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Entry for Strong's #1722 - ἐν

Word Origin
a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between (1519) and (1537)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. in, by, with etc.
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3789 ‑ כָּתַב (kaw‑thab');  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (2782) NAS (91) HCS (2587)
Matthew 240
Mark 119
Luke 292
John 169
Acts 226
Romans 135
1 Corinthians 122
2 Corinthians 105
Galatians 36
Ephesians 87
Philippians 50
Colossians 58
1 Thessalonians 37
2 Thessalonians 21
1 Timothy 31
2 Timothy 28
Titus 13
Philemon 7
Hebrews 58
James 33
1 Peter 42
2 Peter 26
1 John 48
2 John 7
3 John 3
Jude 9
Revelation 126
Matthew 22
Mark 10
Luke 56
John 13
Acts 39
Romans 22
1 Corinthians 17
2 Corinthians 8
Galatians 7
Ephesians 4
Philippians 5
Colossians 4
1 Thessalonians 6
2 Thessalonians 6
1 Timothy 4
2 Timothy 1
Philemon 1
Hebrews 10
James 7
1 Peter 5
2 Peter 5
Revelation 3
Matthew 286
Mark 129
Luke 337
John 217
Acts 265
Romans 166
1 Corinthians 163
2 Corinthians 141
Galatians 37
Ephesians 116
Philippians 62
Colossians 81
1 Thessalonians 46
2 Thessalonians 25
1 Timothy 43
2 Timothy 34
Titus 12
Philemon 10
Hebrews 62
James 36
1 Peter 47
2 Peter 33
1 John 69
2 John 8
3 John 3
Jude 8
Revelation 151
PREP 2814
PREP 2619
PREP 2802
A-NSN 15
P-AP 1
P-DS 1
P-GP 1
P-NS 1
PREP 2571
V-AMI-3S 1
V-FAI-1S 1
V-IMI-3P 1
V-PAI-1P 1
V-PAI-3P 1
V-PMI-1S 1
PREP 2981

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἐν, a preposition taking the dative after it; Hebrew בְּ; Latin in with abl.; English in, on, at, with, by, among. ( Winer s Grammar, § 48a.; Buttmann, 328f (282 f)) It is used:

I. Locally;

1. of place proper;

a. in the interior of some whole; within the limits of some space: ἐν γαστρί, Matthew 1:18; ἐν Βηθλημ, Matthew 2:1; ἐν τῇ πόλει, Luke 7:37; ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαία, ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ, ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ, and innumerable other examples b. in (on) the surface of a place (German auf): ἐν τῷ ὄρει, John 4:20; Hebrews 8:5; ἐν πλαξί, 2 Corinthians 3:3; ἐν τῇ ἀγορά, Matthew 20:3; ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ, Matthew 5:25, etc.

c. of proximity, at, near, by: ἐν ταῖς γωνίαις τῶν πλατειῶν, Matthew 6:5; ἐν τῷ Σιλωάμ, at the fountain Siloam, Luke 13:4; ἐν τῷ γαζοφυλακίῳ, John 8:20 (see B. D. American edition under the word : and on this passage and the preceding cf. Winer's Grammar, 385 (360)); καθίζειν ἐν τῇ δεξιά Θεοῦ etc., at the right hand: Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; Ephesians 1:20.

d. of the contents of a writing, book, etc.: ἐν τῇ ἐπιστολή, 1 Corinthians 5:9; ἐν κεφαλίδι βιβλίου γράφειν, Hebrews 10:7; ἐν τῇ βίβλῳ, τῷ βιβλίῳ, Revelation 13:8; Galatians 3:10; ἐν τῷ νόμῳ, Luke 24:44; John 1:45 (46); ἐν τοῖς προφήταις, in the book of the prophets, Acts 13:40; ἐν Ἠλίᾳ, in that portion of Scripture which treats of Elijah, Romans 11:2, cf. Fritzsche at the passage; (Delitzsch, Brief a. d. Römer, p. 12; Winer s Grammar, 385 (360); Buttmann, 331 (285)); ἐν Δαυίδ, in the Psalm of David, Hebrews 4:7 (see Δαβίδ, at the end); ἐν τῷ ὡσεη, in the prophecies of Hosea , Romans 9:25.

e. tropically, applied to things not perceived by the senses, as ἐν τῇ καρδία, ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις, Matthew 5:28; Matthew 13:19; 2 Corinthians 4:6, and often; ἐν ταῖς συνειδησεσι, 2 Corinthians 5:11.

