Mean (Verb) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Mean (Verb)

[ 1,,G1510, eimi ]
to be," in certain of its forms, has an explicative force, signifying "to denote, to import," e.g., Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7, "(what this) meaneth," lit., "(what this) is;" Luke 18:36, "meant" (lit., "might be"); Acts 10:17, "might mean," RV (lit., "might be"); in Luke 15:26 the RV keeps to the verb "to be," "(what these things) might be" (AV, "meant"). In Acts 2:12 the verb "to be" is preceded by thelo, "to will," and the phrase is translated "(what) meaneth (this)," lit., "(what) does (this) will to be?" in Acts 17:20, lit., "(what do these things) will to be?"

[ 2,,G3004, lego ]
"to say," sometimes has the significance of "meaning" something; so the RV in 1 Corinthians 1:12; AV, "(this) I say." Notes:

(1) In Acts 27:2, AV, mello, "to be about to," is translated "meaning" (RV, "was about to"), with reference to the ship (according to the best mss.).

(2) In Acts 21:13, AV, poieo, "to do," is translated "(what) mean ye (to weep);" RV, "(what) do ye, (weeping)."

(3) The abbreviated original in 2 Corinthians 8:13 is rendered by the italicized additions, AV, "I mean (not)," RV, "I say (not) this." Cp. the RV italics in Mark 6:2.

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