Futile • Worthless
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Futile [Gk. motaióō] (Rom. 1:21); AV VAIN; [mátaios] (1 Cor. 3:20; 15:17; Tit. 3:9; 1 Pet. 1:18); AV VAIN; NEB also NOTHING, EMPTY, POINTLESS; FUTILITY [mataiótēs] (Rom. 8:20; Eph. 4:17): AV VANITY; NEB FRUSTRATION, GOOD-FOR NOTHING;“Futile” in the RSV is restricted to Gk. mátaios and its two
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
FUTILITY Frustration, vexation, uselessness, and meaninglessness.In Ecclesiastes (1:2, 14; 2:1, 11, 15, 17; etc.) the expression appears again and again in a haunting refrain that is difficult to render in an English translation because the Hebrew term hevel has so many connotations. The traditional
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
FutilityIn Paul’s letters the adjective kenos, and the words mataios (adjective), mataiotēs (noun) and mataioomai (verb) are the most prominent terms used to convey the general idea of futility, uselessness, or lack of purpose or result. But other words are also used with various degrees of synonymous
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
FutilityGreek expression: kenōs, mataiotēsPronunciation: KEHN awss; mah tigh OH tayssStrong’s Numbers: 2756, 3152, 3153Key Verses1 Corinthians 15:14; Titus 3:9Futility is best pictured in Greek mythology. Doomed to Tatarus (hell) forever, Sisyphus is given the endless task of trying to roll a