2. with the dative of a person, in the person, nature, soul, thought of anyone: thus ἐν τῷ Θεῷ κέκρυπται ζωή ὑμῶν, it lies hidden as it were in the bosom of God until it shall come forth to view, Colossians 3:3, cf. Ephesians 3:9; ἐν αὐτῷ, i. e. in the person of Christ, κατοικεῖ πᾶν τό πλήρωμα a etc., Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:3 ((?), 9). phrases in which ἁμαρτία is said to dwell in men, Romans 7:17f; or Χριστός (the mind, power, life of Christ) εἶναι, ( John 17:26); Romans 8:10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; μένειν, John 6:56; ( John 15:4,5); ζῆν, Galatians 2:20; μορφουσθαι, Galatians 4:19; λαλεῖν, 2 Corinthians 13:3; λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ εἶναι, 1 John 1:10; μένειν, John 5:38; ἐνοικεῖν or οἰκεῖν λόγος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, Colossians 3:16; τό πνεῦμα (of God, of Christ), Romans 8:9,11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; τό ἐν τίνι χάρισμα, 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; ἐνεργεῖν ἐν τίνι, Matthew 14:2; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 12:6, etc.; ἐνεργεῖσθαι, Colossians 1:29; κατεργάζεσθαι, Romans 7:8. after verbs of revealing, manifesting: ἀποκαλύψαι ἐν ἐμοί, in my soul, Galatians 1:16; φανερόν ἐστιν ἐν αὐτοῖς, Romans 1:19. ἐν ἑαυτῷ, ἐν ἑαυτοῖς, within oneself, i. e. in the soul, spirit, heart: after the verbs εἰδέναι, John 6:61; εἰπεῖν, Luke 7:39; Luke 18:4; ἐμβρίμασθαι, John 11:38; στενάζειν, Romans 8:23; διαλογίζεσθαι, Mark 2:8 (alternating there with ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις, cf. Mark 2:6); Luke 12:17; διαπόρειν, Acts 10:17; λέγειν, Matthew 3:9; Matthew 9:21; Luke 7:49; also 2 Corinthians 1:9; for other examples of divers kinds, see εἰμί, V:4e.

3. It answers to the German an ( on; often freely to be rendered in the case of, with, etc. Winer's Grammar, § 48, a. 3a.), when used a. of the person or thing on whom or on which some power is operative: ἵνα οὕτω γένηται ἐν ἐμοί, 1 Corinthians 9:15; ποιεῖν τί ἐν τίνι, Matthew 17:12; Luke 23:31; cf. Matthiae, ii., p. 1341; ( Winer s Grammar, as above and 218 (204 f); Buttmann, 149 (130)).

b. of that in which something is manifest ( Winer's Grammar, as above): μανθάνειν ἐν τίνι, 1 Corinthians 4:6; γινώσκειν, Luke 24:35; John 13:35; 1 John 3:19 (examples from the classics are given by Passow, 1:2, p. 908b; (cf. Liddell and Scott, under the word, A. III.)); likewise of that in which a thing is sought: ζητεῖν ἐν τίνι, 1 Corinthians 4:2.

c. after verbs of stumbling, striking: προσκόπτειν, Romans 14:21; πταίειν, James 2:10; ἐκανδαλίζεσθαι, which see in its place.

4. with, among, in the presence of, with the dative of person (also often in the classics; cf. Matthiae, ii., p. 1340; Winer's Grammar, 385 (360) and 217f (204)): 1 Corinthians 2:6; ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν, Matthew 21:42; ἐν ἐμοί, in my judgment, 1 Corinthians 14:11; (perhaps add Jude 1:1 L T Tr WH; but cf. 6b. below). To this head some refer ἐν ὑμῖν, 1 Corinthians 6:2, interpreting it in your assembly, cf. Meyer at the passage; but see 5d.γ.

