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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [1]

 Genesis 49:21 (b) Here we see a picture of freedom of thought, expression and of action on the part of the people in the tribe of Naphtali. (See  Deuteronomy 33:23).

 Leviticus 14:7 (c) This probably represents the living Christ now appearing in the presence of GOD for us. We are saved both by the death of CHRIST for us, and also by the life of CHRIST before the Throne. He died to pay the debt of our sins as in  Romans 5:6, and we are saved by His life as we read in  Romans 5:10. This same truth is found in  Leviticus 16:15. One goat died for the sins of the people, and in  Leviticus 16:21, another goat lived for the salvation of the people. CHRIST at Calvary is represented by the dead bird or the dead goat. CHRIST on the Throne, as our Advocate with the Father, is represented by the living bird and the living goat.

 Job 12:18 (b) By this we learn that GOD is able to weaken the strength of oppressing rulers, and to deliver the captives from their power. He is able to control the powerful actions of great kings and rulers.

 Job 30:11 (b) Job is complaining about his condition. He felt he was forsaken and turned over to wander in the darkness of confusion, with no guide to lead him.

 Psalm 102:20 (b) Probably this refers to the conversion of the sinner. He has been on his way to the second death, which is the lake of fire. Then he hears the call of GOD, believes the Gospel of GOD, and is set free by the truth of GOD. It is probably a fulfillment of  Luke 4:18.

 Psalm 146:7 (a) This action probably refers to the work of GOD in delivering those who are bound by Satan and setting them free. It is probably a fulfillment of  Matthew 12:29, or  Isaiah 61:1, or  Luke 4:18.

 Ecclesiastes 12:6 (b) This strange figure is probably a picture of the spinal cord, which ceases to operate properly and does not function as it should. It is one of the marks or evidences of old age.

 Isaiah 5:27 (b) This beautiful picture tells the story of Israel restored to the Lord when the Messiah returns and rebuilds the nation of Israel and Palestine. Their strength will be renewed and their power will be enhanced.

 Isaiah 33:23 (b) We are being told here that when we are weak, then we are strong, as in2Co  12:10. When Israel as a nation, or when any individual, confesses his weak and helpless condition, then he may look to the Lord and find adequate provision for his need.

 Isaiah 51:14 (b) The lost sinner bound by evil habits, wicked ways, and hindered by sinful companions has a deep desire to be delivered from this bondage, so that he may live a life of freedom with GOD and may enjoy the blessings of GOD. (See also  Psalm 68:18;  Zechariah 9:11;  Ephesians 4:8-9).

 Isaiah 52:2 (b) Here we find a call to Israel to take advantage of GOD's grace, power and goodness and to appropriate for themselves the rich provisions GOD supplied for them.

 Isaiah 58:6 (b) Here is a call to remove those cruel laws that bound burdens on the poor, and to substantiate those blessings which will bring joy and gladness to the oppressed.

 Matthew 16:19 (a) This passage is quite similar and carries the same meaning as  Matthew 18:18 and  John 20:23. We should note that the binding and the loosing are products of the power of GOD in the heart and soul. GOD gave the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, one key for the Gentiles and one for the Jews. That tells the source of the power. The passage in John tells us of the force that is behind the power, and that force is the Holy Spirit as revealed in the passage. The passage in  Matthew 18:18 reveals the operation of that power; it is because GOD's people agree together in their prayer life, and in their decisions. That one who has received the Spirit of GOD as his Lord, and as according to  John 20:22, will find the same result as described in v23. The Spirit-filled and the Spirit-led man will take GOD's emancipating Gospel to a husband and will leave the wife in the dark. He will lead a brother to CHRIST and leave the other brother in his sins. He will speak helpfully to one clerk in the store, and have no message for the other clerk. Where the Spirit is Lord in the life, then the individual Christian worker is led to the person with whom GOD is working, and will be kept away from the disinterested soul. He brings the message of deliverance and salvation to the one who is ready for it, but the Spirit keeps him away from the person who is to remain in his sins.

 Matthew 21:2 (c) Here we find a picture of a lost mother and her son who are in the dark spiritually, and do not know which way to turn. One road leads to Heaven, and the other road leads to hell. Tradition and fear hinder their making any progress. At the Master's call and command a messenger came with a sweet message from that wonderful and precious Saviour which released them so that they could come to the Lord Jesus and have the great honor of carrying Him wherever He wanted to go. (See  Mark 11:4-5;  Luke 19:31).

 Luke 13:12-16 (a) This woman was bound physically as well as spiritually. Somewhere in her life Satan had led her into some kind of evil that left its mark on her body. When JESUS came, her body was immediately healed, made whole, and she herself delivered from Satan's bondage to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ

 John 11:44 (c) It is sometimes the case, and quite often it is true, that a man will find the Saviour, be really born again, and yet carry with him in his new life some of the old ways, habits, traditions and customs which hinder him from living a happy, free, Christian life. The grave clothes are a type of those hindrances. GOD's children have the privilege and the duty of helping that friend to get rid of the old customs and habits and set him free for the service of the King.

