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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Μετάθεσις (Strong'S #3331 — Noun Feminine — metathesis — met-ath'-es-is )

"a transposition, or a transference from one place to another" (from meta, implying "change," and tithemi, "to put"), has the meaning of "change" in  Hebrews 7:12 , in connection with the necessity of a "change" of the Law (or, as margin, law), if the priesthood is changed (see B, No. 3). It is rendered "translation" in  Hebrews 11:5 , "removing" in  Hebrews 12:27 . See Removing , Translation.

B — 1: Ἀλλάσσω (Strong'S #236 — Verb — allasso — al-las'-so )

"to make other than it is" (from allos, "another"), "to transform, change," is used (a) of the effect of the Gospel upon the precepts of the Law,  Acts 6:14; (b) of the effect, on the body of a believer, of Christ's return,  1—Corinthians 15:51,52; (c) of the final renewal of the material creation,  Hebrews 1:12; (d) of a change in the Apostle's mode of speaking (or dealing),  Galatians 4:20 . In  Romans 1:23 it has its other meaning, "to exchange."

B — 2: Μεταλλάσσω (Strong'S #3337 — Verb — metallasso — met-al-las'-so )

from meta, "implying change," and No. 1, "to change one thing for another, or into another,"  Romans 1:25,26 , is translated "exchange" in ver. 25. See Exchange.

B — 3: Μετατίθημι (Strong'S #3346 — Verb — metatithemi — met-at-ith'-ay-mee )

"to place differently, to change," (akin to A, above), is said of priesthood,  Hebrews 7:12 . See Carry , No. 5.

B — 4: Μεταβάλλω (Strong'S #3328 — Verb — metaballo — met-ab-al'-lo )

meta, as in No. 2, and ballo, "to throw," signifies "to turn quickly," or, in the Middle Voice, "to change one's mind," and is found in  Acts 28:6 .

 Philippians 3:21 2—Corinthians 3:18Repentance.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. To cause to turn or pass from one state to another to alter, or make different to vary in external form, or in essence as, to change the color or shape of a thing to change the countenance to change the heart or life. 2. To put one thing in the place of another to shift as, to change the clothes

Be clean and change your garments.  Genesis 35 .

3. To quit one thing or state for another followed by for as, persons educated in a particular religion do not readily change it for another. 4. To give and take reciprocally as, will you change conditions with me? 5. To barter to exchange goods as, to change a coach for a chariot. 6. To quit, as one place for another as, to change lodgings. 7. To give one kind of money for another to alter the form or kind of money, by receiving the value in a different kind, as to change bank notes for silver or to give pieces of a larger denomination for an equivalent in pieces of smaller denomination, as to change an eagle for dollars, or a sovereign for sixpences, or to change a dollar into cents or on the other hand, to change dollars for or into eagles, giving money of smaller denomination for larger. 8. To become acid or tainted to turn from a natural state of sweetness and purity as, the wine is changed thunder and lightning are said to change milk.

To change a horse, or to change hand, is to turn or bear the horses head from one hand to the other, from the left to the right, or from the right to the left.


1. To be altered to undergo variation as, men sometimes change for the better, often for the worse.

I am Jehovah I change not.  Malachi 3 .

2. To pass the sun, as the moon in its orbit as, the moon will change the 14th of this month.


1. Any variation or alteration in form, state, quality, or essence or a passing from one state or form to another as a change of countenance a change of habits or principles. 2. A succession of one thing in the place of another vicissitude as a change of seasons a change of objects on a journey a change of scenes. 3. A revolution as a change of government. 4. A passing by the sun, and the beginning of a new monthly revolution as a change of the moon. 5. A different state by removal novelty variety.

Our fathers did, for change, to France repair.

6. Alteration in the order of ringing bells variety of sounds.

Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing.

7. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.

Thirty changes of raiment.  Judges 14 .

8. Small coins of money, which may be given for larger pieces. 9. The balance of money paid beyond the price of goods purchased.

I give the clerk a bank note for his cloth, and he gave me the change.

10. The dissolution of the body death.

All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.  Job 14 .

11. Change for exchange, a place where merchants and others meet to transact business a building appropriated for mercantile transactions. 12. In arithmetic, permutation variation of numbers. Thirteen numbers admit of 6,227,020,800 changes, or different positions.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): (v. t.) To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance.

(2): (v. i.) To pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night.

(3): (v. t.) Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.

(4): (v. t.) A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons.

(5): (v. t.) A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.

(6): (v. t.) To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention.

(7): (v. t.) Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill.

(8): (v. i.) To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better.

(9): (v. t.) To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; - followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another.

(10): (v. t.) That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.

(11): (v. t.) Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.

(12): (v. t.) A public house; an alehouse.

(13): (v. t.) Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.

(14): (v. t.) A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.

(15): (v. t.) Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

chānj  : A word which seeks to express the many shades of meaning contained in 13 variations of 9 Hebrew words and 5 Greek. These signify, in turn, "to change" "to exchange," "to turn," "to put or place," "to make other" i.e. "alter," "to disguise oneself." חלף , ḥālaph , and its derivatives, occuring often, indicates "to pass away," hence, alter, renew, e.g. (1) "changes of raiment" ( Genesis 45:22;  Judges 14:12 ,  Judges 14:13 ,  Judges 14:19 ); (2) "changed my wages ten times" ( Genesis 31:7 ,  Genesis 31:41 ); (3) heavens changed "as a vesture" ( Psalm 102:26 ); (4) "changes and warfare" ( Job 10:17 ), i.e. relays of soldiers as illustrated in  1 Kings 5:14 (the Revised Version, margin "host after host is against me"); (5) "till my change come" (the Revised Version (British and American) "release"), i.e. death (  Job 14:14 ); (6) "changed the ordinances" (the American Standard Revised Version "violated the statutes"), i.e. disregarded law ( Isaiah 24:5 ); (7) change of mind ( Habakkuk 1:11 the King James Version). Used also of change of character, הפך , hāphakh ̌ : (1) of leprosy, "changed unto white" ( Leviticus 13:16 ); (2) figuratively of the moral life, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin?" ( Jeremiah 13:23 ); so also מוּר , mūr , and derivatives, "changed their gods" and "their glory," etc. ( Psalm 106:20;  Jeremiah 2:11;  Hosea 4:7 ). Other words used to indicate change of name ( 2 Kings 24:17 ); of day and night ( Job 17:12 ); of times and seasons ( Daniel 2:21 ); of countenance. ( Daniel 7:28 ); of behavior ( 1 Samuel 21:13 ); God's unchangeableness, "I, Yahweh, change not" ( Malachi 3:6 ).

In the New Testament the word has to do chiefly with spiritual realities: (1) μετατίθημι , metatı́thēmi , of the necessary change of the priesthood and law under Christ ( Hebrews 7:12 ); (2) ἀλλάττω , alláttō , of His changing the customs of Moses ( Acts 6:14 ); (3) of moral change, e.g. debasement ( Romans 1:23 ,  Romans 1:25 ,  Romans 1:26 ); (4) of bodily change at the resurrection ( 1 Corinthians 15:51 ,  1 Corinthians 15:52; μετασχηματίζω , metaschēmatı́zō ,  Philippians 3:21 the King James Version); (5) μεταβάλλω , metabállō , of change of mind in presence of a miracle ( Acts 28:6 ); (6) of the change to come over the heavens at the great day of the Lord ( Hebrews 1:12; compare  2 Peter 3:10 ,  2 Peter 3:12 ).

Figurative uses indicated separately in the course of the article.