5. used of that with which a person is surrounded, equipped, furnished, assisted, or acts ( Winer s Grammar, § 48, a. 1b.);

a. in equivalent to among, with collective nouns: ἐν τῷ ὄχλῳ, Mark 5:30 ( Winer's Grammar, 414 (386)); ἐν τῇ γενεά ταύτῃ, among the men of this age, Mark 8:38; ἐν τῷ γένει μου, in my nation i. e. among my countrymen, Galatians 1:14; especially with the dative plural of persons, as ἐν ἡμῖν, ἐν ὑμῖν, among us, among you, ἐν ἀλλήλοις, among yourselves, one with another: Matthew 2:6; Matthew 11:11; Mark 9:50; Luke 1:1; John 1:14; John 13:35; Acts 2:29; 1 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 5:1, and often.

b. of the garments with (in) which one is clad: ἐν ἐνδύμασι and the like, Matthew 7:15; Mark 12:38; Luke 24:4; John 20:12; Acts 10:30; Hebrews 11:37; James 2:2; Revelation 3:4; ἠμφιεσμένον ἐν ἱματίοις, Matthew 11:8 ( T Tr WH omit; L brackets ἱματίοις); Luke 7:23; περιβάλλεσθαι ἐν ἱματίοις, Revelation 3:5; Revelation 4:4 ( L WH text omit ἐν).

c. of that which one either leads or brings with him, or with which he is furnished or equipped; especially after verbs of coming (ἐν of accompaniment), where we often say with: ἐν δέκα χιλιάσιν ὑπανταν, Luke 14:31; ἦλθεν ἐν μυριάσι, Jude 1:14; cf. Grimm on 1 Maccabees 1:17; ἐισέρχεσθαι ἐν αἵματι, Hebrews 9:25; ἐν τῷ ὕδατι καί ἐν τῷ αἵματι, 1 John 5:6 (i. e. with the water of baptism and the blood of atonement, by means of both which he has procured the pardon of our sins, of which fact we are assured by the testimony of the Holy Spirit); ἐν ῤάβδῳ, 1 Corinthians 4:21; ἐν πληρώματι εὐλογίας, Romans 15:29; φθάνειν ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ, 2 Corinthians 10:14; ἐν πνεύματι καί δυνάμει ἥλιον, imbued or furnished with the spirit and power of Elijah, Luke 1:17; ἐν τῇ βασιλεία αὐτοῦ, furnished with the regal power of the Messiah, possessed of his kingly power ( Buttmann, 330 (284)): Matthew 16:28; Luke 23:42 ( WH text L marginal reading Tr marginal reading εἰς τήν βασιλείαν). Akin is its use d. of the instrument or means by or with which anything is accomplished, owing to the influence of the Hebrew preposition בְּ much more common in the sacred writers than in secular authors. (cf. Winer s Grammar, § 48, a. 3d.; Buttmann, 181 (157) and 329 (283 f), where we say with, by means of, by (through); α. in phrases in which the primitive force of the preposition is discernible, as ἐν πυρί κατακαίειν, Revelation 17:16 ( T omits; WH brackets ἐν); ἐν ἅλατι ἁλίζειν or ἀρτύειν, Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34; ἐν τῷ αἵματι λευκάνειν, Revelation 7:14; ἐν αἵματι καθαρίζειν, Hebrews 9:22; ἐν ὕδατι βαπτίζειν, Matthew 3:11, etc. (see βαπτίζω, II.

