Matter, Matters - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Matter, Matters

[ 1,,G3056, logos ]
a word, speech, discourse, account," hence also "that which is spoken of, a matter, affair, thing," is translated "matter" in Mark 1:45; Acts 8:21; Acts 15:6; Acts 19:38; in the RV of Philippians 4:15, "in the matter of" (AV, "concerning"). See ACCOUNT.

[ 2,,G4229, pragma ]
akin to prasso, "to do," denotes
(a) "that which has been done, a deed," translated "matters" in Luke 1:1, RV (AV, "things"); "matter" in 2 Corinthians 7:11;
(b) "that which is being done, an affair," translated "matter" in Romans 16:2, RV (AV, "business"); 1 Corinthians 6:1, in a forensic sense, "a lawsuit" (frequently found with this meaning in the papyri); 1 Thessalonians 4:6, "in the matter," i.e., the "matter" under consideration, which, as the preceding words show, is here the sin of adultery. See BUSINESS, B, Note
(1), THING.

[ 3,,G1462, enklema ]
"an accusation, charge," Acts 25:16, RV, "matter laid against him;" elsewhere, Acts 23:29, "charge;" See ACCUSATION, A, No. 3.


(1) In Galatians 2:6, the statement "it maketh no matter" translates the verb diaphero, "to bear asunder, make a difference," with ouden, "nothing," used adverbially, i.e., "it makes no difference (to me);" his commission from the Lord relieved him of responsibility to the authority of the Apostles.

(2) In 1 Corinthians 9:11, RV, the neuter of the adjective megas "great," is translated "a great matter" (AV, "a great thing").

(3) In James 3:5, AV, hule, "a wood, forest," is translated "a matter" (RV, and AV marg., "wood"). In older English the word "matter" actually meant "wood" (like its Latin original, materia).

(4) In Acts 17:32, the AV adds "matter" to the pronoun "this," RV, "(concerning) this."

(5) In 2 Corinthians 8:19, RV, the phrase, lit., "in this grace."

(6) In 2 Corinthians 8:20, RV, the phrase, lit., "in this bounty" is translated "in the matter of this bounty" (AV, "in this abundance").

(7) In 2 Corinthians 9:5, the phrase, lit., "as a bounty" is amplified to "as a matter of bounty."

(8) For 1 Peter 4:15 See BUSYBODY. See also OTHER, THIS, THESE, WEIGHTIER, WRONG.

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