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a-fur'-ma-tivs (diischurizomai). The verb "affirm" occurs in several passages of the New Testament in the sense of "assert" Luke 22:59 Acts 12:15; Acts 25:19 pha-sko; Romans 3:8 phemi; 1Ti 17, Titus 3:8 diabebaioomai. The Hebrew does not employ affirmative particles, but gives a positive reply by either repeating the word in question or by substituting the first person in the reply for the second person in the question, or by employing the formula: "Thou hast said" or "Thou hast rightly said." The Saviour used this idiom (su eipas) when answering Judas and Caiaphas (Matthew 26:25, 64). A peculiar elegance occasionally attaches to the interpretation of the Scriptures because of their use of an affirmative and a negative together, rendering the sense more emphatic; sometimes the negative occurs first, as in Psalm 118:17: "I shall not die, but live"; sometimes the affirmative precedes, as in Isaiah 88:1: "Thou shalt die, and not bye" John 1:20 is made peculiarly emphatic because of the negative placed between two affirmatives: "And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ."

Frank E. Hirsch


Job's Question, Jesus' Answer
... it in many tones, sometimes of indifferent disregard, sometimes flaunting a stark
negative without reasoned foundation, sometimes with affirmatives with as ...
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Whether Blasphemy is Opposed to the Confession of Faith?
... negations is made known by the same knowledge, and it is the same ignorance which
errs in either way, since negatives are proved by affirmatives, according to ...
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The Preface. First Advertisement.
... from God. 8. We know God more perfectly (says St. Denis - Mystic. Theol.
cISec. .2) by Negatives, than by Affirmatives. We think ...
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... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia AFFIRM; AFFIRMATIVES. a-fur'-ma-tivs
(diischurizomai). The verb "affirm" occurs in several passages ...
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Affirm (7 Occurrences)
... testify by affirmation. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. AFFIRM; AFFIRMATIVES.
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Affirmed (3 Occurrences)

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