b. bb.). β. with the dative, where the simple dative of the instrument might have been used, especially in the Revelation: ἐν μάχαιρα, ἐν ῤομφαία ἀποκτείνειν, Revelation 6:8; Revelation 13:10; πατάσσειν, Luke 22:49; ἀπολλυσθαι, Matthew 26:52; καταπατεῖν ἐν τοῖς ποσίν, Matthew 7:6; ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, Luke 1:51; ἐν δακτύλῳ Θεοῦ, Luke 11:20, and in other examples; of things relating to the soul, as ἐν ἁγιασμῷ, 2 Thessalonians 2:13 ( Winer's Grammar, 417 (388)); 1 Peter 1:2; ἐν τῇ παρακλήσει, 2 Corinthians 7:7; ἐν προσευχή, Matthew 17:21 ( T WH omit; Tr brackets the verse); εὐλογεῖν ἐν εὐλογία, Ephesians 1:3; δικαιοῦσθαι ἐν τῷ αἵματι, Romans 5:9. γ. more rarely with the dative of person, meaning aided by one, by the intervention or agency of someone, by (means of) one (cf. Winer s Grammar, 389 (364); Buttmann, 329f (283 f)): ἐν τῷ ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων, Matthew 9:34; ἐν ἑτερογλώσσοις, 1 Corinthians 14:21; κρίνειν τήν οἰκουμένην ἐν ἀνδρί, Acts 17:31; ἐν ὑμῖν κρίνεται κόσμος (preceded by οἱ ἅγιοι τόν κόσμον κρινοῦσιν), 1 Corinthians 6:2; ἐργάζεσθαι ἐν τίνι, Sirach 13:4 Sirach 30:13,34. δ. followed by an infinitive with the article, in that (German dadurch dass), or like the Latin gerund (or English participial noun; cf. Buttmann, 264 (227)): Acts 3:26; Acts 4:30; Hebrews 2:8; Hebrews 8:13.

