To strike with a clenched fist.
What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and BUFFETED him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? ( Matthew 26:66-68 )
buf'-et (kolaphizo, "to beat with the fist"):
Refers to bodily maltreatment and violence: "Then did they spit in his face and buffet him" (Matthew 26:67; Mark 14:65; 1 Corinthians 4:11; 1 Peter 2:20). Paul speaks of "a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me" (2 Corinthians 12:7). Used figuratively of self-control: "I buffet (the King James Version keep under, the Revised Version, margin "bruise") my body, and bring it into bondage" (1 Corinthians 9:27). The Greek in this passage reads hupopiazo, literally "to give a blow beneath the eye." In Luke 18:5 the same word is rendered "wear out": "Lest she wear roe out by her continual coming" (the King James Version "weary me" the Revised Version, margin "bruise me") (see Pape's Lexicon, under the word).
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