Certain, Certainty, Certainly, Certify - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Certain, Certainty, Certainly, Certify

[ A-1,Noun,G803, asphaleia ]
primarily, not liable to fall, steadfast, firm," hence denoting "safety," Acts 5:23, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3, has the further meaning, "certainty," Luke 1:4. See SAFETY.

[ B-1,Adjective,G804, asphales ]
safe, is translated "certainty," Acts 21:34; Acts 22:30; "certain," Acts 25:26; "safe," Philippians 3:1; "sure," Hebrews 6:19. See SAFE, SURE.


(1) Delos, "evident, visible," is translated "certain" in 1 Timothy 6:7, AV. The most authentic mss. omit it.

(2) The rendering "certain," is frequently changed in the RV, or omitted, e.g., Luke 5:12; Luke 8:22; Acts 23:17; Hebrews 2:6; Hebrews 4:4.

(3) The indefinite pronoun tis signifies "anyone, some one, a certain one;" the neuter, ti, "a certain thing," e.g., Matthew 20:20; Mark 14:51.

(4) In the AV of Galatians 1:11, gnorizo is rendered "certify," RV, "to make known."

(5) For "a certain island," Acts 27:16, See the RV, "small island."

(6) In 1 Corinthians 4:11, the verb astateo, "to be unsettled, to lead a homeless life," is rendered "we ... have no certain dwelling place." The unsettlement conveyed by the word has suggested the meaning "we are vagabonds" or "we lead a vagabond life," a probable significance.

[ C-1,Adverb,G3689, ontos ]
"really, actually, verily" (from eimi, "to be"), is translated "certainly" in Luke 23:47. See CLEAN, INDEED, TRUTH, VERILY.

[ C-2,Adverb,G3843, pantos ]

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