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Posted by Osk at Jan 6, 2009 9:48:04 AM
Re: Thayer's Lexicon
Q: Is Thayer's public domain?
A: Yes.

Q: Are we talking about Thayer's here?
A: No.

The OLBGRK and OLBHeb lexicons that come with OLB (sometimes translated into other languages) state that they contain definitions from Thayer's and BDB. However, they include other information not present in those lexicons and those lexicons contain information not present in the OLBGRK/OLBHEB modules.

They do appear to include the definitions from Thayer's/BDB but with a bunch of added data and some editorial emendation. And OLBGRK/OLBHEB are definitely copyrighted by Larry Pierce or someone associated with OLB.

Compare the definition in the screenshot of Strong's Greek 5499 (which isn't a designation that Thayer uses) with the entry for the corresponding word in Thayer:

5702 ceiropoi,htoj
ceiropoi,htoj, ceiropoi,hton (cei,r and poie,w), made by the hand i. e. the skill of man (see avceiropoi,htoj): of temples, Mark 14:58; Acts 7:48; 17:24; Heb. 9:11,24; of circumcision, Eph. 2:11. (In the Septuagint of idols; of other things, occasionally in Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Diodorus.)*

(Note that the Greek text would actually be Greek, but BibleWorks, from which I'm copying this, isn't fully Unicode-ized.)

e-Sword is almost certainly using these texts without permission, as are any websites that claim the text to be public domain.