Word Study on the Greek word prophetes, prophetic

This is a very brief table of the two occurrences of the Greek word προφητικός prophētikós, which is translated into the English prophets and prophetic in the NASB. It provides the probable meanings of the Greek word as it occurs in both occurrences in the New Testament.

Greek word: προφητικός prophētikós
Meaning:   Prophets, Prophetic
Strong’s #: G4397
:  2 occurrences

The summary of the meaning of the Greek word προφητικός prophētikós’ in each of the two verses where it occurs in the New Testament.

Prophets who wrote Scripture (Rom. 16:26)
Uttered by Old Testament Prophets (2 Pet. 1:19)

The following table presents every occurrence of the Greek word ροφητικός prophētikós, which means prophets and prophetic.

“prophets, prophetic”
Strong’s # 4397, προφητικός prophētikós


Rom. 16:26
but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;
Prophets who wrote Scripture

2 Pet. 1:19
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
Uttered by Old Testament Prophets


Dictionaries and Lexicons consulted

“from prophḗtēs (4396), a prophet. Prophetic, uttered by prophets (Rom. 16:26; 2 Pet. 1:19).”

Zodhiates, Spiros. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000

‘pertaining to divinely inspired utterances—‘prophetic, of the prophets.’ φανερωθέντος δὲ νῦν διά τε γραφῶν προφητικῶν ‘being made evident now through the writings of the prophets’ Ro 16:26; καὶ ἔχομεν βεβαιότερον τὸν προφητικὸν λόγον ‘and we are even more confident of the prophetic word’ or ‘… of the message proclaimed by the prophets’ 2 Pe 1:19.

Louw, Johannes P., and Eugene Albert Nida. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains. New York: United Bible Societies, 1996.


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