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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary Greek Lexicon
Strong's #4186 - πολύτιμος
- very valuable, of great price
( τιμή )
much-revered, θεοί Men. 109.1 .
II highly priced, μουσοεργός Hp. Nat.Puer. 13; very costly, AP 5.35.5 ( Rufin. ), Babr. 57.9 . Adv. -μως Plb. 14.2.3 (nisi leg. -τελῶς ).
πολύτιμος, πολύτιμον (πολύς, τιμή), very valuable, of great price: Matthew 13:46; Matthew 26:7 L T Tr marginal reading; John 12:3; comparitive πολυτιμότερον, 1 Peter 1:7, where Rec. πολύ τιμιώτερον. (Plutarch, Pomp. 5; Herodian, 1, 17, 5 (3 edition, Bekker); Anthol., others.)
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* πολύτιμος , -ον (< πολύς , τιμή ),
1. much revered (Menand.).
2. very costly, very precious: Matthew 13:46; Matthew 26:7 (βαρύτιμος , WH), John 12:3; comparat., 1 Peter 1:7.†
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The derived meaning ";purpose,"; ";plan,"; as in Acts 11:23, Ephesians 1:11, 2 Timothy 3:10 al., may be illustrated by P Tebt I. 27.81 (B.C. 113) ἔκαστα χωρῆσαι κατὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν πρόθεσιν, ";that everything should proceed according to the method prescribed by us"; (Edd.), Syll 929 (=.3 685).35 (B.C. 139) τῆς δὲ προθέσεως ἡμῶν μὴ τελειουμένης. In P Amh II. 148.12 (A.D. 487) we have ἑτέραν μοι ἐνδοῦναι πρόθε [σ ]ιν, ";to grant me a further period"; (Edd.), for the repayment of a loan. We may also note Arist. Rhet. xiii. 3. 3 where πρόθεσις and πίστις refer to the ";statement of the case"; and the ";proof"; respectively.
For a suggestion that the LXX phrase οἱ ἄρτοι τῆς προθέσεως, found in Mark 2:26 al. (cf. Hebrews 9:2 ἡ πρόθεσις τῶν ἄρτων), and indicating that the loaves were placed before God, may have been due to the reminiscence of a ceremonial custom of the time, see Deissmann BS p. 157.
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