What is a Bible word study?   

 

There are many ways to study the Bible.  One way is to determine the meaning of specific words by doing a “word study” where we look at the words in question in context and get the meaning and characteristics of them by the way they are used.  Well, you say, why would I want to do a tedious task like that when it would be just so much easier to accept what my Sunday school teacher (or seminary professor) tells me is right?  Write me.  I want to know too!

 

Anyway, let’s do a simple word study and see how it goes.  I will take the English word WORLD in a few verses here and see what we can learn by the way it is used.  I have chosen this word in the New Testament of the King James version where it is associated with the Strong’s numbers <165> and <166>.  (I’ll try and highlight the links with yellow color.)

  

All right, returning from the link let me choose a total of forty two verses for consideration and we can talk about it.

 

A – These thirty seven verses have WORLD associated with <165>.

 

  1. Matt 12:32 S And <2532> whosoever <302> speaketh <2036> (5632) a word <3056> against <2596> the Son <5207> of man <444>, it shall be forgiven <863> (5701) him <846>: but <3739> whosoever <302> speaketh <2036> (5632) against <2596> the Holy <40> Ghost <4151>, it shall <863> <0> not <3756> be forgiven <863> (5701) him <846>, neither <3777> in <1722> this <5129> world <165>, neither <3777> in <1722> the [world] to come <3195> (5723).
    As with all the words, and Strong’s numbers under consideration in this study, I have made them in bold red so they will be easy to spot.  My King James Bible software tags most of t he words with the click of the mouse and, admittedly, I was lazy and didn’t take out all the other Strong’s numbers so this is a bit cluttered.  Non the less, I think you will find this study useful. 

    In this first verse, one of the words WORLD here is in brackets because there is no second word in the old Greek texts in this verse.  As you know, all of the New Testament is in Greek and the Old Testament is in Hebrew and Aramaic in the old manuscripts.  This verse uses the phrase “neither in this world” and “neither in the [world] to come” which makes one think there is more than one world.  So it might be easy to believe that there are at least two worlds.  This would mean that the Greek word <165> is used in the plural.  It also uses the word as a noun, the name of something called a “world.”  Lets go to the next verses.


  2. Matt 13:22 S He also <1161> that received seed <4687> (5651) among <1519> the thorns <173> is <2076> (5748) he that <3778> heareth <191> (5723) the word <3056>; and <2532> the care <3308> of this <5127> world <165>, and <2532> the deceitfulness <539> of riches <4149>, choke <4846> (5719) the word <3056>, and <2532> he becometh <1096> (5736) unfruitful <175>. 
    This verse uses the phrase “and the care of this world” inferring that there may be a “that” world.  We commonly talk about “this thing and that thing” where there are at least two things.  Again, there must be in existence more than one <165>.

 

  1. Matt 13:39 S <1161> The enemy <2190> that sowed <4687> (5660) them <846> is <2076> (5748) the devil <1228>; <1161> the harvest <2326> is <2076> (5748) the end <4930> of the world <165>; and <1161> the reapers <2327> are <1526> (5748) the angels <32>.
    In this verse we find the phrase “the harvest is the end of the world” indicating that what ever <165> is it has an end.  We are getting to know more about what <165> is and it may be WORLD if the compilers of the King James accurately translated the Greek word into an equivalent English word.

 

  1. Matt 13:40 S As <5618> therefore <3767> the tares <2215> are gathered <4816> (5743) and <2532> burned <2618> (5743) in the fire <4442>; so <3779> shall it be <2071> (5704) in <1722> the end <4930> of this <5127> world <165>.
    Here again is the phrase “the end of this world” so we know again that <165> can end, can cease to exist perhaps.  Or there could be the possibility that there could be another <165> after the one in view ends as we know, so far, that there is more than one; the <165> to come (Mat 12:32).

