Loose - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ A-1,Verb,G3089, luo ]
(a) to loose, unbind, release,"

(1) of things, e.g., in Acts 7:33, RV, "loose (the shoes)," AV, "put off;" Mark 1:7;

(2) of animals, e.g., Matthew 21:2;

(3) of persons, e.g., John 11:44; Acts 22:30;

(4) of Satan, Revelation 20:3, Revelation 20:7, and angels, Revelation 9:14-Revelation 9:15;

(5) metaphorically, of one diseased, Luke 13:16; of the marriage tie, 1 Corinthians 7:27; of release from sins, Revelation 1:5 (in the most authentic mss.);
(b) "to loosen, break up, dismiss, dissolve, destory;" in this sense it is translated "to loose" in Acts 2:24, of the pains of death; in Revelation 5:2, of the seals of a roll. See BREAK, DESTROY, DISSOLVE, MELT, PUT (off), UNLOOSE.

[ A-2,Verb,G630, apoluo ]
apo, "from," and No. 1, denotes
(a) "to set free, release," translated "loosed" in Luke 13:12, of deliverance from an infirmity; in Matthew 18:27, AV, "loosed" (RV, "released"), of a debtor;
(b) "to let go, dismiss," e.g., Matthew 14:15, Matthew 14:22. See DEPART, DISMISS, DIVORCE, FORGIVE, LET (go), LIBERTY, PUT (away), RELEASE, SEND (away).

[ A-3,Verb,G447, aniemi ]
"to send back" (ana, "back," hiemi, "to send"), "to leave, forbear," is translated "to loose," in Acts 16:26, of the "loosening" of bonds; Acts 27:40, rudder bands. Elsewhere, Ephesians 6:9; Hebrews 13:5. See FORBEAR, LEAVE.

[ A-4,Verb,G321, anago ]


(1) In Acts 27:13, AV, airo, "to lift," is translated "loosing (thence)" (RV, "they weighed anchor").

(2) For katargeo, translated "she is loosed" in Romans 7:2, AV (RV "discharged"), See ABOLISH.

[ B-1,Noun,G3080, lusis ]
"a loosening" (akin to A, No. 1), 1 Corinthians 7:27, of divorce, is translated "to be loosed," lit., "loosing." In the second part of the verse the verb luo is used. In the Sept., Ecclesiastes 8:1, with the meaning "interpretation."

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