ainigma: a riddleOriginal Word: αἴνιγμα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (ah'-ee-nig-ma)
Short Definition: a riddle, an enigma
Definition: a riddle, an enigma.
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
from ainissomai (to speak in riddles)
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 135: αἴνιγμα
αἴνιγμα, (τος, τό (common from (Pindar fragment 165 (190)) Aeschylus down; from αἰνίσσομαι or αἰνίττομαι τί, to express something obscurely (from αἶνος, which see));
1. an obscure saying, an enigma, Hebrew חִידָה (Judges 14:13, the Sept. πρόβλημα).
2. an obscure thing: 1 Corinthians 13:12, where ἐν αἰνίγματι is not equivalent to αἰνιγματικῶς, i. e., ἀμαυρῶς obscurely, but denotes the object in the discerning of which we are engaged, as βλέπειν ἐν τίνι, Matthew 6:4; cf. DeWette at the passage; the apostle has in mind Numbers 12:8 the Sept.: ἐν εἴδει καί οὐ δἰ αἰνιγμάτων. (Others take ἐν locally, of the sphere in which we are looking; others refer the passage to 1. and take ἐν instrumentally.) From a derivative of ainos (in its primary sense); an obscure saying ("enigma"), i.e. (abstractly) obscureness -- X darkly. see GREEK ainos
From a derivative of ainos (in its primary sense); an obscure saying ("enigma"), i.e. (abstractly) obscureness -- X darkly.
see GREEK ainos