 

  1. Matt 13:49 S So <3779> shall it be <2071> (5704) at <1722> the end <4930> of the world <165>: the angels <32> shall come forth <1831> (5695), and <2532> sever <873> (5692) the wicked <4190> from <1537> among <3319> the just <1342>,
    And again the phrase “at the end of the world”.  But not to worry as there is another one coming next, right?

 

  1. Matt 24:3 S And <1161> as he sat <2521> (5740) upon <1909> the mount <3735> of Olives <1636>, the disciples <3101> came <4334> (5656) unto him <846> privately <2596> <2398>, saying <3004> (5723), Tell <2036> (5628) us <2254>, when <4219> shall <2071> <0> these things <5023> be <2071> (5704)? and <2532> what <5101> [shall be] the sign <4592> of thy <4674> coming <3952>, and <2532> of the end <4930> of the world <165>?
    Again “and of the end of the <165>.”  And is the phrase “when shall these things be” any help here as that seems to ask about time (when) in the future.

 

  1. Matt 28:20 S Teaching <1321> (5723) them <846> to observe <5083> (5721) all things <3956> whatsoever <3745> I have commanded <1781> (5662) you <5213>: and <2532>, lo <2400> (5628), I <1473> am <1510> (5748) with <3326> you <5216> alway <3956> <2250>, [even] unto <2193> the end <4930> of the world <165>. Amen <281>.
    Again “the end of the 165” along with a phrase “I am with you always” about time.

 

  1. Mark 4:19 S And <2532> the cares <3308> of this <5127> world <165>, and <2532> the deceitfulness <539> of riches <4149>, and <2532> the lusts <1939> of <4012> other things <3062> entering in <1531> (5740), choke <4846> (5719) the word <3056>, and <2532> it becometh <1096> (5736) unfruitful <175>. {lusts: or, inordinate desires}
    Here we have the phrase “And the cares of this world” seeming to talk about our decadent life style on the earth; or is <165> earth?

 

  1. Mark 10:30 S But <3362> he shall receive <2983> (5632) an hundredfold <1542> now <3568> in <1722> this <5129> time <2540>, houses <3614>, and <2532> brethren <80>, and <2532> sisters <79>, and <2532> mothers <3384>, and <2532> children <5043>, and <2532> lands <68>, with <3326> persecutions <1375>; and <2532> in <1722> the world <165> to come <2064> (5740) eternal <166> life <2222>.
    Another <165> seems to be coming in the future suggested by the phrase “and in the world to come.”  We have the word “eternal” here along with Strong’s <166> which we will talk about near the end of this word study (maybe).

 

  1. Luke 1:70 S2 As <2531> he spake <2980> (5656) by <1223> the mouth <4750> of his <848> holy <40> prophets <4396>, which <3588> have been since <575> the world began <165>:
    Here we must believe that <165> had a beginning by the use of the phrase “since the world began.”

 

  1. Luke 16:8 S And <2532> the lord <2962> commended <1867> (5656) the unjust <93> steward <3623>, because <3754> he had done <4160> (5656) wisely <5430>: for <3754> the children <5207> of this <5127> world <165> are <1526> (5748) in <1519> their <1438> generation <1074> wiser <5429> than <5228> the children <5207> of light <5457>.
    The phrase “of this world” hints that there may be a “that” world or what ever <165> means. 

 

  1. Luke 18:30 S Who <3739> shall <618> <0> not <3364> receive <618> (5632) manifold more <4179> in <1722> this <5129> present time <2540>, and <2532> in <1722> the world <165> to come <2064> (5740) life <2222> everlasting <166>.
    Here is another verse with <165> and <166> in the same verse.  What does that mean?  We will see if we are patient.  The phrase “and in the world to come” says that there is a <165> in the future.  The <166> we will deal with near the end of this study (maybe).  What does the phrase “in this present time” clue us to look for?

 

  1. Luke 20:34 S And <2532> Jesus <2424> answering <611> (5679) said <2036> (5627) unto them <846>, The children <5207> of this <5127> world <165> marry <1060> (5719), and <2532> are given in marriage <1548> (5743):
    Phrase “of this world” implies a “that” world… more than one <165>, eh?

