Wind (Noun) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Wind (Noun)

[ 1,,G417, anemos ]
besides its literal meaning, is used metaphorically in Ephesians 4:14, of variable teaching. In Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27 the four winds" stand for the four cardinal points of the compass; so in Revelation 7:1, "the four winds of the earth" (cp. Jeremiah 49:36; Daniel 7:2); the contexts indicate that these are connected with the execution of Divine judgments. Deissmann (Bible Studies) and Moulton and Milligan (Vocab.) illustrate the phrase from the papyri.

[ 2,,G4157, pnoe ]
"a blowing, blast" (akin to pneo, "to blow"), is used of the rushing "wind" at Pentecost, Acts 2:2. See BREATH.

[ 3,,G4151, pneuma ]
is translated "wind" in John 3:8 (RV, marg., "the Spirit breatheth," the probable meaning); in Hebrews 1:7 the RV has "winds" for AV, "spirits." See SPIRIT.


(1) For pneo, "to blow" ("wind" in Acts 27:40), See BLOW, No. 1.

(2) For anemizo, James 1:6, "driven by the wind," See DRIVE, No. 8.

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