Wordy Wednesday: Dunamis

Bad habits

Many pastors trained in Greek like to try and shed light on the Scriptures by telling their congregations the Greek words behind the text. And often, they decide to help their audience connect with the word by using an English derivative. As good as their intentions may be, it unfortunately this practice adds more confusion than it sheds light. In this case, the most common practice is to define this word with it’s English derivative, dynamite. The problem with this is that it violates a basic principle of translation which, in this case, adds modern connotations of destruction, damage, chaos, and mayhem that would be foreign to the original authors, especially since dynamite was not invented until 1867.

What it means

Greek

δύναμις

Transliteration/Pronunciation

dynamis/dü’-nä-mēs

Strong’s

G1411

Definition

Primary meaning is power, strength, authority.

Where it’s found

Here are the verses where this word is found:

Genesis 21:22; Genesis 21:32; Genesis 26:26; Exodus 6:26; Exodus 7:4; Exodus 12:17; Exodus 12:41; Exodus 12:51; Exodus 14:28; Exodus 15:4; Numbers 1:3; Numbers 1:20; Numbers 1:22; Numbers 1:24; Numbers 1:26; Numbers 1:28; Numbers 1:30; Numbers 1:32; Numbers 1:34; Numbers 1:36; Numbers 1:38; Numbers 1:40; Numbers 1:42; Numbers 1:45; Numbers 1:52; Numbers 2:3; Numbers 2:4; Numbers 2:6; Numbers 2:8; Numbers 2:9; Numbers 2:10; Numbers 2:11; Numbers 2:13; Numbers 2:15; Numbers 2:16; Numbers 2:18; Numbers 2:19; Numbers 2:21; Numbers 2:23; Numbers 2:24; Numbers 2:25; Numbers 2:26; Numbers 2:28; Numbers 2:30; Numbers 2:32; Numbers 6:21; Numbers 10:14; Numbers 10:15; Numbers 10:16; Numbers 10:18; Numbers 10:19; Numbers 10:20; Numbers 10:22; Numbers 10:23; Numbers 10:24; Numbers 10:25; Numbers 10:26; Numbers 10:27; Numbers 10:28; Numbers 31:6; Numbers 31:9; Numbers 31:14; Numbers 31:21; Numbers 31:48; Numbers 33:1; Deuteronomy 3:24; Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 8:17; Deuteronomy 8:18; Deuteronomy 11:4; Deuteronomy 16:17; Joshua 4:24; Joshua 5:14; Judges 3:29; Judges 4:2; Judges 4:7; Judges 8:21; Judges 9:29; Judges 18:2; Judges 21:10; Ruth 3:11; Ruth 4:11; I Samuel 2:4; I Samuel 2:10; I Samuel 10:26; I Samuel 14:48; I Samuel 14:52; I Samuel 31:12; II Samuel 6:2; II Samuel 6:18; II Samuel 6:19; II Samuel 8:9; II Samuel 10:7; II Samuel 10:16; II Samuel 10:18; II Samuel 11:16; II Samuel 13:28; II Samuel 17:10; II Samuel 17:25; II Samuel 19:13; II Samuel 20:23; II Samuel 22:33; II Samuel 22:40; II Samuel 23:36; II Samuel 24:4; II Samuel 24:9; I Kings 1:19; I Kings 1:25; I Kings 1:42; I Kings 1:52; I Kings 2:5; I Kings 10:2; I Kings 11:28; I Kings 15:20; I Kings 17:1; I Kings 18:15; I Kings 20:1; I Kings 20:15; I Kings 20:19; I Kings 20:25; I Kings 20:28; II Kings 2:16; II Kings 3:14; II Kings 4:13; II Kings 5:1; II Kings 6:14; II Kings 6:15; II Kings 7:6; II Kings 9:5; II Kings 9:16; II