Friend (make one's) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Friend (make one's)

[ A-1,Noun,G5384, philos ]
primarily an adjective, denoting loved, dear, or friendly," became used as a noun,
(a) masculine, Matthew 11:19; fourteen times in Luke (once feminine, Luke 15:9); six in John; three in Acts; two in James, James 2:23, "the friend of God;" James 4:4, "a friend of the world;" 3 John 1:14 (twice);
(b) feminine, Luke 15:9, "her friends."

[ A-2,Noun,G2083, hetairos ]
"a comrade, companion, partner," is used as a term of kindly address in Matthew 20:13; Matthew 22:12; Matthew 26:50. This, as expressing comradeship, is to be distinguished from No. 1, which is a term of endearment. Some mss. have the word in Matthew 11:16; the best have heterois, others, AV and RV, "fellows." See FELLOW.


(1) The phrase hoi para autou, in Mark 3:21, "his friends," lit. means "the (ones) beside Him," i.e., those belonging to him.

(2) In Mark 5:19, "thy friends" represents the phrase hoi soi, lit., "the (ones) to thee," i.e., "thine own."

[ B-1,Verb,G3982, peitho ]
"to persuade, influence," is rendered "having made ... their friend" in Acts 12:20, of the folks of Tyre and Sidon in winning the good will of Blastus, Herod's chamberlain, possibly with bribes. See ASSURE, B, No. 3.

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