“dynastēs”

Quick Facts

  • Pronunciation: dü-nä’-s-tās
  • Strongs Concordance: #G1413
    • a prince, a potentate
    • a courtier, high officer, royal minister of great authority
  • Appears 3 times in 3 verses in the New Testament
  • Common translations
    • “Sovereign” (1x)
    • “court official” (1x)
    • “rulers” (1x)

How dynastēs is used in the New Testament

  1. Luke 1:52 – “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.”

  2. Act 8:27 – “So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship,”

  3. 1Ti 6:15 – “which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,”

My observations and perspective

Dynastēs appears in three times in as many verses. It describes civic/government leaders, and God as a Sovereign leader. It never describes a church leader.

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