Rather - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ A-1,Adverb,G3123, mallon ]
the comparative degree of mala, very, very much," is frequently translated "rather," e.g., Matthew 10:6, Matthew 10:28; 1 Corinthians 14:1, 1 Corinthians 14:5; sometimes followed by "than," with a connecting particle, e.g., Matthew 18:13 ("more than"); or without, e.g., John 3:19; Acts 4:19, RV (AV, "more"); in 1 Corinthians 9:12, AV, "rather" (RV, "yet more"); 1 Corinthians 12:22, RV, "rather" (AV, "more"); 2 Corinthians 3:9 (ditto); Philemon 1:16 (ditto); in 2 Peter 1:10, AV, "the rather" (RV, "the more"). See MORE.

[ B-1,Verb,G2309, thelo ]
"to will, wish," is translated "I had rather" in 1 Corinthians 14:19. See DESIRE, B, No. 6.

[ C-1,Preposition,G3844, para ]
"beyond, in comparison with," is translated "rather than" in Romans 1:25, RV (AV, "more than;" marg., "rather").

[ D-1,Conjunction,G235, alla ]
"but, on the contrary," is translated "and rather" in Luke 17:8.


(1) In Hebrews 13:19, AV, perissoteros, "the more exceedingly" (RV), is translated "the rather."

(2) In Luke 11:41; Luke 12:31, AV, plen, an adverb signifying "yet, howbeit," is translated "rather" (RV, "howbeit").

(3) In Romans 3:8, AV, the negative particle me, "not," is translated with "rather" in italics (RV, "why not").

(4) In Luke 10:20, AV, "rather rejoice," there is no word in the original for "rather" (See the RV).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words