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Baptizo

The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon

 Strong's Number:   907  
Original WordWord Origin
baptivzwfrom a derivative of (911)
Transliterated WordTDNT Entry
Baptizo1:529,92
Phonetic SpellingParts of Speech
bap-tid'-zo   
 Definition
  1. to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)
  2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe
  3. to overwhelm
Not to be confused with 911, bapto. The clearest example that showsthe meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physicianNicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making picklesand is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that inorder to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped'(bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptizo) in thevinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in asolution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act ofbaptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change. When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to ourunion and identification with Christ than to our water baptism. e.g.Mark 16:16. 'He that believes and is baptised shall be saved'.Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough. Theremust be a union with him, a real change, like the vegetable to thepickle! Bible Study Magazine, James Montgomery Boice, May 1989.
 
 King James Word Usage - Total: 80
baptize (76), wash 2, baptist 1, baptized + (2258)&version=kjv 1
 
  KJV Verse Count 
Matthew8
Mark9
Luke8
John11
Acts19
Romans1
1 Corinthians8
Galatians1


Total65
Greek lexicon based on Thayer's and Smith's Bible Dictionary plus others; this is keyed to the large Kittel and the "Theological Dictionary of the New Testament." These files are public domain.

Bibliography Information

Thayer and Smith. "Greek Lexicon entry for Baptizo". "The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon". .