together"); Luke 22:23 , RV (AV, "inquire"); 24:15, RV (AV, "reasoned"). See DISPUTE , B, No. 3, INQUIRE, REASON.

B — 2: ἐπερωτάω
(Strong's #1905 — Verb — eperotao — ep-er-o-tah'-o )

"to ask," is translated "asked ... a question," in Matthew 22:35,41 ; in Luke 2:46 , "asking ... questions;" "questioned" in Luke 23:9 . See ASK , A, No. 3.


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Question, Questioning'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/q/question-questioning.html. 1940.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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