Wait - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G1551, ekdechomai ]
for which See EXPECT, No. 1, is rendered to wait" in John 5:3, AV; Acts 17:16; 1 Corinthians 11:33, RV.

[ 2,,G553, apekdechomai ]
"to await or expect eagerly," is rendered "to wait for" in Romans 8:19, Romans 8:23, Romans 8:25; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Galatians 5:5; Philippians 3:20, RV (AV, "look for"); Hebrews 9:28, RV (AV, "look for"), here "them that wait" represents believers in general, not a section of them; 1 Peter 3:20 (in the best texts; some have No. 1). See LOOK (for), Note

[ 3,,G4327, prosdechomai ]
"to look for" with a view to favorable reception, is rendered "to wait for" in Mark 15:43; Luke 2:25; Luke 12:36; Luke 23:51. See LOOK (for), No. 2.

[ 4,,G4328, prosdokao ]
"to await," is rendered "to wait for" in Luke 1:21; Luke 8:40; Acts 10:24; in Acts 27:33, RV "ye wait" (AV, "have tarried"). See LOOK (for), No. 1.

[ 5,,G362, anameno ]
"to wait for" (ana, "up," used intensively, and meno, "to abide"), is used in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, of "waiting" for the Son of God from heaven; the word carries with it the suggestion of "waiting" with patience and confident expectancy.

[ 6,,G4037, perimeno ]
"to await an event," is used in Acts 1:4, of "waiting" for the Holy Spirit, "the promise of the Father." In the Sept., Genesis 49:18.

[ 7,,G4342, proskartereo ]
to continue steadfastly, is rendered "to wait on," in Mark 3:9; Acts 10:7. See CONTINUE, No. 9 (in the Sept., Numbers 13:21).

[ 8,,G3917, paredreuo ]
"to sit constantly beside" (para, "beside," hedra, "a seat"), is used in the best texts in 1 Corinthians 9:13, RV, "wait upon (AV, "at") (the altar)." In the Sept., Proverbs 1:21; Proverbs 8:3.


(1) In 2 Thessalonians 3:5, AV, hupomone, "patience" (so RV), is rendered "patient waiting" (marg., "patience"). See PATIENCE.

(2) For "lie in wait" in Ephesians 4:14, AV, See WILES.

(3) For "lying in wait," Acts 20:19, AV, and "laid wait," Acts 20:3; Acts 23:30, See PLOT.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words