 Acts 2:24 (a) Death binds men permanently. Only GOD can break those bands and bring back to life again. This was done in the case of our Lord Jesus Christ

 Revelation 5:2 (c) It may be that this big book contains the story of human lives. No man lives such a clean life, free from sin, that he is worthy to open and to read the lives of others. Only Christ Jesus meets these requirements. He was sinless, therefore He was worthy. He can break the seals so that the book may be opened by Him and read by Him.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [2]

A — 1: Λύω (Strong'S #3089 — Verb — luo — loo'-o )

denotes (a) "to loose, unbind, release," (1) of things, e.g., in  Acts 7:33 , RV, "loose (the shoes)," AV, "put off;"  Mark 1:7; (2) of animals, e.g.,  Matthew 21:2; (3) of persons, e.g.,  John 11:44;  Acts 22:30; (4) of Satan,  Revelation 20:3,7 , and angels,  Revelation 9:14,15; (5) metaphorically, of one diseased,  Luke 13:16; of the marriage tie,  1—Corinthians 7:27; of release from sins,  Revelation 1:5 (in the most authentic mss.); (b) "to loosen, break up, dismiss, dissolve, destory;" in this sense it is translated "to loose" in   Acts 2:24 , of the pains of death; in  Revelation 5:2 , of the seals of a roll. See Break , Destroy , Dissolve , Melt , PUT (off), Unloose.

A — 2: Ἀπολύω (Strong'S #630 — Verb — apoluo — ap-ol-oo'-o )

apo, "from," and No. 1, denotes (a) "to set free, release," translated "loosed" in  Luke 13:12 , of deliverance from an infirmity; in  Matthew 18:27 , AV, "loosed" (RV, "released"), of a debtor; (b) "to let go, dismiss," e.g.,  Matthew 14:15,22 . See Depart , Dismiss , Divorce , Forgive , LET (go), Liberty , PUT (away), Release , SEND (away).

A — 3: Ἀνίημι (Strong'S #447 — Verb — aniemi — an-ee'-ay-mee )

"to send back" (ana, "back," hiemi, "to send"), "to leave, forbear," is translated "to loose," in  Acts 16:26 , of the "loosening" of bonds;  Acts 27:40 , rudder bands. Elsewhere,  Ephesians 6:9;  Hebrews 13:5 . See Forbear , Leave.

A — 4: Ἀνάγω (Strong'S #321 — Verb — anago — an-ag'-o )

see Launch.

 Acts 27:13 Romans 7:2Abolish.

B — 1: Λύσις (Strong'S #3080 — Noun Feminine — lusis — loo'-sis )

"a loosening" (akin to A, No. 1),  1—Corinthians 7:27 , of divorce, is translated "to be loosed," lit., "loosing." In the second part of the verse the verb luo is used. In the Sept.,  Ecclesiastes 8:1 , with the meaning "interpretation."

King James Dictionary [3]

LOOSE, loos. Gr. Heb.

1. To untie or unbind to free from any fastening.

Canst thou loose the bands of Orion?  Job 38 .

Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her loose them, and bring them to me.  Matthew 21 .

2. To relax.

The joints of his loins were loosed.  Daniel 5 .

3. To release from imprisonment to liberate to set at liberty.

The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed.  Isaiah 51 .

4. To free from obligation.

Art thou loosed from a wife? see not a wife.  1 Corinthians 7 .

5. To free from any thing that binds or shackles as a man loosed from lust and pelf. 6. To relieve to free from any thing burdensome or afflictive.

Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.  Luke 42 .

7. To disengage to detach as, to loose one's hold. 8. To put off.

Loose thy shoe from off thy foot.  Joshua 5 .

9. To open.

Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  Revelation 5 .

10. To remit to absolve.

Whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.  Matthew 16 .

LOOSE, To set sail to leave a port or harbor.

Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga, in Pamphylia.  Acts 42 .


1. Unbound untied unsewed not fastened or confined as the loose sheets of a book. 2. Not tight or close as a loose garment. 3. Not crowded not close or compact.

With horse and chariots rank'd in loose array.

4. Not dense, close or compact as a cloth or fossil of loose texture. 5. Not close not concise lax as a loose and diffuse style. 6. Not precise or exact vague indeterminate as a loose way of reasoning. 7. Not strict or rigid as a loose observance of rites. 8. Unconnected rambling as a loose indigested play.

Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose and unconnected pages.

9. Of lax bowels. 10. Unengaged not attached or enslaved.

Their prevailing principle is, to sit as loose from pleasures, and be as moderate in the use of them as they can.

11. Disengaged free from obligation with from or of.

Now I stand loose of my vow but who knows Cato's thought? Little used.

12. Wanton unrestrained in behavior dissolute unchaste as a loose man or woman. 13. Containing unchaste language as a loose epistle.

To break loose, to escape from confinement to gain liberty by violence.

To let loose, to free from restraint or confinement to set at liberty.

LOOSE, n. Freedom from restraint liberty.

Come, give thy soul a loose.

Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow.

We use this word only in the phrase, give a loose. The following use of it, "he runs with an unbounded loose," is obsolete.

Webster's Dictionary [4]

(1): ( superl.) Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty, habit, etc.; - with from or of.

(2): ( superl.) Not tight or close; as, a loose garment.

(3): ( superl.) Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed, or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book.

(4): ( superl.) Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of loose texture.

(5): ( superl.) Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose style, or way of reasoning.

(6): ( superl.) Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to some standard of right.

(7): ( superl.) Unconnected; rambling.

(8): ( superl.) Lax; not costive; having lax bowels.

(9): ( superl.) Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman.

(10): ( superl.) Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language; as, a loose epistle.

(11): ( n.) Freedom from restraint.

(12): ( n.) A letting go; discharge.

(13): ( a.) To solve; to interpret.

(14): ( v. i.) To set sail.

(15): ( a.) To untie or unbind; to free from any fastening; to remove the shackles or fastenings of; to set free; to relieve.

(16): ( a.) To release from anything obligatory or burdensome; to disengage; hence, to absolve; to remit.

(17): ( a.) To relax; to loosen; to make less strict.