|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To give certain information to; to assure; to make certain.
2. (v. t.) To give certain information of; to make certain, as a fact; to verify.
3. (v. t.) To testify to in writing; to make a declaration concerning, in writing, under hand, or hand and seal.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ser'-ti-fi: Occurs in
(1) 2 Samuel 15:28 (haggidh, "to show," "announce," from naghadh);
(2) Ezra 4:14, 16; Ezra 5:10; Ezra 7:24 (hodha`, "to make known," from yedha'; Aramaic for yadha`);
(3) Esther 2:22 the King James Version ('amar, "to say," "tell," so the Revised Version (British and American)); and
(4) Galatians 1:11 the King James Version gnorizo, "to make to know," so the Revised Version (British and American).
In the English Versions of the Bible, accordingly, the word has not the strong, specific sense of "to make certain," but only the broader sense of "to make to know." Compare Psalm 39:5 (Prayer Book version), "that I may be certified how long I have to live."
Certify (4 Occurrences)
Galatians 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. (KJV WBS)
2 Samuel 15:28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. (KJV ASV WBS)
Ezra 4:16 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river. (KJV ASV WBS)
Ezra 5:10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. (KJV ASV WBS)