Kings 11:15; II Kings 17:16; II Kings 18:17; II Kings 18:20; II Kings 19:20; II Kings 19:31; II Kings 21:3; II Kings 21:5; II Kings 23:4; II Kings 23:5; II Kings 24:16; II Kings 25:1; II Kings 25:5; II Kings 25:19; II Kings 25:23; II Kings 25:26; I Chronicles 5:18; I Chronicles 5:24; I Chronicles 7:2; I Chronicles 7:5; I Chronicles 7:7; I Chronicles 7:9; I Chronicles 7:11; I Chronicles 7:40; I Chronicles 8:40; I Chronicles 9:13; I Chronicles 11:26; I Chronicles 12:18; I Chronicles 12:21; I Chronicles 12:22; I Chronicles 13:8; I Chronicles 18:9; I Chronicles 19:16; I Chronicles 19:18; I Chronicles 20:1; I Chronicles 21:2; I Chronicles 25:1; I Chronicles 26:26; I Chronicles 27:3; I Chronicles 27:4; I Chronicles 29:2; I Chronicles 29:11; II Chronicles 9:1; II Chronicles 13:3; II Chronicles 14:8; II Chronicles 14:9; II Chronicles 14:13; II Chronicles 16:4; II Chronicles 16:7; II Chronicles 16:8; II Chronicles 17:2; II Chronicles 17:14; II Chronicles 17:16; II Chronicles 17:17; II Chronicles 18:18; II Chronicles 20:21; II Chronicles 22:9; II Chronicles 23:14; II Chronicles 24:23; II Chronicles 24:24; II Chronicles 25:7; II Chronicles 25:9; II Chronicles 25:10; II Chronicles 25:13; II Chronicles 26:11; II Chronicles 26:13; II Chronicles 26:14; II Chronicles 28:9; II Chronicles 33:11; II Chronicles 33:14; II Chronicles 36:4; Ezra 2:69; Ezra 4:23; Ezra 8:22; Ezra 10:13; Nehemiah 1:10; Nehemiah 2:9; Nehemiah 4:2; Nehemiah 5:5; Nehemiah 11:6; Esther 2:18; Job 11:6; Job 12:13; Job 26:3; Job 28:11; Job 37:14; Job 39:19; Job 40:10; Job 40:16; Job 41:12; Job 41:22; Psalms 18:32; Psalms 18:39; Psalms 21:1; Psalms 21:13; Psalms 24:10; Psalms 30:7; Psalms 33:6; Psalms 33:16; Psalms 33:17; Psalms 44:9; Psalms 46:1; Psalms 46:7; Psalms 46:11; Psalms 48:8; Psalms 48:13; Psalms 49:6; Psalms 54:1; Psalms 59:5; Psalms 59:11; Psalms 59:16; Psalms 60:10; Psalms 60:12; Psalms 63:2; Psalms 66:3; Psalms 68:11; Psalms 68:12; Psalms 68:28; Psalms 68:33; Psalms 68:34; Psalms 68:35; Psalms 69:6; Psalms 74:13; Psalms 77:14; Psalms 80:4; Psalms 80:7; Psalms 80:14; Psalms 80:19; Psalms 84:1; Psalms 84:3; Psalms 84:7; Psalms 84:8; Psalms 84:12; Psalms 89:8; Psalms 89:10; Psalms 89:17; Psalms 93:1; Psalms 103:21; Psalms 108:11; Psalms 108:13; Psalms 110:2; Psalms 110:3; Psalms 118:15; Psalms 118:16; Psalms 122:7; Psalms 136:15; Psalms 138:3; Psalms 140:7; Psalms 145:4; Psalms 145:6; Psalms 148:2; Psalms 150:1; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Ecclesiastes 9:16; Ecclesiastes 10:10; Ecclesiastes 10:17; Ecclesiastes 12:3; Song of Solomon 2:7; Song of Solomon 3:5; Song of Solomon 5:8; Song of Solomon 8:4; Isaiah 8:4; Isaiah 36:2; Isaiah 36:22; Isaiah 42:13; Isaiah 60:11; Jeremiah 3:23; Jeremiah 6:6; Jeremiah 16:21; Jeremiah 17:1; Jeremiah 17:2; Jeremiah 17:3; Jeremiah 17:4; Jeremiah 32:2; Jeremiah 33:12; Jeremiah 34:7; Jeremiah 34:21; Jeremiah 35:11; Jeremiah 37:5; Jeremiah 