e. of the state or condition in which anything is done or anyone exists, Acts , suffers; out of a great number of examples (see also in γίνομαι, 5f.; and εἰμί, V:4b.) it is sufficient to cite: ἐν βασάνοις, Luke 16:23; ἐν τῷ θανάτῳ, 1 John 3:14; ἐν ζωή, Romans 5:10; ἐν τοῖς δεσμοῖς, Philemon 1:13; ἐν πειρασμοῖς, 1 Peter 1:6; ἐν ὁμοιώματι σαρκός, Romans 8:3; ἐν πολλῷ ἀγῶνι, 1 Thessalonians 2:2; ἐν δόξῃ, Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7f; σπείρεται ἐν φθορά κτλ. it (namely, that which is sown) is sown in a state of corruption, namely, ὅν, 1 Corinthians 15:42 f; ἐν ἑτοίμῳ ἔχειν, to be prepared, in readiness, 2 Corinthians 10:6; ἐν ἐκστάσει, Acts 11:5; Acts 22:17; very often so used of virtues and vices, as ἐν εὐσέβεια καί σεμνότητι, 1 Timothy 2:2; ἐν ἁγιασμῷ, 1 Timothy 2:15; ἐν καινότητι ζωῆς, Romans 6:4; ἐν τῇ ἀνοχή τοῦ Θεοῦ, Romans 3:26 (25); ἐν κακία καί φθόνῳ, Titus 3:3; ἐν πανουργία, 2 Corinthians 4:2; also with an adverbial force: as ἐν δυνάμει, powerfully, with power ( Winer s Grammar, § 51,1e.; Buttmann, 330 (284)), Mark 9:1; Romans 1:4; Colossians 1:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; κρίνειν ἐν δικαιοσύνη, Acts 17:31; Revelation 19:11; ἐν χαρά, in joy, joyful, Romans 15:32; ἐν ἐκτένεια, Acts 26:7; ἐν σπουδή, Romans 12:8; ἐν χάριτι, Galatians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; ἐν τάχει, Luke 18:8; Romans 16:20; Revelation 1:1. (Here perhaps may be introduced the noteworthy adverbial phrase ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις, with all this, Luke 16:26 L marginal reading T Tr marginal reading WH for R G ἐπί πᾶσι τούτοις (see ἐπί, B. 2d.); also ἐν πᾶσιν, in all things ( R. V. withal), Ephesians 6:16 L text T Tr WH.) A similar use occurs in speaking f. of the form in which anything appears or is exhibited, where ἐν may be represented by the German als (English as); twice so in the N. T.: σοφίαν λαλεῖν ἐν μυστηρίῳ ( as a mystery (here A. V. in)), 1 Corinthians 2:7; ἐν τῷ αὐτῷ ὑποδείγματι πίπτειν, Hebrews 4:11 (( A. V. after); others regard this as a pregnant construction, the ἐν marking rest after motion ( R. V. marginal reading into); cf. Kurtz or Lünem. at the passage; Buttmann, 329 (283); and 7 below); (διδόναι τί ἐν δωρεά, 2 Maccabees 4:30; Polybius 23,3, 4; 26,7, 5; ἐν μερίδι, Sirach 26:3; λαμβάνειν τί ἐν φερνή, Polybius 28,17, 9; examples from Plato are given by Ast, Platonic Lexicon, i., p. 702; Latin in mandatis dare i. e. to be considered as orders, Caesar b. g. 1,43). (Here perhaps may be noticed the apparent use of ἐν to denote the measure or standard ( Winer s Grammar, § 48, a. 3b.; Bernhardy (1829), p. 211): ἐν μέτρῳ, Ephesians 4:16 (see μέτρον, 2); ἔφερεν ἐν ἑξήκοντα etc. Mark 4:8 WH text (note the εἰς, which see B. II:3a.); καρποφοροῦσιν ἐν τριάκοντα etc. Mark 4:20 T Tr text WH text; but some would take ἐν here distributively, cf. Fritzsche on Mark 4:8.) g. of the things in (with) which one is busied: 1 Timothy 4:15; Colossians 4:2; ἐν οἷς, Acts 26:12; ἐν αὐτῷ, in preaching the gospel, Ephesians 6:20; ἐν τῇ ἑορτή, in celebrating the feast, John 2:23 ( L Tr brackets ἐν); ἐν τῇ διδαχή, in giving instruction, while teaching, Mark 4:2; Mark 12:38; see εἰμί, V:4d.; Passow, i., p. 910b; (Liddell and Scott, under the word, II:1). h. of that in which anything is embodied or summed up: ἐν αὐτῷ ζωή ἦν, i. e. that life of which created beings were made partakers was comprehended in him, John 1:4; ἐν τούτῳ τῷ λόγῳ ἀνακεφαλαιοῦται, Romans 13:9 (on Ephesians 1:10 see ἀνακεφαλαιόω); πᾶσαν τήν συγγένειαν ἐν ψυχαῖς ἑβδομήκοντα πέντε, comprised in, consisting of, seventy-five souls, Acts 7:14 ( Winer's Grammar, 391 (366)).

6. of that in which any person or thing is inherently fixed, implanted, or with which it is intimately connected;

a. of the whole in which a part inheres: properly, μένειν ἐν τῇ ἀμπέλῳ, John 15:4; ἐν ἑνί σώματι μέλη πολλά, Romans 12:4; figuratively, κρέμασθαι ἐν τίνι, Matthew 22:40.

