Contain - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G5562, choreo ]
(a), lit., to give space, make room" (chora, "a place"); hence, transitively, "to have space or room for a thing, to contain," said of the waterpots as "containing" a certain quantity, John 2:6; of a space large enough to hold a number of people, Mark 2:2; of the world as not possible of "containing" certain books, John 21:25;
(b) "to go," Matthew 15:17; "to have place," John 8:37; "to come," 2 Peter 3:9;
(c) metaphorically, "of receiving with the mind," Matthew 19:11-Matthew 19:12; or "into the heart," 2 Corinthians 7:2. See COME (No. 24), GO, PLACE, RECEIVE, ROOM.

[ 2,,G4023, periecho ]
lit., "to have round" (peri, "around," echo, "to have"), means "to encompass, enclose, contain," as a writing contains details, 1 Peter 2:6. Some mss. have it in Acts 23:25, lit., "having this form" (the most authentic have echo, "to have"). For the secondary meaning, "amazed" (AV, "astonished"), Luke 5:9 (lit., "amazement encompassed," i.e., seized, him).


(1) The verb allegoreo in Galatians 4:24, RV, is translated "contain an allegory" (AV, "are an allegory"), i.e., they apply the facts of the narrative to illustrate principles.

(2) In Ephesians 2:15 "the law of commandments contained in ordinances" is, lit., "the law of commandments in ordinances."

(3) In Romans 2:14, the RV, translating literally, has "the things of the Law;" the AV inserts the words "contained in."

(4) In 1 Corinthians 7:9, for the AV, "if they cannot contain," See CONTINENCY.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words