Vessel - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G4632, skeuos ]
is used
(a) of a vessel or implement" of various kinds, Mark 11:16; Luke 8:16; John 19:29; Acts 10:11, Acts 10:16; Acts 11:5; Acts 27:17 (a sail); Romans 9:21; 2 Timothy 2:20; Hebrews 9:21; Revelation 2:27; Revelation 18:12;
(b) of "goods or household stuff," Matthew 12:29 and Mark 3:27, "goods;" Luke 17:31, RV, "goods" (AV, "stuff");
(c) of "persons,"

(1) for the service of God, Acts 9:15, "a (chosen) vessel;" 2 Timothy 2:21, "a vessel (unto honor);"

(2) the "subjects" of Divine wrath, Romans 9:22;

(3) the "subjects" of Divine mercy, Romans 9:23;

(4) the human frame, 2 Corinthians 4:7; perhaps 1 Thessalonians 4:4;

(5) a husband and wife, 1 Peter 3:7; of the wife, probably, 1 Thessalonians 4:4; while the exhortation to each one "to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor" is regarded by some as referring to the believer's body [cp. Romans 6:13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; See No.

(4)], the view that the "vessel" signifies the wife, and that the reference is to the sanctified maintenance of the married state, is supported by the facts that in 1 Peter 3:7 the same word time, "honor," is used with regard to the wife; again in Hebrews 13:4, timios, "honorable" (RV, "in honor") is used in regard to marriage; further, the preceding command in 1 Thess. 4 is against fornication, and the succeeding one (1 Thessalonians 4:6) is against adultery. In Ruth 4:10, Sept., ktaomai, "to possess," is used of a wife.

[ 2,,G30, angos ]
denotes "a jar" or "pail," Matthew 13:48, in the best texts (some have No. 3). It is used, in an inscription, of a cinerary urn.

[ 3,,G30, angeion ]
denotes "a small vessel" (a diminutive of No. 2), e.g., for carrying oil, Matthew 25:4.

Note: For phaulos, James 3:16, RV, See EVIL, A, No. 3.

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