Suppose - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3543, nomizo ]
to consider, suppose, think," is rendered "to suppose" in Matthew 20:10; Luke 2:34; Luke 3:23; Acts 7:25; Acts 14:19; Acts 16:27; Acts 21:29; 1 Timothy 6:5; in 1 Corinthians 7:26, AV (RV, "I think"); in Acts 16:13, the RV adheres to the meaning "to suppose," "(where) we supposed (there was a place of prayer);" this word also signifies "to practice a custom" (nomos) and is commonly so used by Greek writers. Hence the AV, "was wont (to be made);" it is rendered "to think" in Matthew 5:17; Matthew 10:34; Acts 8:20; Acts 17:29; 1 Corinthians 7:36. See THINK.

[ 2,,G1380, dokeo ]
"to be of opinion," is translated "to suppose" in Mark 6:49; Luke 24:37; John 20:15; Acts 27:13; in the following, AV "suppose," RV, "think," Luke 12:51; Luke 13:2; Hebrews 10:29. It is most frequently rendered "to think," always in Matthew; always in John, except John 11:31, "supposing," RV [where the best texts have this verb (for lego, AV, "saying")], and John 20:15 (See above).

[ 3,,G5274, hupolambano ]
when used of metal action, signifies "to suppose," Luke 7:43; Acts 2:15. See ANSWER, RECEIVE.

[ 4,,G5282, huponoeo ]
"to suspect, to conjecture," is translated "suppose ye" in Acts 13:25, RV (AV, "think ye"); "I supposed" in Acts 25:18. See DEEM.

[ 5,,G3633,oiomai / oimai ] signifies "to expect, imagine, suppose;" it is rendered "to suppose" in John 21:25; Philippians 1:17, RV (AV, Philippians 1:16, "thinking"); "think" in James 1:7. See THINK.


(1) In 2 Corinthians 11:5, AV, logizomai, "to reckon" (RV), is rendered "I suppose;" so in 1 Peter 5:12, AV, RV, "(as) I account (him);" Silvanus was not supposed by Peter to be faithful, he was "reckoned" or regarded so.

(2) In Philippians 2:25, AV, hegeomai, "to reckon, deem," is rendered "I supposed" (RV, "I counted").

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