 

  1. Luke 20:35 S But <1161> they which shall be accounted worthy <2661> (5685) to obtain <5177> (5629) that <1565> world <165>, and <2532> the resurrection <386> from <1537> the dead <3498>, neither <3777> marry <1060> (5719), nor <3777> are given in marriage <1548> (5743):
    The phrase “to obtain that world” could be the “other” <165>; the other “that” from the “this” above.

 

  1. John 9:32 S2 Since <1537> the world began <165> was it <191> <0> not <3756> heard <191> (5681) that <3754> any man <5100> opened <455> (5656) the eyes <3788> of one that was born <1080> (5772) blind <5185>.
    Yes, “the world began” means a beginning of <165> I would say; or is it “the” beginning?

 

  1. Acts 3:21 S2 Whom <3739> the heaven <3772> <3303> must <1163> (5748) receive <1209> (5664) until <891> the times <5550> of restitution <605> of all things <3956>, which <3739> God <2316> hath spoken <2980> (5656) by <1223> the mouth <4750> of all <3956> his <848> holy <40> prophets <4396> since <575> the world began <165>.
    Are you getting tired of reading?  I am getting tired of typing.  All right, seriously, “since the world began” may be talking about before there were any <165>s (plural) in existence.

 

  1. Acts 15:18 S2 Known <1110> unto God <2316> are <2076> (5748) all <3956> his <848> works <2041> from <575> the beginning of the world <165>.
    Consider common phrases we use daily “from the beginning of our country” or “from the beginning of the hour” or “from the beginning of my marriage,” are ideas of both time and place.  Anyway, “from the beginning of the world” assures us that each <165> had a beginning.

 

  1. Roma 12:2 S And <2532> be <4964> <0> not <3361> conformed <4964> (5728) to this <5129> world <165>: but <235> be ye transformed <3339> (5744) by the renewing <342> of your <5216> mind <3563>, that <1519> ye <5209> may prove <1381> (5721) what <5101> [is] that good <18>, and <2532> acceptable <2101>, and <2532> perfect <5046>, will <2307> of God <2316>.
    Here is another in the class of “this” and “that” with the phrase “to this world.”

 

  1. 1Cor 1:20 S Where <4226> [is] the wise <4680>? where <4226> [is] the scribe <1122>? where <4226> [is] the disputer <4804> of this <5127> world <165>? hath <3471> <0> not <3780> God <2316> made foolish <3471> (5656) the wisdom <4678> of this <5127> world <2889>?
    Another “this world” so the other being “that” world I would suppose.

 

  1. 1Cor 2:6 S Howbeit <1161> we speak <2980> (5719) wisdom <4678> among <1722> them that are perfect <5046>: yet <1161> not <3756> the wisdom <4678> of this <5127> world <165>, nor <3761> of the princes <758> of this <5127> world <165>, that come to nought <2673> (5746):
    Another “this world” twice even.

 

  1. 1Cor 2:7 S But <235> we speak <2980> (5719) the wisdom <4678> of God <2316> in <1722> a mystery <3466>, [even] the hidden <613> (5772) [wisdom], which <3739> God <2316> ordained <4309> (5656) before <4253> the world <165> unto <1519> our <2257> glory <1391>:
    Again the phrase “before the world” about when <165> began perhaps; or a time before any <165>s (plural) existed.

 

  1. 1Cor 2:8 S Which <3739> none <3762> of the princes <758> of this <5127> world <165> knew <1097> (5758): for <1487> <1063> had they known <1097> (5627) [it], they <302> would <4717> <0> not <3756> have crucified <4717> (5656) the Lord <2962> of glory <1391>.
    And another “of this world” and the “that.”  By the way, we are only considering the text from the King James version (1611 AD).  Other versions would be a help, perhaps, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet.