37:7; Jeremiah 37:10; Jeremiah 37:11; Jeremiah 38:3; Jeremiah 39:1; Jeremiah 40:7; Jeremiah 40:13; Jeremiah 41:11; Jeremiah 41:13; Jeremiah 41:16; Jeremiah 42:1; Jeremiah 42:8; Jeremiah 43:4; Jeremiah 43:5; Jeremiah 46:2; Jeremiah 51:3; Jeremiah 52:4; Jeremiah 52:8; Jeremiah 52:14; Jeremiah 52:25; Ezekiel 17:17; Ezekiel 26:12; Ezekiel 27:10; Ezekiel 27:11; Ezekiel 27:18; Ezekiel 27:27; Ezekiel 28:4; Ezekiel 28:5; Ezekiel 29:18; Ezekiel 29:19; Ezekiel 32:24; Ezekiel 38:4; Ezekiel 38:15; Daniel 2:23; Daniel 4:35; Daniel 8:9; Daniel 8:10; Daniel 8:13; Daniel 10:1; Daniel 11:7; Daniel 11:10; Daniel 11:13; Daniel 11:25; Daniel 11:26; Hosea 10:13; Joel 2:11; Joel 2:25; Obadiah 1:11; Obadiah 1:13; Habakkuk 3:19; Zephaniah 1:13; Zephaniah 2:9; Haggai 2:22; Zechariah 4:6; Zechariah 7:4; Zechariah 9:4; Matthew 7:22; Matthew 11:20; Matthew 11:21; Matthew 11:23; Matthew 13:54; Matthew 13:58; Matthew 14:2; Matthew 22:29; Matthew 24:29; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:15; Matthew 26:64; Mark 5:30; Mark 6:2; Mark 6:5; Mark 6:14; Mark 9:1; Mark 9:39; Mark 12:24; Mark 13:25; Mark 13:26; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:17; Luke 1:35; Luke 4:14; Luke 4:36; Luke 5:17; Luke 6:19; Luke 8:46; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:13; Luke 10:19; Luke 19:37; Luke 21:26; Luke 21:27; Luke 22:69; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:22; Acts 3:12; Acts 4:7; Acts 4:33; Acts 6:8; Acts 8:10; Acts 8:13; Acts 10:38; Acts 19:11; Romans 1:4; Romans 1:16; Romans 1:20; Romans 8:38; Romans 9:17; Romans 15:13; Romans 15:19; I Corinthians 1:18; I Corinthians 1:24; I Corinthians 2:4; I Corinthians 2:5; I Corinthians 4:19; I Corinthians 4:20; I Corinthians 5:4; I Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 12:10; I Corinthians 12:28; I Corinthians 12:29; I Corinthians 14:11; I Corinthians 15:24; I Corinthians 15:43; I Corinthians 15:56; II Corinthians 1:8; II Corinthians 4:7; II Corinthians 6:7; II Corinthians 8:3; II Corinthians 12:9; II Corinthians 12:12; II Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 3:5; Ephesians 1:19; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 3:7; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:11; Colossians 1:29; I Thessalonians 1:5; II Thessalonians 1:7; II Thessalonians 1:11; II Thessalonians 2:9; II Timothy 1:7; II Timothy 1:8; II Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:4; Hebrews 6:5; Hebrews 7:16; Hebrews 11:11; Hebrews 11:34; I Peter 1:5; I Peter 3:22; II Peter 1:3; II Peter 1:16; II Peter 2:11; Revelation of John 1:16; Revelation of John 3:8; Revelation of John 4:11; Revelation of John 5:12; Revelation of John 7:12; Revelation of John 11:17; Revelation of John 12:10; Revelation of John 13:2; Revelation of John 15:8; Revelation of John 17:13; Revelation of John 18:3; Revelation of John 19:1

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