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Entry for Strong's #4733 - στερέωμα

Word Origin
from (4732)
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. that which has been made firm
    1. the firmament, the arch of the sky, which in early times was thought to be solid
      1. a fortified place
    2. that which furnishes a foundation
      1. on which a thing rests firmly, support
    3. firmness, steadfastness
      1. metaph. in a military sense: solid front
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5553 ‑ סֶלַע (seh'‑lah);  7549 ‑ רָקִיעַ (raw‑kee'‑ah);  7834 ‑ שַׁחַק (shakh'‑ak);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (1) NAS (1) HCS (1)
Colossians 1
Colossians 1
Colossians 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

στερέ-ωμα, ατος, τό,

solid body, Hp. Flat. 8, Anaxag. ap. Placit. 2.25.9. ἄϋλα ς . immaterial solids, Dam. Pr. 425, cf. 205 .

2. foundation or framework, e.g. the skeleton, on which the body is, as it were, built, Arist. PA 655a22; στερεώματος ἕνεκα τοῦ περιτρήτου to strengthen it, Hero Bel. 95.8: metaph., solid part, strength of an army, LXX 1 Maccabees 9:14; also, ratification, ἐπιστολῆς ib. ; steadfastness, τῆς πίστεως Ep.Colossians 2:5 .

3. = στεῖρα (of a ship), Thphr. HP 5.7.3 .

4. firmament, i.e. the sky, the heaven above, LXX Genesis 1:6, Ezekiel 1:22, al.; τὸν τῶν οὐρανίων ς. δεσπότην Tab.Defix.Aud. 242.8 (Carthage, iii A.D. ).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

στερέωμα στερεώματος, τό (στερεόω), that which has been made firm;

a. (Vulg. firmamentum) the firmament; so the Sept. for רָקִיעַ , the arch of the sky, which in early times was thought to be solid, Genesis 1:6-8; Ezekiel 1:22-26; Sir. 43:1 (cf. B. D. (especially American edition) under the word ); a fortified place, 1 Esdr. 8:78 (80).

b. that which furnishes a foundation; on which a thing rests firmly, support: Aristotle, partt. an. 2, 9, 12, p. 655{a}, 22; κύριος στερέωμα μου, Psalm 17:3 ().

c. firmness, steadfastness: τῆς πίστεως, Colossians 2:5 (some take it here metaphorically in a military sense, solid front; cf. Lightfoot at the passage (per contra Meyer)).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

στερέωμα , -τος , τό

(< στερεόω ),

[in LXX: Genesis 1:6 ff., Psalms 19:1; Psalms 150:1, Ezekiel 1:22-26; Ezekiel 10:1; Ezekiel 13:5, Da LXX, TH Da 3:56, Daniel 12:3 (H7549), Deuteronomy 33:26 (H7834), Psalms 18:2; Psalms 71:3 (H5553), Es 9:29, 1 Esdras 8:78 (82), Sirach 43:1; Sirach 43:8, 1 Maccabees 9:14 *;]

a solid body;

(a) a support, foundation (Arist., al.); metaph., strength (Psalms 17:1-15; Psalms 70:1-5, 1Mac, ll. c.); steadfastness, firmness: τ . πίστεως , Colossians 2:5;

(b) the dome of heaven (believed to be a solid canopy), the firmament (LXX).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

";share the form of"; (see s.v. μορφή), and hence ";share the experience of,"; is found only in Philippians 3:10 and ecclesiastical writers.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
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