Draw (away, back, nigh, on, out, up) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Draw (away, back, nigh, on, out, up)

(A) In the sense of dragging, pulling, or attracting:"

[ 1,,G307, anabibazo ]
a causal form of anabaino, "to go up," denotes, lit., "to make go up, cause to ascend" (ana, "up," bibazo, "to cause to mount"), hence, "to draw a boat up on land," Matthew 13:48.

[ 2,,G1670, helko ]
is translated "to draw" in the AV, of Acts 21:30; James 2:6; See DRAG, No. 2.

[ 3,,G4951, suro ]
See DRAG, No. 1.

[ 4,,G4685, spao ]
"to draw or pull," is used, in the Middle Voice, of "drawing" a sword from its sheath, Mark 14:47; Acts 16:27.

[ 5,,G385, anaspao ]
ana, "up," and No. 4, "to draw up," is used of "drawing" up an animal out of a pit, Luke 14:5 (RV, "draw up;" AV, "pull out"), and of the "drawing" up of the sheet into heaven, in the vision in Acts 11:10.

[ 6,,G645, apospao ]
apo, "from," and No. 4, "to draw away," lit., "to wrench away from," is used of a sword, Matthew 26:51; of "drawing" away disciples into error, Acts 20:30; of Christ's "withdrawal" from the disciples, in Gethsemane, Luke 22:41, AV, "was withdrawn," RV, "was parted" (or "was reft away from them"); of "parting" from a company, Acts 21:1 (AV, "were gotten," RV, "were parted"). See GET, PART.

[ 7,,G501, antleo ]
signified, primarily, "to draw out a ship's bilgewater, to bale or pump out" (from antlos, "bilge-water"), hence, "to draw water" in any way (ana, "up," and a root, tel---, "to lift, bear"), John 2:8-John 2:9; John 4:7, John 4:15.

Note: In John 4:11, "to draw with" translates the corresponding noun antlema, "a bucket for drawing water by a rope."

[ 8,,G1828, exelko ]
ek, "out of," and No. 2, "to draw away, or lure forth," is used metaphorically in James 1:14, of being "drawn away" by lust. As in hunting or fishing the game is "lured" from its haunt, so man's lust "allures" him from the safety of his self-restraint.

[ 9,,G392, anatassomai ]
"to arrange in order," is used in Luke 1:1; RV, "to draw up" (some interpret the word to mean to "bring together" from memory assisted by the Holy Spirit).

(B) In the sense of "approaching or withdrawing:"

[ 10,,G1448, engizo ]
"to come near, draw nigh" (akin to engus, "near"), is translated by the verb "draw near or nigh," in the RV, Luke 12:33, AV, "approacheth;" Hebrews 10:25, AV, "approaching;" Luke 18:35; Luke 19:29, Luke 19:37; Acts 22:6, AV, "was come nigh;" Luke 7:12, "came nigh;" Acts 9:3, "came near." See APPROACH.

[ 11,,G4334, proserchomai ]
is translated "draw near" in Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 7:25, RV, Hebrews 10:22, AV and RV; in Acts 7:31, "drew near." See COME, GO.

[ 12,,G4317, prosago ]
used transitively, "to bring to;" intransitively, "to draw near," is so rendered in Acts 27:27. See BRING.

[ 13,,G5288, hupostello ]
"to draw back, withdraw," perhaps a metaphor from lowering a sail and so slackening the course, and hence of being remiss in holding the truth; in the Active Voice, rendered "drew back" in Galatians 2:12, RV (AV, "withdrew"); in the Middle, in Hebrews 10:38, "shrink back" RV (AV, "draw back"); the prefix hupo, "underneath," is here suggestive of stealth. In Hebrews 10:39 the corresponding noun, hupostole, is translated "of them that shrinking back"). In Acts 20:20, Acts 20:27, "shrank," RV. See KEEP, Note

[ 14,,G868, aphistemi ]
See DEPART, A, No. 20.

[ 15,,G1096, ginomai ]
"to become, begin to be," is translated "drawing nigh," in John 6:19. See BECOME.

[ 16,,G2020, epihosko ]
"to dawn" (lit., "to make to shine upon"), is said of the approach of the Sabbath, Luke 23:54 (marg., "began to dawn"); cp. Matthew 28:1. See DAWN, A, No. 3.


(1) In Mark 6:53, prosormizo, "to bring a ship (or boat) to anchor, cast anchor, land at a place" (pros, "to," hormizo, "to moor, bring to anchorage"), is translated "moored to the shore," in the RV, for AV, "drew."

(2) In Acts 19:33, where the most authentic mss. have sumbibazo, the RV translates it "brought" (marg., "instructed"), AV, "draw out." Some mss. have probibazo, "to bring or drag forward." See BRING, No. 24.

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