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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1001 - βολίζω
- to heave the lead, take a sounding
- a line and plummet with which mariners sound the depth of the sea
heave the lead, take soundings, Acts 27:28, Eust. 563.30: — Pass., sink in water, Gp. 6.17.
(< βολίς , in sense of sounding-lead),
to heave the lead, take soundings: Acts 27:28.†
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The adj. βόλιμος is found quater in Syll 140 (B.C. 353–2), meaning ";leaden"; : see Dittenberger on l..26 and Boisacq s.v. μόλυβδος . Thackeray (Gr. i. p. 106) notes μόλιμος and βόλιβον from MSS of LXX, which may illustrate the survival of some of the widely divergent forms current in earlier Greek dialects. The name of ";lead"; is supposed to have been borrowed very early (before Homer), perhaps from Iberians in Spain : cf. reff. in Walde Lat. Etym..2 s.v. plumbum. It is at least possible that βολίς in the sense plummet (acc. to Homeric scholia) may be really ";the lead,"; with form affected by βολή etc. from βάλλω . However this may be, the verb βολίζω ";sound"; is very instructive as a ἅπ . εἰρ . in Acts 27:28 : eleven centuries later, the Homeric scholar Eustathius uses it as familiar from ancient Greek, and he does not mention Luke or hint that he remembered what for us happens to be the solitary example of the word : see the quotations from Eustathius in Wetstein ad loc. It is sufficiently obvious that Luke did not coin the word, and its history may help less obvious cases elsewhere.
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