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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Vex; Vexation

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veks , vek - sā´shun : "Vex," meaning originally to shake or toss in carrying, has a much more intensive meaning in Scripture than in common modern usage. It represents over a score of Hebrew and Greek words, most of them translated by this word only once, and many of them changed in the Revised Version (British and American) into other forms. Thus bāhēl in Psalm 6:2 , Psalm 6:3 , Psalm 6:10 . is in the American Standard Revised Version "troubled" (in Psalm 2:5 , the Revised Version margin. "trouble"); cārar in Nehemiah 9:27 is in the Revised Version (British and American) "distressed";. páschō in Matthew 17:15 is "suffereth grievously"; kakóō in Acts 12:1 is "afflict," etc. So "vexation only" in Isaiah 28:19 is in the Revised Version (British and American) "nought but terror," and there are other changes of this word (compare Deuteronomy 28:20 , "discomfiture"; Isaiah 9:1 , "in anguish"). On the other hand, the Revised Version (British and American) has "vex" for "distress" (Deuteronomy 2:9 , Deuteronomy 2:19 ); "they that vex" for "the adversaries of" (Isaiah 11:13 ); "vexeth himself" for "meddleth" (Proverbs 26:17 ), etc.

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

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