Foretell - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G4302, prolego ]
with the aorist form proeipon, and a perfect form proeireka (from proereo), signifies

(1) to declare openly" or "plainly," or "to say" or "tell beforehand" (pro, "before," lego, "to say"), translated in 2 Corinthians 13:2 (in the first sentence), RV, "I have said beforehand," AV, "I told ... before;" in the next sentence, AV, "I foretell," RV, "I do say beforehand" (marg., "plainly"); not prophecy is here in view, but a warning given before and repeated (See under FOREWARN):

(2) "to speak before, of prophecy," as "foretelling" the future, Mark 13:23, AV, "have foretold," RV, "have told ... beforehand;" Acts 1:16 (of the prophecy concerning Judas); Romans 9:29; 2 Peter 3:2; Jude 1:17; some inferior mss. have it in Hebrews 10:15. See FOREWARN, SPEAK, TELL.

Note: In Acts 3:24 some mss. have prokatangello (See FORESHEW); the most authentic have katangello, RV, "told."

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