b. of a person to whom another is wholly joined and to whose power and. influence he is subject, so that the former may be likened to the place in which the latter lives and moves. So used in the writings of Paul and of John particularly of intimate relationship with God or with Christ, and for the most part involving contextually the idea of power and blessing resulting from that union thus, εἶναι or μένειν ἐν τῷ πατρί or ἐν τῷ Θεῷ, of Christ, John 10:38; John 14:10f; of Christians, 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13,15f; εἶναι or μένειν in Christ, of his disciples and worshippers, John 14:20; John 15:4 f; μένειν ἐν τῷ υἱῷ καί ἐν τῷ πατρί, 1 John 2:24; ἐν Θεῷ, i. e. amplified and strengthened in the fellowship of God and the consciousness of that fellowship, ἐργάζεσθαι τί, John 3:21; παρρησιάζεσθαι, 1 Thessalonians 2:2. Of frequent use by Paul are the phrases ἐν Χριστῷ, ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ, ἐν κυρίῳ (cf. Fritzsche, Commentary on Romans , vol. ii., p. 82ff; Winer s Grammar, 389 (364); Weiss, Biblical Theol. des N. T. §§ 84b., 149c.), ingrafted as it were in Christ, in fellowship and union with Christ, with the Lord: Romans 3:24; Romans 6:11,23; Romans 8:39; 1 Corinthians 1:4; 2 Corinthians 3:14; Galatians 2:4; Galatians 3:14,26, 28; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 1:3 ( Rec. omits ἐν); Ephesians 2:6f, 10,13; 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:1,13; 2 Timothy 2:1; 1 Peter 3:16; 1 Peter 5:10; στήκειν ἐν κυρίῳ, Philippians 4:1; ἵνα εὑρεθῶ ἐν αὐτῷ), that I may be found (by God and Christ) most intimately united to him, Philippians 3:9; εἶναι ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ 1 Corinthians 1:30; οἱ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ, Romans 8:1; 1 Peter 5:14; κοιμᾶσθαι ἐν Χριστῷ, θνήσκειν ἐν κυρίῳ, to fall asleep, to die, mindful of relationship to Christ and confiding in it ( Winer's Grammar, as above), 1 Corinthians 15:18; Revelation 14:13. Since such union with Christ is the basis on which actions and virtues rest, the expression is equivalent in meaning to by virtue of spiritual fellowship or union with Christ; in this sense it is joined to the following words and phrases: πέπεισμαι, Romans 14:14 ( Winer's Grammar, as above and 390 note); πεποιθέναι, Galatians 5:10; Philippians 1:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:4; παρρησίαν ἔχειν, Philemon 1:8; ἐλπίζειν, Philippians 2:19; καύχησιν ἔχειν, Romans 15:17; 1 Corinthians 15:31; ἀνῆκεν, Colossians 3:18; τό αὐτό φρονεῖν, Philippians 4:2; ὑπακούειν, Ephesians 6:1 ( L omits; Tr WH brackets ἐν κυρίῳ); φῶς, Ephesians 5:8; αὔξει, Ephesians 2:21>; ζοωποιεῖσθαι, 1 Corinthians 15:22; κόπος οὐκ ἐστι κενός, 1 Corinthians 15:58; ἅγιος, Philippians 1:1; ἡγιασμένος, 1 Corinthians 1:2; λαλεῖν, 2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 12:19; ἀλήθειαν λέγειν, Romans 9:1; λέγειν καί μαρτύρεσθαι, Ephesians 4:17. Hence, it denotes the Christian aim, nature. quality of any action or virtue; thus, ἐυρεστον ἐν κυρίῳ, Colossians 3:20 G L T Tr WH; προσδέχεσθαι τινα, Romans 16:2; Philippians 2:29; ἀσπάζεσθαι τινα, Romans 16:8,22; 1 Corinthians 16:19; κοπιαν, Romans 16:12 ( Winer s Grammar, 390 note; L brackets the clause); γαμηθῆναι, 1 Corinthians 7:39; χαίρειν,

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ἐν ,

prep. (the most freq. of all in NT), c. dat. (= Heb. בְּ , Lat. in, c. abl.).

I. Of place, c. dat. rei, pers., in, within, on, at, by, among: ἐν τ . πόλει , Luke 7:37; τ . ὀφθαλμῷ , Matthew 7:3; τ . κοιλία , Matthew 12:40; τ . ὄρει , 2 Peter 1:18; τ . θρόνῳ , Revelation 3:21; τ . δεξιᾷ τ . θεοῦ , Romans 8:34; ἐν ὑμῖν , Luke 1:1; of books, ἐν τ . βιβλίῳ , Galatians 3:10; τ . νόμῳ , Matthew 12:5, al.; ἐν τοῖς τ . Πατρός μου , in my Father's house (RV; cf. M, Pr., 103), Luke 2:49; trop., of the region of thought or feeling, ἐν τ . καρδίᾳ . (-αις ), Matthew 5:28, 2 Corinthians 4:6, al.; τ . συνειδήσεσιν , 2 Corinthians 5:11; after verbs of motion, instead of εἰς (constructio prægnans, a usage extended in late Gk. beyond the limits observed in cl.; cf. B1., § 41, 1; M, Th., 12), ἀποστέλλω . . . ἐν , Matthew 10:16; δέδωκεν ἐν τ . χειρί (cf. τιθέναι ἐν χερσί , Hom., Iliad., i, 441, al.), John 3:35; id. after verbs of coming and going (not in cl.), εἰσῆλθε , Luke 9:46; ἐξῆλθεν , Luke 7:17.