 

  1. 1Cor 3:18 S Let <1818> <0> no man <3367> deceive <1818> (5720) himself <1438>. If any man <1536> among <1722> you <5213> seemeth <1380> (5719) to be <1511> (5750) wise <4680> in <1722> this <5129> world <165>, let him become <1096> (5634) a fool <3474>, that <2443> he may be <1096> (5638) wise <4680>.
    And another “this world.”  (“This, that, and another…” as the saying goes when the exact numbers are vague.) 

 

  1. 1Cor 8:13 S2 Wherefore <1355>, if <1487> meat <1033> make <4624> <0> my <3450> brother <80> to offend <4624> (5719), I will eat <5315> (5632) no <3364> flesh <2907> while the world standeth <1519> <165>, lest <3363> I make <4624> <0> my <3450> brother <80> to offend <4624> (5661).
    This is “while the world standeth” implies that the world could go away some time, I would think.

 

  1. 1Cor 10:11 S Now <1161> all <3956> these things <5023> happened <4819> (5707) unto them <1565> for ensamples <5179>: and <1161> they are written <1125> (5648) for <4314> our <2257> admonition <3559>, upon <1519> whom <3739> the ends <5056> of the world <165> are come <2658> (5656). {ensamples: or, types}
    This is the phrase “the ends of the world are come” which is strange to me.  Grammatically “ends” and “are” sound all right to my ears but is “world” here singular or plural?  (Hint: check the text in the ASV)
    (ASV 1901 AD) 11  Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.
    I hope this does not muddy the waters too much (smile).

 

  1. 2Cor 4:4 S In <1722> whom <3739> the god <2316> of this <5127> world <165> hath blinded <5186> (5656) the minds <3540> of them which believe not <571>, lest <1519> <3361> the light <5462> of the glorious <1391> gospel <2098> of Christ <5547>, who <3739> is <2076> (5748) the image <1504> of God <2316>, should shine <826> (5658) unto them <846>.
    The phrase here is “of this world” and so what about “that” world?

 

  1. Gala 1:4 S Who <3588> gave <1325> (5631) himself <1438> for <5228> our <2257> sins <266>, that <3704> he might deliver <1807> (5643) us <2248> from <1537> this present <1764> (5761) evil <4190> world <165>, according <2596> to the will <2307> of God <2316> and <2532> our <2257> Father <3962>:
    This phrase “this present evil world” might be the times (or is it earth?) in which we are living today.  What do you think?  Then is there another time or earth?  Look around, is this an evil world or time?

 

  1. Ephe 1:21 S Far above <5231> all <3956> principality <746>, and <2532> power <1849>, and <2532> might <1411>, and <2532> dominion <2963>, and <2532> every <3956> name <3686> that is named <3687> (5746), not <3756> only <3440> in <1722> this <5129> world <165>, but <235> also <2532> in <1722> that which is to come <3195> (5723):
    Did you find the phrase?  Here it is “not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”  What does this tell you about <165>?  That there are at least two of them, this one and the one to come.  One what; world?  I don’t see anything that exactly says <165> is the earth, something about geography perhaps, by the context in the verses so far.  How about you?

 

  1. Ephe 2:2 X Wherein <1722> <3739> in time past <4218> ye walked <4043> (5656) according to <2596> the course <165> of this <5127> world <2889>, according to <2596> the prince <758> of the power <1849> of the air <109>, the spirit <4151> that now <3568> worketh <1754> (5723) in <1722> the children <5207> of disobedience <543>:
    Oops!  Did I make a mistake?  I was searching in my Bible software for the word WORLD and the Strong’s number <165> in the same verse and this verse came up.  The Strong’s number <165> here refers, apparently, to the English word COURSE and the Strong’s number <2889> refers to the word WORLD.  Now that IS confusing.  Let’s continue and hope we can straighten out this difficulty.

