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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

While, Whiles, Whilst

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* Notes: (1) See LITTLE , B, No. 1. (2) In Matthew 13:21 , proskairos estin, lit., "is for a season," is rendered "dureth (RV, endureth) for a while." (3) Chronos, "time," is rendered "while" in Luke 18:4 ; John 7:33 ; 12:35 (1st part); 1 Corinthians 16:7 ; kairos, "a season," "a while," Luke 8:13 ; in Acts 19:22 , RV, "while" (AV, "season"); for the different meanings of these words see SEASON. (4) In Acts 18:18 , AV, "a good while," is, lit., "sufficient days," RV, "many days." (5) In Acts 28:6 , AV, epi polu, lit., "upon much," is rendered "a great while" (RV, "long"). (6) For Mark 1:35 see DAY , B. (7) In Mark 15:44 palai, "long ago," is rendered "any while." (8) In Acts 27:33 ; Hebrews 3:13 achri (or achris) followed by hou, the genitive case of the relative pronoun hos, lit., "until which," is rendered "while;" cp. en ho, in Mark 2:19 ; Luke 5:34 ; John 5:7 ; en to, in Luke 1:21 , RV, "while;" in Hebrews 3:15 , "while it is said," is, lit., "in the being said" (en, with the article and the pres. infin., Passive of lego); so, e.g., in Matthew 13:25 (9) In Hebrews 10:33 , AV., "whilst ye were made," partly translating the present participle of theatrizomai, "to become a gazing-stock," RV, "being made;" in the 2nd part, ginomai, "to become," is translated "whilst ye became," AV (RV, "becoming"). (10) The conjunction heos, "until," etc., has the meaning "while" in Matthew 14:22 ; Mark 6:45 ; 14:32 ; in some texts, John 9:4 ; 12:35,36 ; with hotou, "whatever" (an oblique case, neuter, of hostis, "whoever"), "whiles," Matthew 5:25 . (11) In Acts 20:11 hikanos, "sufficient," is rendered "a long while." (12) Hos, as, "while" in Luke 24:32 (twice); John 12:35,36 ; Acts 1:10 ; 10:17 . (13) Hotan, "when," is rendered "while" in 1 Corinthians 3:4 , AV (RV, "when"). (14) Hote, "when," is rendered "while" in John 17:12 ; Hebrews 9:17 . (15) In John 4:31 metaxu, "between," used with en to, "in the," is rendered "meanwhile;" in Romans 2:15 metaxu is itself rendered "the mean while" (RV, "between"). (16) In Acts 18:18 , RV, hikanos is rendered "many" (AV, "good"). (17) In 1 Peter 1:6 , RV, oligon, "a little," is rendered "for a little while" (AV, "for a season").


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'While, Whiles, Whilst'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/w/while-whiles-whilst.html. 1940.

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