II. Of state, condition, form, occupation, etc.: ἐν ζωῇ , Romans 5:10; ἐν τ . θανάτῳ , 1 John 3:14; ἐν πειρασμοῖς , 1 Peter 1:6; ἐν εἰρήνῃ , Mark 5:25; ἐν δόξῃ , Philippians 4:19; ἐν πραΰτητι , James 3:13; ἐν μυστηρίῳ , 1 Corinthians 2:7; ἐν τ . διδαχῇ , Mark 4:2; of a part as contained in a whole, ἐν τ . ἀμπέλῳ , John 15:4; ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι , Romans 12:4; of accompanying objects or persons (simple dat. in cl.), with, ἐν αἵματι , Hebrews 9:25; ἐν δέκα χιλιάσιν , Luke 14:31 (cf. Judges 1:14, Acts 7:14); similarly (cl.), of clothing, armour, arms, ἐν στολαῖς , Mark 12:38; ἐν ἐσθῆτι λαμπρᾷ , James 2:2; ἐν μαχαίρῃ , Luke 22:49; classify under III; ἐν ῥάβδῳ , 1 Corinthians 4:21 (cf. ἐν τόξοις , Xen., Mem., 3, 9, 2); of manner (cl.), ἐν τάχει (= λαχέως ), Luke 18:8 (cf. 131., § 41, 1); of spiritual influence, ἐν πνεύματι , Romans 8:9; ἐν Papyri ἀκαθάρτῳ , Mark 1:23; of the mystical relation of the Christian life and the believer himself, to God and Christ (cf. ICC, Ro., 160 f.; Mayor On Judges 1:1; M, Pr., 103): ἐν Χριστῷ (Ἰησοῦ ), ἐν κυρίῳ , Romans 3:24; Romans 6:11, 1 Corinthians 3:1; 1 Corinthians 4:10, 2 Corinthians 12:2, Galatians 2:17, Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, al.

III. Of the agent, instrument or means (an extension of cl. ἐν of instr.-v. LS, sv. III - corresponding to similar use of Heb. בְּ ), by, with: ἐν ὑμῖν κρίνεται ὁ κόσμος (= cl. παρά , c. dat.), 1 Corinthians 6:2; ἐν τ . ἄρχοντι τ . δαιμονίων , Matthew 9:34; ἐν αἵματι , Hebrews 9:22; ἐν ὕδατι , Matthew 3:11, al.; ἐν μαχαίρᾳ ἀποκτενεῖ (cf. the absol. ἐν μ ., ἐν ῥάβδῳ supr., II, which some would classify here), Revelation 13:10 (cf. 68). Allied to this usage and distinctly Semitic are the following: ἠγόρασας . . . ἐν τ . αἵματι σου (cf. BDB, s.v., III, 3), Revelation 5:9; ὁμολογεῖν ἐν (= Aram. אזדי ; cf. McNeile on Mt, l.c.; M, Pr., 104), Matthew 10:32, Luke 12:8; ὀμνύναι ἐν (= cl. acc, so James 5:12), Matthew 5:34, al.; also at the rate of, amounting to, Mark 4:8 (WH; vv. ll, εἱς , ἓν ), Acts 7:14 (LXX).

IV. Of time,

(a) in or drng a period: ἐν τ . ἡμέρᾳ (νυκτί ), John 11:9, al.; ἐν σαββάτῳ , Matthew 12:2, al.: ἐν τῷ μεταξύ , meanwhile, John 4:31;

(b) at the time of an event: ἐν τ . παρουσίᾳ , 1 Corinthians 15:23; ἐν τ . ἀναστάσει , Matthew 22:28;

(c) c. art. inf.,

(α ) pre. (so sometimes in cl., but not as in NT = ἕως ; v. M, Pr., 214) while: Matthew 13:4, k 6:48, Galatians 4:18, al.;

(β ) aor., when after: Luke 9:36, al.;

(d) within (cl.): Matthew 27:40.

