Distribute, Distribution - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Distribute, Distribution

[ A-1,Verb,G1239, diadidomi ]
lit., to give through," (dia, "through," didomi, "to give"), as from one to another, "to deal out," is said of "distributing" to the poor, Luke 18:22; Acts 4:35, "distribution was made," or to a company of people, John 6:11. It is translated "divideth" in Luke 11:22. In Revelation 17:13 the most authentic mss. have the verb didomi, to give, instead of the longer form.

[ A-2,Verb,G3307, merizo ]
is translated "hath distributed" in 1 Corinthians 7:17, and in the AV of 2 Corinthians 10:13, where, however, this rendering is unsuitable, as it is not a case of distributing among a number, but apportioning a measure to the Apostle and his co-workers; hence the RV, "apportioned." See DIFFER, A, No. 2.

Note: Koinoneo, "to share in common with," is translated "distributing" in Romans 12:13, AV. The verb does not mean "to distribute;" hence RV, "communicating." Similarly koinonia, "fellowship, communion," is translated "distribution" in 2 Corinthians 9:13, AV; RV, "contribution."

[ B-1,Adjective,G2130, eumetadotos ]
"ready to impart" (eu, "well," meta, "with," didomi, "to give:" See A, No. 1), is used in 1 Timothy 6:18, "ready to distribute."

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