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pûr´chā́s : In modern English, "to acquire by payment," in Elizabethan English, "to acquire" by any means. In the Old Testament, the King James Version has used "purchase" to represent קנה , ḳānāh , and its derivatives (verb and noun), except in Leviticus 25:33 , where the word is גּאל , gā'al (the Revised Version (British and American) "redeem"). In the New Testament the noun does not occur and the verb is used for κτάομαι , ktáomai , in Acts 1:18 ; Acts 8:20 , and περιποιέω , peripoiéō , in Acts 20:28 ; 1 Timothy 3:13 . But none of these words connotes the payment of a price, so that the Revised Version (British and American) has kept the word only in Acts 20:28 (margin "acquired"), changing it into "obtain" in Acts 1:18 ; Acts 8:20 , and "gain" in 1 Timothy 3:13 . In the Old Testament, the Revised Version margin has "gotten" in Exodus 15:16 and the American Standard Revised Version has (very properly) introduced the same word into the text of Psalm 74:2 ; Psalm 78:54 .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Purchase'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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