Ease, Eased - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Ease, Eased

[ A-1,Verb,G373, anapauo ]
signifies to cause or permit one to cease from any labor or movement" so as to recover strength. It implies previous toil and care. Its chief significance is that of taking, or causing to take, rest; it is used in the Middle Voice in Luke 12:19, "take (thine) ease," indicative of unnecessary, self-indulgent relaxation. In the papyri it is used technically, as an agricultural term. Cp. anapausis, "rest." See REFRESH, REST.

[ B-1,Noun,G425, anesis ]
denotes "a letting loose, relaxation, easing;" it is connected with aniemi, "to loosen, relax" (ana, "back," and hiemi, "to send"). It signifies "rest," not from toil, but from endurance and suffering. Thus it is said
(a) of a "less vigorous" condition in imprisonment, Acts 24:23, "indulgence," AV, "liberty;"
(b) "relief" from anxiety, 2 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 7:5, "relief" (AV, "rest");
(c) "relief" from persecutions, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, "rest;"
(d) of "relief" from the sufferings of poverty, 2 Corinthians 8:13, "be eased," lit., "(that there should be) easing for others (trouble to you)." Cp. the synonymous word anapausis, "cessation or rest" (akin to A). See INDULGENCE, LIBERTY, RELIEF, REST. In the Sept., 2 Chronicles 23:15.

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