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Sovereign
Potentate
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Sovereign; Sovereignty
Sovereign; Sovereignty The Aram malḵû is most often translated “kingdom” (e.g., Dnl. 2:37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44), and it represents “kingdom” in the senses of both a sovereign government and the power held by that government. RSV has “sovereignty” for malḵû in its second occurrence in Dnl. 2:44 (AV,
Potentate
Potentate One who wields great power. The term is used by the AV to render Gk. dynástēs (RSV, lit, “sovereign”; cf. NEB “holds sway”) in 1 Tim. 6:15, referring to God: “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” Dynástēs is used of God also in the Apocrypha (e.g., Sir. 46:5
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Potentate
POTENTATE* A term used in 1 Timothy in the kjv and the asv to translate the royal title ascribed to God in this passage. Most recent versions use the terms “Sovereign” or “Ruler.”
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Potentate
POTENTATE. The Gr. dynastēs is translated thus in 1 Tim 6:15 (KJV) in a description of Jesus Christ as “blessed and only Potentate.” It means “ruler” or “sovereign” The Gr. word appears also in Lk 1:52 as “mighty” with reference to human rulers, and in Acts 8:27 in the phrase “of great authority,” speaking
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Potentate
POTENTATE (Gk. dunastēs). A term applied to God (1 Tim. 6:15, KJV; cf. Rom. 16:27), expressive of His transcendent power and authority. “Sovereign,” NASB; “Ruler,” NIV.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Potentate
POTENTATE [POTE un tate] — one who has the power, position, and authority to rule over others. The apostle Paul called the Lord “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15; Sovereign, NRSV, NASB; Ruler, NIV).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
POTENTATE
POTENTATE<po’-ten-tat> ([δυνάστης, dunastes], “mighty one,” from [δύνναμαι, dunamai], “to be able”): A person who possesses great power and authority. Only in 1 Timothy 6:15, “the blessed and only Potentate” (= God). The same Greek word is used of Zeus in Sophocles (Ant. 608), and of God in
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Potentate
POTENTATE KJV term in 1 Tim. 6:15 meaning “ruler” (NIV) or “sovereign” (NASB, NRSV, REB), used as a title for God.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Potentate
POTENTATE,pō´ten-tāt (δυνάστης, dunástēs, “mighty one,” from δύναμαι, dúnamai, “to be able”): A person who possesses great power and authority. Only in 1 Tim 6:15, “the blessed and only Potentate” (= God). The same Gr word is used of Zeus in Sophocles (Ant. 608), and of God in Apoc (e.g. Sir 46:5;
Key passages
Da 2:44

And in the day of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and the kingdom will not be left for another nation, and it will bring an end to all these kingdoms, but it will stand forever.

Lk 1:52

He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.

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