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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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A — 1: ῥίζα
(Strong's #4491 — Noun Feminine — rhiza — hrid'-zah )

is used (a) in the natural sense, Matthew 3:10 ; 13:6,21 ; Mark 4:6,17 ; 11:20 ; Luke 3:9 ; 8:13 ; (b) metaphorically (1) of "cause, origin, source," said of persons, ancestors, Romans 11:16-18 (twice); of things, evils, 1 Timothy 6:10 , RV, of the love of money as a "root" of all "kinds of evil" (marg., "evils;" AV, "evil"); bitterness, Hebrews 12:15 ; (2) of that which springs from a "root," a shoot, said of offspring, Romans 15:12 ; Revelation 5:5 ; 22:16 .

B — 1: ῥιζόω
(Strong's #4492 — Verb — rhizoo — hrid-zo'-o )

"to cause to take root," is used metaphorically in the Passive Voice in Ephesians 3:17 , of being "rooted" in love; Colossians 2:7 , in Christ, i.e., in the sense of being firmly planted, or established. In the Sept., Isaiah 40:24 ; Jeremiah 12:2 .

B — 2: ἐκριζόω
(Strong's #1610 — Verb — ekrizoo — ek-rid-zo'-o )

"to root out or up" (ek, "out," and No. 1), is rendered "to root up" in Matthew 13:29 ; 15:13 ; see PLUCK.

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

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