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an-shents: This word (except in one instance) renders the Hebrew word zeqenim, (pl of zaqen), which should always be translated "old men" or "elders." The Hebrew word never has the connotation which "ancients" has in modern English. The words "I understand more than the ancients" (Psalm 119:100 the King James Version) do not mean that the Psalmist claims greater wisdom than his distant forbears but than his contemporaries with all their age and experience. In the parallel clause "teachers" is the corresponding word. In such phrases as "ancients of the people" (Jeremiah 19:1 the King James Version), "ancients of the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 8:12), "elders" would obviously be the correct rendering, as in the Revised Version (British and American). Even in Isaiah 24:23 ("before his ancients gloriously" the English Revised Version) "elders" is the right translation (American Revised Version). The writer probably alludes to the Sinaitic; theophany witnessed by the "seventy. elders" (Exodus 24:9-18) Generally speaking the word suggests the experience, insight and practical acquaintance with life which age ought to bring with it (Psalm 119:100 Ezekiel 7:26). In one instance (1 Samuel 24:13) "ancients" is the right rendering for the Hebrew word qadhmonim, which means "men of former times."

Thomas Lewis

744. archaios -- original, ancient
... Word Origin from arche Definition original, ancient NASB Word Usage ancient (2),
ancients (2), early (1), long standing (1), old (4), old things (1). ...
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Strong's Hebrew
6931. qadmoni -- former, eastern
... Word Origin from the same as qedem Definition former, eastern NASB Word Usage ancients
(1), east (3), eastern (3), eastward (1), former (2), things of the past ...
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Testimonies of the Ancients against Eusebius.
... Chapter III Eusebius' Church History. Testimonies of the Ancients Against
Eusebius. From the Epistle of Arius to Eusebius ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/testimonies of the ancients against.htm

Testimonies of the Ancients in Favor of Eusebius.
... Chapter III Eusebius' Church History. Testimonies of the Ancients in
Favor of Eusebius. From Constantine's Letter to ...
/.../pamphilius/church history/testimonies of the ancients in.htm

The virgins, the Righteous Ancients; the Church, the one Only ...
... Discourse VII."Procilla. Chapter VII."The Virgins, the Righteous Ancients; The
Church, the One Only Spouse, More Excellent Than the Others. ...
/.../chapter vii the virgins the righteous.htm

The Testimonies of the Ancients against the Pelagians.
... Book IV. Chapter 20 [VIII.]"The Testimonies of the Ancients Against the
Pelagians. But since they say "that their enemies have ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 20 viii the testimonies of.htm

The Ancients Assumed Original Sin.
... Book III. Chapter 11."The Ancients Assumed Original Sin. You see with what
confidence this great man expresses himself after the ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 11 the ancients assumed original.htm

The Prolonged Life of the Ancients, the Translation of Elijah and ...
... Against Heresies: Book V Chapter V."The prolonged life of the ancients, the translation
of Elijah and of Enoch in their own bodies, as well as the ...
/.../irenaeus/against heresies/chapter v the prolonged life of.htm

Hyle, which was Called by the Ancients the Formless Material of ...
... Concerning the Nature of Good, Against the Manichæans. Chapter 18. "Hyle, Which
Was Called by the Ancients the Formless Material of Things, is Not an Evil. ...
/.../chapter 18 hyle which was.htm

Ye have Heard Also that it was Said unto the Ancients...
... The Text of the Diatessaron. Section IX. Ye have heard also that it was
said unto the ancients� [1] [686] Ye have heard also that ...
/.../hogg/the diatessaron of tatian/section ix ye have heard.htm

In How Many Ways Things Future are Foreknown. Neither Philosophers ...
... Neither Philosophers, Nor Those Who Were Distinguished Among the Ancients,
are to Be Consulted Concerning the Resurrection of the Dead. ...
/.../augustine/on the holy trinity/chapter 17 in how many ways.htm

The Emperor Orders a Convention Composed of all the Various Sects. ...
... healing divisions usually create heresies of a more inveterate character, gave the
following advice to Nectarius, knowing well that the ancients have nowhere ...
/.../the ecclesiastical history of scholasticus/chapter x the emperor orders a.htm

Ancients (17 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia ANCIENTS. an-shents: This word (except
in one instance) renders the Hebrew word zeqenim, (pl of ...
/a/ancients.htm - 13k

Metals (1 Occurrence)
... METALS. met'-alz (Latin metallum, "metal," "mine"; Greek metallon, "mine"): The
metals known by the ancients were copper, gold, iron, lead, silver and tin. ...
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Delivered (427 Occurrences)
... him. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV). Matthew 15:2 Why do thy disciples
transgress what has been delivered by the ancients? for they ...
/d/delivered.htm - 35k

Infernal (1 Occurrence)
... 2. (a.) of or pertaining to or suitable for the lower regions, inhabited, according
to the ancients, by the dead; pertaining to Pluto's realm of the dead, the ...
/i/infernal.htm - 7k

Eli'jah (93 Occurrences)
... RSV). Luke 9:8 and by certain, that Elijah did appear, and by others, that
a prophet, one of the ancients, was risen; (See RSV). Luke ...
/e/eli'jah.htm - 31k

Magistrate (9 Occurrences)
... maj'-is-trat (shephaT, corresponding to shaphaT, "to judge," "to pronounce sentence"
(Judges 18:7)): Among the ancients, the terms corresponding to our ...
/m/magistrate.htm - 15k

Barefoot (7 Occurrences)
... 2. An Ancient Oriental Custom: The "shoes" of the ancients, as we know from many
sources, were "sandals," ie simply soles, for the most part of rawhide, tied ...
/b/barefoot.htm - 13k

Lead (192 Occurrences)
... Since lead was the heaviest metal known to the ancients, gold excepted, it was
generally used for fish-lines and sounding lines (compare Acts 27:28 ...
/l/lead.htm - 42k

Age (404 Occurrences)
... Revised Version has "old" for "the age of" (1 Chronicles 23:3), "own age" for "sort"
(Daniel 1:10); "aged" for "ancients" (Psalm 119:100), for "ancient ...
/a/age.htm - 56k

... coast, none in the modern sense, since what few bays and inlets there are afford
but slight shelter to modern ships, but those of the ancients found sufficient ...
/p/phoenicians.htm - 38k

Bible Concordance
Ancients (17 Occurrences)

Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'Thou shalt not commit murder', and whoever commits murder will be answerable to the magistrate.

Matthew 5:27 Ye heard that it was said to the ancients: Thou shalt not commit adultery;

Matthew 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress what has been delivered by the ancients? for they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.

Mark 7:3 (for the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands diligently, do not eat, holding what has been delivered by the ancients;

Mark 7:5 then the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why do thy disciples not walk according to what has been delivered by the ancients, but eat the bread with defiled hands?

Luke 9:8 and by certain, that Elijah did appear, and by others, that a prophet, one of the ancients, was risen;

Luke 9:19 And they answering said, 'John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and others, that a prophet, one of the ancients, was risen;'

1 Samuel 24:13 As the proverb of the ancients says,'Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness;' but my hand shall not be on you.

Psalms 119:100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

Isaiah 3:14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isaiah 61:4 And they have built the wastes of old, The desolations of the ancients they raise up, And they have renewed waste cities, The desolations of generation and generation.

Jeremiah 19:1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;

Ezekiel 7:26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.

Ezekiel 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.



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