 

  1. Ephe 3:9 S2 And <2532> to make <5461> <0> all <3956> [men] see <5461> (5658) what <5101> [is] the fellowship <2842> of the mystery <3466>, which <3588> from <575> the beginning of the world <165> hath been hid <613> (5772) in <1722> God <2316>, who <3588> created <2936> (5660) all things <3956> by <1223> Jesus <2424> Christ <5547>:
    The phrase here is “from the beginning of the world.”  So, again, we can see that what ever <165> is, it has a beginning. 
    Other words that are interesting in the verse are “mystery” and “hid.”  Is God keeping secrets from us?  He spoke in parables and even his disciples didn’t understand them until He explained them.

 

  1. Ephe 3:21 S2 Unto him <846> [be] glory <1391> in <1722> the church <1577> by <1722> Christ <5547> Jesus <2424> throughout <1519> all <3956> ages <1074>, world <165> without end <165>. Amen <281>.
    Now just a minute!  Look at this phrase “world without end” and justify that with the other verses above that talk about <165> coming to an end. 
    Also, the compilers of the King James were not consistent as in this verse they used the English word END for <165> just as in Ephe 2:2 they used the word COURSE for <165>.  Wouldn’t it be better to use the same English word for <165> in all the verses consistently?

 

  1. Ephe 6:12 S For <3754> we <2254> wrestle <3823> not <3756> against <2076> (5748) <4314> flesh <4561> and <2532> blood <129>, but <235> against <4314> principalities <746>, against <4314> powers <1849>, against <4314> the rulers <2888> of the darkness <4655> of this <5127> world <165>, against <4314> spiritual <4152> wickedness <4189> in <1722> high <2032> [places]. {flesh...: Gr. blood and flesh} {spiritual...: or, wicked spirits} {high: or, heavenly}
    The  phrase “the darkness of this world” seems to tell what is going on today.  It could describe <165> as a place, an era, or a situation could it not?

 

  1. 1Tim 6:17 S Charge <3853> (5720) them that are rich <4145> in <1722> this <3568> world <165>, that they be <5309> <0> not <3361> highminded <5309> (5721), nor <3366> trust <1679> (5760) in <1909> uncertain <83> riches <4149>, but <235> in <1722> the living <2198> (5723) God <2316>, who <3588> giveth <3930> (5723) us <2254> richly <4146> all things <3956> to <1519> enjoy <619>; {uncertain...: Gr. uncertainty of riches}
    The phrase is “in this world” again as in other verses above for this, that, and maybe another.

 

  1. 2Tim 4:10 S For <1063> Demas <1214> hath forsaken <1459> (5627) me, having loved <25> (5660) this present <3568> world <165>, and <2532> is departed <4198> (5675) unto <1519> Thessalonica <2332>; Crescens <2913> to <1519> Galatia <1053>, Titus <5103> unto <1519> Dalmatia <1149>.
    The phrase “having loved this present world” used by Paul here seems to indicate his disappointment in Demas.  That must have been during a portion of Paul’s (limited) earthly lifetime.

 

  1. Titu 2:12 S Teaching <3811> (5723) us <2248> that <2443>, denying <720> (5666) ungodliness <763> and <2532> worldly <2886> lusts <1939>, we should live <2198> (5661) soberly <4996>, <2532> righteously <1346>, and <2532> godly <2153>, in <1722> this present <3568> world <165>;
    And again “in this present world” being here and now wouldn’t you think?  (Think?  Am I supposed to be THINKING when I read the Bible?  Look up John 3:27)

 

  1. Hebr 6:5 S And <2532> have tasted <1089> (5666) the good <2570> word <4487> of God <2316>, and <5037> the powers <1411> of the world <165> to come <3195> (5723),
    The future of one or more <165>s is indicated by the phrase “of the world to come.”  What ever <165> is, there is another one to come it seems to me.

