Sell - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G4453, poleo ]
to exchange or barter, to sell," is used in the latter sense in the NT, six times in Matthew, three in Mark, six in Luke; in John only in connection with the cleansing of the Temple by the Lord, John 2:14, John 2:16; in Acts only in connection with the disposing of property for distribution among the community of believers, Acts 4:34, Acts 4:37; Acts 5:1; elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 10:25; Revelation 13:17.

[ 2,,G4097, piprasko ]
from an earlier form, perao, "to carry across the sea for the purpose of selling or to export," is used
(a) literally, Matthew 13:46; Matthew 18:25; Matthew 26:9; Mark 14:5; John 12:5; Acts 2:45; Acts 4:34; Acts 5:4;
(b) metaphorically, Romans 7:14, "sold under sin," i.e., as fully under the domination of sin as a slave is under his master; the statement evinces an utter dissatisfaction with such a condition; it expresses, not the condemnation of the unregenerate state, but the evil of bondage to a corrupt nature, involving the futility of making use of the Law as a means of deliverance.

[ 3,,G591, apodidomi ]
"to give up or back," also means, in the Middle Voice, "to give up of one's own will;" hence, "to sell;" it is so used in Peter's question to Sapphira as to "selling" the land, Acts 5:8; of the act of Joseph's brothers, Acts 7:9; of Esau's act in "selling" his birthright, Hebrews 12:16.

Note: In James 4:13, AV, emporeuomai, "to trade" (RV), is rendered "buy and sell."

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words