4973. sphragis
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sphragis: a seal, a signet
Original Word: σφραγίς, ῖδος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: sphragis
Phonetic Spelling: (sfrag-ece')
Short Definition: a signet-ring, impression of a seal, the proof
Definition: a seal, signet ring, the impression of a seal, that which the seal attests, the proof.

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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 Concordance
Word Origin
a prim. word
a seal, a signet
NASB Translation
seal (11), seals (5).

STRONGS NT 4973: σφραγίς

σφραγίς, σφραγῖδος, (akin, apparently, to the verb φράσσω or φράγνυμι), from Herodotus down, the Sept. for חותָם, 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 .)

STRONGS NT 4973a: σφυδρόνσφυδρόν, σφυδρου, τό, equivalent to σφυρόν, which see: Acts 3:7 T WH. (Hesychius σφυδρά. περιφέρεια τῶν ποδῶν.)


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

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