Move, Moved, Mover, Moving, Unmovable - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Move, Moved, Mover, Moving, Unmovable

[ A-1,Verb,G2795, kineo ]
to set in motion, move" (hence, e.g., Eng. "kinematics," "kinetics," "cinema"), is used
(a) of wagging the head, Matthew 27:39; Mark 15:29;
(b) of the general activity of the human being, Acts 17:28;
(c) of the "moving" of mountains, Revelation 6:14, in the sense of removing, as in Revelation 2:5, of removing a lampstand (there figuratively of causing a local church to be discontinued);
(d) figuratively, of exciting, stirring up feelings and passions, Acts 21:30 (Passive Voice); Acts 24:5, "a mover;"
(e) of "moving burdens," Matthew 23:4. See REMOVE, WAG. Cp. sunkineo, "to stir up," Acts 6:12.

[ A-2,Verb,G3334, metakineo ]
in the Active Voice, "to move something away" (not in the NT; in the Sept., e.g., Deuteronomy 19:14; Isaiah 54:10); in the Middle Voice, "to remove oneself, shift" translated in the Passive in Colossians 1:23, "be ... not moved away (from the hope of the gospel)."

[ A-3,Verb,G4579, seio ]
"to shake, move to and fro," usually of violent concussion (Eng., "seismic," "seismograph," "seismology"), is said
(a) of the earth as destined to be shaken by God, Hebrews 12:26;
(b) of a local convulsion of the earth, at the death of Christ, Matthew 27:51, "did quake;"
(c) of a fig tree, Revelation 6:13;
(d) metaphorically, to stir up with fear or some other emotion, Matthew 21:10, of the people of a city; Matthew 28:4, of the keepers or watchers, at the Lord's tomb, RV, "did quake" (AV, "did shake").

[ A-4,Verb,G4531, saleuo ]
"to shake," properly of the action of stormy wind, then, "to render insecure, stir up," is rendered "I should (not) be moved" in Acts 2:25, in the sense of being cast down or shaken from a sense of security and happiness, said of Christ, in a quotation from Psalms 16:8. See SHAKE, STIR (up).

[ A-5,Verb,G4525, saino ]
properly, of dogs, "to wag the tail, fawn;" hence, metaphorically of persons, "to disturb, disquiet," 1 Thessalonians 3:3, Passive Voice, "(that no man) be moved (by these afflictions)." Some have suggested the primary meaning, "to be wheedled, befooled, by pleasing utterances;" but Greek interpreters regard it as synonymous with No. 3, or with tarasso, "to disturb," and this is confirmed by the contrast with "establish" in 1 Thessalonians 3:2, and "stand fast" in 1 Thessalonians 3:8. A variant reading gives the verb siainesthai, "to be disheartened, unnerved."

[ A-6,Verb,G5342, phero ]
"to bear, carry," is rendered "being moved" in 2 Peter 1:21, signifying that they were "borne along," or impelled, by the Holy Spirit's power, not acting according to their own wills, or simply expressing their own thoughts, but expressing the mind of God in words provided and ministered by Him.


(1) In Mark 15:11, AV, anaseio, "to shake to and fro, stir up," is translated "moved" (RV, "stirred up," as in Luke 23:5, AV and RV).

(2) In Acts 20:24 some mss. have a phrase translated "none of these things move me." The text for which there is most support gives the rendering "but I hold not my life of any account, as dear unto myself." Field suggests a reading, the translation of which is, "neither make I account of anything, nor think my life dear unto myself."

(3) In 1 Corinthians 15:34, for the more literal AV, "I speak this to your shame," the RV has "I speak this to move you to shame."

(4) For "moved with godly fear" See FEAR, D, No. 2.


[ B-1,Adjective,G761, asaleutos ]
"unmoved, immoveable" (from a, negative, and A, No. 4), is translated "unmoveable" in Acts 27:41; "which cannot be moved" in Hebrews 12:28, AV (RV, "that cannot be shaken"). In the Sept., Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8; Deuteronomy 11:18.

[ B-2,Adjective,G277, ametakinetos ]
"firm, immoveable" (a, negative, and A, No. 2), is used in 1 Corinthians 15:58.

[ C-1,Noun,G2796, kinesis ]
"a moving" (akin to A, No. 1), is found in John 5:3 (in many ancient authorities, RV, marg.), of the "moving" of the water at the pool of Bethesda.

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