Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

Officer

Officer. [N]

It is obvious that most, if not all, of the Hebrew words rendered "officer" are either of an indefinite character or are synonymous terms for functionaries known under other and more specific names, as "scribe," "eunuch" etc. The two words so rendered in the New Testament denote --

  1. An inferior officer of a court of justice, a messenger or bailiff, like the Roman viator or lictor. ( Matthew 5:25 ; Acts 5:22 )
  2. Officers whose duty it was to register and collect fines imposed by courts of justice. ( Luke 12:58 )

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Officer'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

OFFICER

of'-i-ser:

In the King James Version the term is employed to render different words denoting various officials, domestic, civil and military, such as caric, "eunuch," "minister of state" (Genesis 37:36); paqidh, "person in charge," "overseer" (Genesis 41:34); necibh, "stationed," "garrison," "prefect" (1 Kings 4:19); shoTer, "scribe" or "secretary" (perhaps arranger or organizer), then any official or overseer. In Esther 9:3 for the King James Version "officers of the king" the Revised Version (British and American) has (more literal) "they that did the king's business."

In the New Testament, "officer" generally corresponds to the Greek word huperetes, "servant," or any person in the employ of another. In Matthew 5:25 the term evidently means "bailiff" or exactor of the fine imposed by the magistrate, and corresponds to praktor, used in Luke 12:58.

T. Lewis


Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'OFFICER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.