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Entry for Strong's #3483 - ναί

Word Origin
a primary particle of strong affirmation
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. yea, verily, truly, assuredly, even so
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (34) NAS (1) HCS (33)
Matthew 8
Mark 1
Luke 4
John 3
Acts 2
Romans 1
2 Corinthians 4
Philemon 1
James 1
Revelation 4
Luke 1
Matthew 9
Luke 4
John 3
Acts 2
Romans 1
2 Corinthians 6
Philippians 1
Philemon 1
James 2
Revelation 4
PRT 37
PRT 31
PRT 34
PRT 27
PRT 36

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. Adv., used to express strong affirmation, yea, verily, in Hom. mostly folld. by δή, ν. δὴ ταῦτά γε πάντα.. κατὰ μοῖραν ἔειπες Il. 1.286, al.; ν. μήν Emp. 76.2; ν. μάν Theoc. 27.27; ν. μέν A.R. 2.151; ν. μέντοι Luc. Astr. 14: used alone, σὲ κρίνω, ν. σέ yea thee, S. El. 1445; ἀποκρίνασθαι ν. ἢ οὔ Arist. Top. 158a16, etc.; τὸ ε οὐκ ἔστι χαρακτηριστικὸν.., τὸ δὲ ᾱ ναί Choerob. in Theod. 2.85.

2. freq. in oaths, ν. μά yea by.., v. μά; ν. alone, ν. τὰν Κόραν Ar. V. 1438, cf. E. Ba. 534 (lyr.); ν. τὸν Ποτιδᾶν Epich. 81; ν. τὼ σιώ X. HG 4.4.10; ν. πρὸς θεῶν ἀρήξατ ' E. Med. 1277.


1. in answers, yes, τοῦτ' ἐτήτυμον; Answ. ν. A. Pers. 738 (troch.), cf. S. El. 845 (lyr.), Pl. Tht. 193a, Grg. 448b, etc.; doubled, Ar. Nu. 1468, Call. Fr. 1.56 P., Matthew 5:37.

2. ν. folld. by ἀλλά, etc., to mark a qualified assent, yes, but.., Aeschin. 3.84; ν., κατὰ σχολήν γε ἴσως· οὐ μήν.. Pl. Sph. 226e, cf. R. 415e.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ναί, a particle of assertion or confirmation (akin to νή; cf. Donaldson, Cratylus § 189), from Homer down, yea, verily, truly, assuredly, even so: Matthew 11:26; Luke 10:21; Philemon 1:20; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 16:7; Revelation 22:20; ναί, λέγω ὑμῖν κτλ., Matthew 11:9; Luke 7:26; Luke 11:51; Luke 12:5; ναί, λέγει τό πνεῦμα, Revelation 14:13; it is responsive and confirmatory of the substance of some question or statement: Matthew 9:28; Matthew 13:51; Matthew 15:27; Matthew 17:25; Matthew 21:16; Mark 7:28; John 11:27; John 21:15; Acts 5:8 (); ; Romans 3:29; a repeated ναί, most assuredly (A. V. yea, yea), expresses emphatic assertion, Matthew 5:37; ἤτω ὑμῶν τό ναί ναί, let your ναί be ναί, i. e. let your allegation be true, James 5:12 (Buttmann, 163 (142); Winer's Grammar, 59 (58)); εἶναι or γίνεσθαι ναί καί οὐ, to be or show oneself double-tongued, i. e. faithless, wavering, false, 2 Corinthians 1:18f; ἵνα παῥ ἐμοί τό ναί ναί καί τό οὐ οὐ, that with me should be found both a solemn affirmation and a most emphatic denial, i. e. that I so form my resolves as, at the dictate of pleasure or profit, not to carry them out, ibid. 17 (cf. Winer's Grammar, 460 (429)); ναί ἐν αὐτῷ γέγονεν, in him what was promised has come to pass, 2 Corinthians 1:19; ἐπαγγελίαι ἐν αὐτῷ τό ναί namely, γεγόνασιν, have been fulfilled, have been confirmed by the event, 2 Corinthians 1:20 (cf. Meyer at the passage). It is a particle of appeal or entreaty, like the (English yea) (German ja): with an imperative, ναί ... συλλαμβάνου αὐταῖς, Philippians 4:3 (where Rec. has καί for ναί); ναί ἔρχου, Revelation 22:20 Rec.; so ναί ναί, Judith 9:12. (A classification of the uses of ναί in the N. T. is given by Ellicott on Philippians 4:3; cf. Green, 'Grit. Note' on Matthew 11:26.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ναί ,

particle of affirmation,

yea, verily, even so; in answer to a question: Matthew 9:28; Matthew 13:51; Matthew 17:25; Matthew 21:16, John 11:27; John 21:15-16, Acts 5:8; Acts 22:27, Romans 3:29; seq. λέγω ὑμῖν , Matthew 11:9, Luke 7:26; repeated for emphasis, ναὶ ναί (opp. to οὒ οὔ ): Matthew 5:37; ἤτω ὑμῶν τὸ ναὶ ναί , James 5:12; ν . καὶ οὔ , 2 Corinthians 1:18-19; ἵνα ᾖ . . . τὸ ναὶ ναί , 2 Corinthians 1:17; τὸ ν ., 2 Corinthians 1:20; in assent to an assertion: Matthew 15:27, Mark 7:28, Revelation 14:13; Revelation 16:7; in confirmation of a previous assertion: Matthew 11:26, Luke 10:21; Luke 11:51; Luke 12:5, Philippians 4:3, Philemon 1:20; in solemn asseveration Revelation 1:7; Revelation 22:20.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

With Matthew 21:19 ἐξηράνθη παραχρῆμα ἡ συκῆ may be compared the interesting report regarding a persea tree, addressed to the logistes of Oxyrhynchus. The president of the guild of carpenters who had been commissioned to examine the tree states that he found it—ἄκαρπον οὖσαν πολλ [ ]ν ἐτῶν διόλου ξηραντῖσαν (l. ξηρανθεῖσαν) καὶ μὴ δύνασθαι ἐντε [ ]θε [ν καρ ]ποὺ [ς ] ἀποδιδόναι, ";barren for many years, quite dried up and unable to produce any more fruit"; (P Oxy I. 53.9 ff.—A.D. 316) : cf. P Oxy IX. 1188.19, .21, .23 (A.D. 13), and on the value and associations of the persea tree see Wilcken Archiv i. p. 127. Other exx. of the verb are BGU IV. 1040.43 (ii/A.D.) τάχα δύνασαι ἀναβιονα [ . . ]αι (? ἀναβιώσασθαι) τὴν ποτίστραν (";watering-place"; ), εἰ δὲ μή, ξηραίν [ετ ]αι, P Leid Wi. 26 (ii/iii A.D.) (= II. p. 83) ξήρανον ἐν σκιᾷ (of flowers used in magic), and P Flor II. 148.11 (A.D. 266–7) τὰ δὲ τεμνόμενα φυτὰ εὐθέως εἰς ὕδωρ βαλλέσθω ἵνα μὴ ξηρανθῇ. MGr ξεραίνω ";I dry.";


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