The meaning of Altogether in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
ol-too-geth'-er: Representing five Hebrew and three Greek originals, which variously signify (1) "together"; i.e. all, e.g. 'all men, high and low, weighed together in God's balance are lighter than vanity' (Psalms 62:9); so also Psalms 53:3; Jeremiah 10:8. (2) "all": so the Revised Version (British and American), Isaiah 10:8 : "Are not my princes all of them kings?" (3) "with one accord have broken the yoke"; so the Revised Version (British and American), Jeremiah 5:5. (4) "completely," "entirely," "fully": "so as not to destroy him altogether" (II Chronicles 12:12; compare Genesis 18:21; Exodus 11:1; Psalms 39:5; Jeremiah 30:11 the King James Version; compare the Revised Version (British and American)). (5) "wholly": "altogether born in sins," John 9:34. (6) In I Corinthians 5:10 the Revised Version (British and American) rendered "at all"; I Corinthians 9:10 "assuredly." (7) A passage of classic difficulty to translators is Acts 26:29, where "altogether" in the Revised Version (British and American) is rendered "with much," Greek en megalo (en pollo). See ALMOST. Many of the instances where "altogether" occurs in the King James Version become "together" in the Revised Version (British and American). Used as an adjective in Psalms 39:5 ("altogether vanity").
Dwight M. Pratt
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