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Answers to Correspondents.
E. (Urmston) asks for information concerning words which are used in
Scripture that have a bearing upon the idea of eternal or everlasting.
We give just a preliminary hint here, hoping to deal with the subject more
Ad.--Eternity, ever, everlasting, old perpetually. Refers to past (Job 20: 4), to the
Divine present (Isa. 57: 15).
Netsach.--always constantly, evermore, perpetual. Usually rendered by the LXX,
eis to telos, unto completion.
Tamid.--Always, continual, daily, ever, perpetual. Usually rendered by the LXX,
These are the most important. Added to these we have:--
Orek (Psa. 23: 6);
dor (Psa. 77: 8);
(Lev. 25: 23);
qedem (Deut. 33: 27); yom (Deut. 6: 24); eth (Psa. 10: 5).
All these words are used to express some form of duration, beside the one which is
most frequently used, viz., olam.
Aion and aionios.--Variously translated age, world, for ever, etc.
Aidios.--Perpetual (Rom. 1: 20).
Pantote.--Evermore (John 6: 34).
Eis to dienekes.--For ever (Heb. 10: 14).
These words practically cover the whole ground. You may look for explanation of
their meanings, examples of their usage, and LXX translations in a series of articles in
course of preparation.