 

  1. Hebr 9:26 S For then <1893> must <1163> (5713) he <846> often <4178> have suffered <3958> (5629) since <575> the foundation <2602> of the world <2889>: but <1161> now <3568> once <530> in <1909> the end <4930> of the world <165> hath he appeared <5319> (5769) to <1519> put away <115> sin <266> by <1223> the sacrifice <2378> of himself <848>.
    So which is it for the English word WORLD, <2889> or <165>?  How is that for confusion in God’s Word.  Keep reading.  There has to be a correct answer.  But in any case, we see that in this verse <165> comes to an end, even though in Ephe 3:21 (item 31 in this list) it talks about no ending.

    In the next section, B, we look at the verses where the King James version spells out the word in the plural, WORLDS; whereas above the King James version spelled out the word in the singular, WORLD.

 

 

B – These two verses have the word WORLDS associated with <165>

 

  1. Hebr 1:2 S Hath <2980> <0> in <1909> these <5130> last <2078> days <2250> spoken <2980> (5656) unto us <2254> by <1722> [his] Son <5207>, whom <3739> he hath appointed <5087> (5656) heir <2818> of all things <3956>, by <1223> whom <3739> also <2532> he made <4160> (5656) the worlds <165>;  
    Without reading too much into this verse, it looks like worlds (plural) were created.  We go into this verse more deeply in the next study.

 

  1. Hebr 11:3 S Through faith <4102> we understand <3539> (5719) that the worlds <165> were framed <2675> (5771) by the word <4487> of God <2316>, so <1519> that things which <3588> are seen <991> (5746) were <1096> <0> not <3361> made <1096> (5755) of <1537> things which do appear <5316> (5730).
    All these comments in blue are mine.  You need to make your own comments and decide what to believe <165> means, what properties it has, and what impact and importance it has to obtain the real meaning of the verses with the Greek word <165>.

    In the next section, C, we look at the word WORLD associated with Strong’s number <166>, that being the adjective of <165>.

 

 

C – These three verses have the word WORLD associated with <166>

 

  1. Roma 16:25 S2 Now <1161> to him that is of power <1410> (5740) to stablish <4741> (5658) you <5209> according <2596> to my <3450> gospel <2098>, and <2532> the preaching <2782> of Jesus <2424> Christ <5547>, according <2596> to the revelation <602> of the mystery <3466>, which was kept secret <4601> (5772) since the world began <5550> <166>,
    The meaningful phrase here is “since the world began” and its meaning is that <166> had a beginning.
     But, wait a minute, I thought <166> was an adjective and in this verse it is used as a  noun.  Is there some confusion here?

 

  1. 2Tim 1:9 S2 Who <3588> hath saved <4982> (5660) us <2248>, and <2532> called <2564> (5660) [us] with an holy <40> calling <2821>, not <3756> according to <2596> our <2257> works <2041>, but <235> according to <2596> his own <2398> purpose <4286> and <2532> grace <5485>, which <3588> was given <1325> (5685) us <2254> in <1722> Christ <5547> Jesus <2424> before <4253> the world began <5550> <166>,
    This phrase “before the world began” seems to say that there was a time, or condition, when <166> did not exist. 
    And further, as above, I thought <166> was an adjective and in this verse it is used as a  noun.  Looks like there is more confusion here too. 

 

  1. Titu 1:2 S2 In <1909> hope <1680> of eternal life <2222>, which <3739> God <2316>, that cannot lie <893>, promised <1861> (5662) before <4253> the world <166> began <5550>; {In: or, For}
    Again, “before the world began” is the phrase here.
    And again the adjective is used as a noun.  We need to do more study in all the verses that use <165> and <166> to determine with better certainty what these Greek words mean and  how a true meaning would affect our beliefs.

 

So, how far did we get with the study of these few verses to determine what <165> and <166> mean?  Maybe we need to go to more verses where we find the Strong’s numbers <165> and <166> and look at the context.

