sphragis: a seal, a signetOriginal Word: σφραγίς, ῖδος, ἡPart of Speech:
a signet-ring, impression of a seal, the proofDefinition:
a seal, signet ring, the impression of a seal, that which the seal attests, the proof.
Cognate: 4973 sphragís – an etched (engraved) object pressed into soft wax or clay to seal a document (letter); a "seal."
"Seal" is often used metaphorically (Ro 4:11; 1 Cor 9:2; 2 Tim 2:19; Rev 9:4). For more discussion see 4972 (sphragízō), and the HELPS prophecy-guide at "the Great Tribulation."
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
a prim. wordDefinition
a seal, a signetNASB Translation
seal (11), seals (5).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 4973: σφραγίςσφραγίς
(akin, apparently, to the verb φράσσω
), from Herodotus
down, the Sept.
, a seal
; i. e.
a. the seal placed upon books (cf. B. D., under the word , under the end; Gardthausen, Palaeogr., p. 27): Revelation 5:1; λῦσαι τάς σφραγας, ibid. (Rec.); ἀνοῖξαι, ibid. (5 G L T Tr WH), ; .
b. a signet-ring: Revelation 7:2.
c. the inscription or impression made by a seal: Revelation 9:4 (the name of God and Christ stamped upon their foreheads must be meant here, as is evident from ); 2 Timothy 2:19.
d. that by which anything is confirmed, proved, authenticated, as by a seal (a token or proof): Romans 4:11; 1 Corinthians 9:2. (Cf. BB. DD. under the word .)<1>
STRONGS NT 4973a: σφυδρόνσφυδρόν, σφυδρου, τό, equivalent to σφυρόν, which see: Acts 3:7 T WH. (Hesychius σφυδρά. ἡ περιφέρεια τῶν ποδῶν.)<1> 1>
Probably strengthened from phrasso; a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally or figuratively -- seal.
see GREEK phrasso