diapheró: to carry through, carry about, to differ, make a difference, surpassOriginal Word: διαφέρωPart of Speech:
I carry through, differ, surpass, excelDefinition:
(a) trans: I carry through, hither and thither, (b) intrans: I am different, differ, and sometimes: I surpass, excel.
1308 diaphérō (from 1223 /diá, "through," intensifying 5342 /phérō, "carry") – properly, take all the way through (i.e. to the end); (figuratively) to distinguish fully to show what is better (superior).
1308 /diaphérō ("distinguishing what differs") underlines the key difference in meaning involved, i.e. separating (distinguishing from) the one element in a comparison (its value) from another.
Example: Phil 1:10: "For the purpose of you continuously approving the things that differ (1308 /diaphérō), so that you may be found brightly-pure (transparent) and unoffensive into (unto, 1519/eis the day of Christ."
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
to carry through, carry about, to differ, make a difference, surpassNASB Translation
carry (1), differ (1), differs (1), driven about (1), essential (1), excellent (1), makes...difference (1), more valuable (3), spread (1), valuable (1), worth...more (1).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 1308: διαφέρωδιαφέρω
; 2 aorist διηνεγκον
(but the subjunctive 3 person singular διενέγκῃ
), the only aorist form which occurs, can come as well from 1 aorist διήνεγκα
; cf Veitch
, under the word φέρω
, at the end); passive (present διαφέρομαι
); imperfect διεφερομην
; (from Homer
(h. Merc. 255), Pindar
1. to bear or carry through any place: σκεῦος διά τοῦ ἱεροῦ, Mark 11:16.
2. to carry different ways, i. e., a. transitive, to carry in different directions, to different places: thus, persons are said διαφέρεσθαι, who are carried hither and thither in a ship, driven to and fro, Acts 27:27 (Strabo 3, 2, 7, p. 144; σκάφος ὑπ' ἐναντίων πνευμάτων διαφερόμενον, Philo, migr. Abr. § 27; Lucian, Hermot. 28; often in Plutarch) metaphorically, to spread abroad: διεφέρετο ὁ λόγος τοῦ κυρίου δἰ ὅλης τῆς χώρας, Acts 13:49 (ἀγγελιας, Lucian, dial. deor. 24, 1; φήμη διαφέρεται, Plutarch, mor., p. 163 d.).
b. intransitive (like the Latindiffero) to differ: δοκιμάζειν τά διαφέροντα, to test, prove, the things that differ, i. e. to distinguish between good and evil, lawful and unlawful, Romans 2:18; Philippians 1:10 (διάκρισις καλοῦ τέ καί κακοῦ, Hebrews 5:14); cf. Thol. Commentary on Romans, p. 111 edition 5.; Theophilus of Antioch ad Autol., p. 6, Otto edition δοκιμάζοντες τά διαφέροντα, ἤτοι φῶς, ἤ σκότος, ἤ λευκόν, ἤ μέλαν κτλ.); (others, adopting a secondary sense of each verb in the above passages, translate (cf. A. V.) to approve the things that excel; see Meyer (yet, cf. Weiss edition) on Romans, the passage cited; Ellicott on Philippians, the passage cited). διαφέρω τίνος, to differ from one, i. e. to excel, surpass one: Matthew 6:26; Matthew 10:31; Matthew 12:12; Luke 12:7, 24 (often so in Attic authors); τίνος ἐν τίνι, 1 Corinthians 15:41; (τίνος οὐδέν, Galatians 4:1).
c. impersonally, διαφέρει, it makes a difference, it matters, is of importance: οὐδέν μοι διαφέρει, it matters nothing to me, Galatians 2:6 (Plato, Prot., p. 316 b. ἡμῖν οὐδέν διαφέρει, p. 358 e.; de rep. 1, p. 340 c.; Demosthenes 124, 3 (in Philippians 3, 50); Polybius 3, 21, 9; Aelian v. h. 1, 25; others; (cf. Lob. ad Phryn., p. 394; Wetstein (1752) on Galatians, the passage cited)).<1>
be better, differ from, make matter, publish
From dia and phero; to bear through, i.e. (literally) transport; usually to bear apart, i.e. (objectively) to toss about (figuratively, report); subjectively, to "differ", or (by implication) surpass -- be better, carry, differ from, drive up and down, be (more) excellent, make matter, publish, be of more value.
see GREEK dia
see GREEK phero