 

Thanks for putting in the time to do this study.  Are you ready to expand on this word study?  If so, please go to the following URL (link) and continue with this serious study.  I implore you to set time aside, open your believing eyes and heart, and read the following web site.  It is quite long but it tells what evil in the world has covered up God’s love and power, His plan for all humanity, His plan for the AGES.  Please!

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~rubyybur/165166%20five%20versions%20WORD%20STUDY07.1.htm

<<<   You can also see a picture of me on that page.

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~rubyybur/5columns2002a.pdf

<<<   This page is organized a little better and was developed from the one above.

 

Come back to this page from time to time as I am continually updating it. 

Last time here 3/10/2012 8:57 AM.

If you need help, or want to make a comment, especially where I made a mistake, or am not clear, please write to me:

 

Bob Todd

e-mail   k7vhq@earthlink.net

Last updated 6/19/2010 4:06 AM

 

CONCLUSIONS AND NOTES:

 

S  Young’s concordance page 1073 item 6 and 7, the word WORLD.

S2  Young’s concordance page 1074 item 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, the word WORLD cont.

X  Young’s concordance page 207 item 6, the word COURSE.

 

You may like to buy a Young’s concordance at any Christian book store, through Amazon, or other web sources.  Strong’s concordance is another option for you too.  Buy them both as they are organized differently.  They are not expensive, about fifteen dollars, for these big heavy books exceeding thirteen hundred pages in length.

 

What we have learned:

There is more than one “world,” or what ever the corresponding Greek word is, <165> or <166>.   Right?

We learn that there is a “this world” and a “that world.”  What does that infer? 

We find the phrase “the end of the world” in more than one verse. (Mat 13:39, Mat 24:3, etc.    Ok? 

Do we see that after “this world” ends there will be another, or how many more?

We know that the “world” had a beginning so maybe there was a time, or condition, where “world” will no longer exist.

What ever “world” means, it ends, several endings even.

And what ever “world” means it is used in the plural. 

This word “world” also “has no end” according to one verse (Eph 3:21).  That is a contradiction!

We also found out that the so called word “world” has more than one Greek equivalent.  1 Co 1:20, Eph 2:2, Tit 2:12, Heb 9:26 all <2889>  Now you see why I left in all the Strong’s numbers there?  More on this and much more in the next study.

 

Now, the big question:  What would happen if we went to all the other occurrences in the KJV Bible and replaced what ever word the KJV compilers used for the Greek words <165> and/or <166> (see list below) using a word with the meaning and characteristics we have determined from this study?  Let’s try it!  Another tedious venture… but it might change some traditional beliefs you have so be careful. 

 

Note:  the list on the left is a list of the words the compilers of the KJV used for the Greek words; the next list the number of occurrences, and the list on the right I will comment on below:

 

<165>

Ages

Course

World

Ever

Never

Evermore

Eternal

 

<166>

Everlasting

Eternal

World

Ever

 

occurrences

2

1

38

72

7

4

2

126 total

 

25

42

3

1

71 total

 

 

Ball

Men

Job

Cars

Woman

Book

Angel

 

 

Blue

Silly

Difficult

Angelic

 

 

You see the list in the first column?  They are all (most of) the words the compilers of the King James version used to translate the Greek words AION (EON and EONS) and AIONIOS (EONIAN).  In the second column are noted the number of times these English words were used for the same Greek word, <165> for AION, the noun (singular and plural), and <166> for AIONIOS, its adjective. 

 

Now, I have listed in the right column, first some nouns, and then some adjectives.  Do you really believe that all the nouns in the list on the right mean the same thing?  Do you believe that all the adjectives in the list on the right mean the same thing?  Of course not.  What is the purpose of this inconsistacy?

 

Again, I have listed in the left column, first some nouns, and then some adjectives.  Do you really believe that all the nouns in the list on the left mean the same thing?  Do you believe that all the adjectives in the list on the left mean the same thing?  The compilers of the King James version insist that you do!

 

The word AION is also in the plural.  So just how many eternities are there?