Bond - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G1199, desmos ]
from deo, to bind" (See BAND), is usually found in the plural, either masculine or neuter;
(a) it stands thus for the actual "bonds" which bind a prisoner, as in Luke 8:29; Acts 16:26; Acts 20:23 (the only three places where the neuter plural is used); Acts 22:30;
(b) the masculine plural stands frequently in a figurative sense for "a condition of imprisonment," Philippians 1:7, Philippians 1:13, i.e., "so that my captivity became manifest as appointed for the cause of Christ;" Philippians 1:14, Philippians 1:16; Colossians 4:18; 2 Timothy 2:9; Philemon 1:10, Philemon 1:13; Hebrews 10:34.

In Mark 7:35 "the bond (AV string)" stands metaphorically for "the infirmity which caused an impediment in his speech." So in Luke 13:16, of the infirmity of the woman who was bowed together. See BAND, CHAIN, STRING.

[ 2,,G1198, desmios ]
"a binding," denotes "a prisoner," e.g., Acts 25:14, RV, for the AV, "in bonds;" Hebrews 13:3, "them that are in bonds," Paul speaks of himself as a prisoner of Christ, Ephesians 3:1; 2 Timothy 1:8; Philemon 1:1, Philemon 1:9; "in the Lord," Ephesians 4:1. See PRISONER.

[ 3,,G4886, sundesmos ]
"that which binds together" (sum, "with," and No. 1), is said of "the bond of iniquity," Acts 8:23; "the bond of peace," Ephesians 4:3; "the bond of perfectness," Colossians 3:14 (figurative of the ligaments of the body); elsewhere; Colossians 2:19, "bands," figuratively of the bands which unite the church, the body of Christ. See BAND.

[ 4,,G254, halusis ]
denotes "a chain;" so the RV in Ephesians 6:20, for AV "bonds." See CHAIN.

[ 5,,G1112, gramma ]
in Luke 16:6, RV, means "a bill or note of hand." See BILL, No. 2.

[ 6,,G5498, cheirographon ]
"a handwriting," is rendered "bond" in Colossians 2:14, RV.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words