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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Θεῖος (Strong'S #2304 — Adjective — theios — thi'-os )

"Divine" (from theos, "God"), is used of the power of God,  2—Peter 1:3 , and of His nature, ver. 4, in each place, as that which proceeds from Himself. In  Acts 17:29 it is used as a noun with the definite article, to denote "the Godhead," the Deity (i.e., the one true God). This word, instead of theos, was purposely used by the Apostle in speaking to Greeks on Mars Hill, as in accordance with Greek usage. Cp. Divinity In the Sept.,   Exodus 31:3;  35:31;  Job 27:3;  33:4;  Proverbs 2:17 .

B — 1: Λατρεία (Strong'S #2999 — Noun Feminine — latreia — lat-ri'-ah )

akin to latreuo, "to serve," primarily, any service for hire, denotes in Scripture the service of God according to the requirements of the Levitical Law,  Romans 9:4;  Hebrews 9:1,6 , "Divine service." It is used in the more general sense of service to God, in  John 16:2;  Romans 12:1 . See Service.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( a.) Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments.

(2): ( a.) A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.

(3): ( a.) Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship.

(4): ( v. i.) To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.

(5): ( v. i.) To have or feel a presage or foreboding.

(6): ( v. i.) To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications.

(7): ( a.) Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will.

(8): ( v. t.) To render divine; to deify.

(9): ( v. t.) To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture.

(10): ( a.) Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods.

(11): ( a.) Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; supremely admirable; apparently above what is human. In this application, the word admits of comparison; as, the divinest mind. Sir J. Davies.

(12): ( a.) Presageful; foreboding; prescient.

(13): ( a.) Relating to divinity or theology.

(14): ( a.) One skilled in divinity; a theologian.

(15): ( v. t.) To foretell; to predict; to presage.

King James Dictionary [3]

Divine a. L., a god.

1. Pertaining to the true God as the divine nature divine perfections. 2. Pertaining to a heathen deity, or to false gods. 3. Partaking of the nature of God.

Half human, half divine.

4. Proceeding from God as divine judgments. 5. Godlike heavenly excellent in the highest degree extraordinary apparently above what is human. In this application the word admits of comparison as a divine invention a divine genius the divinest mind.

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king.  Proverbs 16 .

6. Presageful foreboding prescient. Not used. 7. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise as divine service divine songs divine worship.


1. A minister of the gospel a priest a clergyman.

The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition, personal sanctity, and diligence in the pastoral office.

2. A man skilled in divinity a theologian as a great divine.

Divine, L

1. To foreknow to foretell to presage.

Darst thou divine his downfall?

2. To deify. Not in use.


1. To use or practice divination. 2. To utter presages or prognostications.

The prophets thereof divine for money.  Micah 3 .

3. To have presages or forebodings.

Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts--

4. To guess or conjecture.

Could you divine what lovers bear.

Morrish Bible Dictionary [4]

In  2 Peter 1:3,4 , the word is θεῖος, 'of or pertaining to God.' His divine power hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness; also, through the communication of exceeding great and precious promises, believers become partakers of the divine nature. In  Hebrews 9:1 the word is λατρεία, 'ordinances of service' (the word 'divine' is better left out, though it was God who gave the O.T. ritual) The same word is translated 'service' in   John 16:2;  Romans 9:4; Rom.12:1

Charles Buck Theological Dictionary [5]

Something relating to God. The word is also used figuratively for any thing that is excellent, extraordinary, and that seems to go beyond the power of nature and the capacity of man. It also signifies a minister, or clergyman.

See Minister

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [6]

(3) a minister or theologian, as one who explains the things of God.