Bill Mounce

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στεῖρα, ας, ἡ
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(state of) barrenness, infertility
barren, incapable of bearing children, Lk. 1:7, 36; 23:29; Gal. 4:27; Heb. 11:11*

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Luke 1:7 But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren (steira | στεῖρα | nom sg fem), and both of them were advanced in years.
Luke 1:36 Look, your relative Elizabeth, she also has conceived a son in her old age; indeed, this is the sixth month with her who was called barren (steira | στείρᾳ | dat sg fem).
Luke 23:29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren (steirai | στεῖραι | nom pl fem) and the wombs that never gave birth and the breasts that never nursed!’
Galatians 4:27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren woman (steira | στεῖρα | voc sg fem), you who bear no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in the pain of childbirth! For the children of the desolate will be more in number than those of the woman who has a husband.
Hebrews 11:11 By faith Abraham was enabled to become a father — even though Sarah herself was sterile (steira | στεῖρα | nom sg fem) and beyond the normal age of childbearing — because he regarded as faithful the one who had made the promise.