Way - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3598, hodos ]
(a) a natural path, road, way," frequent in the Synoptic Gospels; elsewhere, e.g., Acts 8:26; 1 Thessalonians 3:11; James 2:25; Revelation 16:12;
(b) "a traveler's way" (See JOURNEY);
(c) metaphorically, of "a course of conduct," or "way of thinking," e.g., of righteousness, Matthew 21:32; 2 Peter 2:21; of God, Matthew 22:16, and parallels, i.e., the "way" instructed and approved by God; so Acts 18:26; Hebrews 3:10, "My ways" (cp. Revelation 15:3); of the Lord, Acts 18:25; "that leadeth to destruction," Matthew 7:13; "... unto life," Matthew 7:14; of peace, Luke 1:79; Romans 3:17; of Paul's "ways" in Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:17 (plural); "more excellent" (of love), 1 Corinthians 12:31; of truth, 2 Peter 2:2; of the right "way," 2 Peter 2:15; of Balaam (id); of Cain, Jude 1:11; of a "way" consisting in what is from God, e.g., of life, Acts 2:28 (plural); of salvation, Acts 16:17; personified, of Christ as the means of access to the Father, John 14:6; of the course followed and characterized by the followers of Christ, Acts 9:2; Acts 19:9, Acts 19:23; Acts 24:22. See HIGHWAY.

Note: In Luke 5:19; Luke 19:4 the noun is not expressed in the original, but is understood.

[ 2,,G3938, parodos ]
"a passing or passage," is used with en, "in," 1 Corinthians 16:7, "by the way" (lit, "in passing").

[ 3,,G5158, tropos ]
"a turning, a manner," is translated "way" in Romans 3:2, "(every) way;" Philippians 1:18, "(in every) way." See CONVERSATION, MANNER, MEANS.


(1) In James 1:11, AV, poreia, "a journey, a going,").

(2) In Hebrews 12:17, topos, "a place," is rendered in AV marg., "way (to change his mind)."

(3) For the AV rendering of makran "a good (or great) way off," Matthew 8:30; Luke 15:20, See FAR, B, No. 1.

(4) In Luke 14:32, porro is rendered "a great way off."

(5) In Hebrews 5:2, AV, planao, Middle Voice, "to wander," is rendered "(them) that are out of the way," RV, "(the) erring."

(6) In Colossians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:7, ek mesou, is translated "out of the way;" See MIDST, Note

(7) For "two ways" in Mark 11:4, AV See STREET.

(8) In John 10:1, the adverb allachothen, "from some other place" (from allos, "another"), is translated "some other way."

(9) In 2 Peter 3:1, the AV translates en "by way of" ("by," RV).
(10) In Galatians 2:5, the renderings "by," AV, "in the way of," RV, serve to express the dative case of hupotage, subjection.
(11) For propempo, "to bring on one's way," Acts 15:3; Acts 21:5, and the AV of 2 Corinthians 1:16 (RV, "to be set forward on my journey"), See BRING, No. 25.
(12) Aperchomai, "to go away," is rendered "to go one's way," e.g., Matthew 13:25; Matthew 20:4; Mark 11:4; Mark 12:12; Luke 19:32; John 11:46; Acts 9:17; James 1:24, See GO, No. 14.
(13) In Luke 8:14, AV, poreuomai, "to go on one's way" (RV), is rendered "go forth;" in Luke 13:33, AV, "walk" (RV, "go on my way"); in Matthew 24:1, AV, it is rendered "departed" (RV, "was going on his way"): See DEPART, No. 8.
(14) In Acts 24:3, pante is rendered "in all ways" (AV, "always").
(15) In Romans 3:12, AV, ekklino, "to turn aside" (RV), is rendered "are gone out of the way."
(16) See also ESCAPE, B, LASCIVIOUS.

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