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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mar´tẽr ( μαρτύς , martús , Aeolic μαρτύρ , martúr ): One who gives heed, and so, a "witness," so translated in numerous passages, both as of one bearing testimony, and also as of one who is a spectator of anything (see WITNESS ). In the King James Version rendered "martyr" in Acts 22:20 , "thy martyr Stephen"; and Revelation 2:13 , "Antipas my faithful martyr"; also Revelation 17:6 , "the blood of the martyrs of Jesus," where alone the American Standard Revised Version retains "martyrs." These 3 passages are the beginning of the use of the word "martyr" for such witnesses as were faithful even unto death, its uniform modern use.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Martyr'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/martyr.html. 1915.