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ver'-i: As adjective (from verus, "true"), "true," "real," "actual," etc. (Gen 27:21,24, "my very son Esau"; Josh 10:27, "this very day"; Jn 7:26, "the very Christ," etc.); chiefly as adverb, "in a high degree," "extremely." As ab adverb it is commonly in the Old Testament the translation of me'odh, and in the New Testament represents, as adjective and adverb, several Greek words, as alethos, "truly" (Jn 7:26, above), autos (Jn 14:11, "the very works' sake"; Rom 13:6), sphodra (Mt 18:31, "very sorry," the Revised Version (British and American) "exceeding sorry"; Mk 16:4, "very great," the Revised Version (British and American) "exceeding"), huper- (in composition 1 Thess 5:13), etc. the Revised Version (British and American) frequently omits "very," and also substitutes other words for it, as "exceeding" (2 Ch 16:8; Mt 26:7; compare above), "sore" (Zec 9:5), etc.
W. L. Walker
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'very'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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