V. In composition:

(i) meaning:

(a) with adjectives, it signifies usually the possession of a quality, as ἐνάλιος , ἔνδοξος ;

(b) with verbs, continuance in (seq. ἐν ) or motion into (seq. εἱς ), as ἐμμένω ἐμβαίνω .

(ii) Assimilation: ἐν becomes μ - before β , μ , π , φ , ψ ; ἐγ - before γ , κ , ξ , χ ; ἐλ - before λ . But in the older MSS of NT, followed by modern editions, assimilation is sometimes neglected, as in ἐνγράφω , ἐνκαινίζω , etc.

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It is impossible in our limits to deal exhaustively with the extended uses in late Greek of this ";maid-of-all-work"; among the prepositions. Most of these uses, so far as they touch upon points of interpretation in the NT, are referred to in Moulton’s Prolegomena (see Index s.v.), and the evidence there adduced from the Κοινή may be supplemented from the Dissertations by Kuhring and Rossberg (for full titles see ";Abbreviations";). As however these Dissertations are not readily accessible, it may be well with their aid to illustrate the developments of ἐν here, as far as our space permits.

We may begin with its encroachment in Hellenistic upon the use of the simple cases. Thus P Par 63xiii. 3 (B.C. 165) ἐνεσχημένους ἔν τισιν ἀγνοήμασιν may be compared with the Pauline Galatians 5:1 μὴ πάλιν ζυγῷ δουλείας ἐνέχεσθε, and in P Oxy III. 488.17 (ii/iii A.D.) παρέγραψεν. . πλέον τῆς ὑποστάσεώς μου ἐν ὅλῃ ἀρούρῃ μιᾷ καὶ πρὸς κατ᾽ ἔτος, ";registered more than my actual substance by one whole aroura and more each year,"; ἐν is added without materially altering the sense. For this ";usurping"; ἐν Kuhring (p. 12) also quotes P Oxy III. 487.17 (A.D. 156) τὰ ἐκκ (l. ἐκ) τῆς χρίας ἐν ἐμὺ ὀφλήματα ἀποδοῦναι, ";officia mea efficere."; In OGIS 56.7 (B.C. 237) ἐν τῶι ἐν Κανώπωι ἱερῶι, the prepositional phrase represents subj. gen., and in P Petr II. 2 (3).1 (B.C. 260) (= ib. III. 28 (c).1) εἰ ἔρρωσαι καὶ ἐν τοῖς ἄ ]λλοις ἀλύπως ἀπαλλάσσεις, it takes the place of the acc. of respect, if the restoration is to be trusted. On ἐν used in the LXX instead of an acc. after αἱρετίζω, εὐδοκῶ, etc., see Thackeray Gr. i. p. 47.

The question to the oracle P Fay 137.8 (i/A.D.) (= Selections, p. 69) χρημάτισόν μοι, ἦ μείνωι ἐν Βακχιάδι; ";Answer me, Shall I remain in Bacchias?"; may serve to illustrate the ordinary local use of ἐν, within the limits of some space, while the closely related idea of proximity is seen in P Tebt I. 60.88 (B.C. 118) παραδεί (σων) τῶν ἐν περιμέτρῳ τῆς κώ (μης). Interesting confirmation of the RV rendering of Luke 2:49 is afforded by P Oxy III. 523.8 (ii/A.D.) where a certain Antonius invites a friend to dine with him ἐν τοῖς Κλαυδ (ίου) Σαραπίω (νος), ";in the house of Claudius Serapion"; : cf. Rev Lxxxviii. 1 (iii/B.C.) ἐν τοῖς Ἀπολλωνίου τοῦ διοικητοῦ, P Tebt I. 12.3 (B.C. 118) ἐν τοῖς Ἀμεννέως, ";in A.’s office,";and ib. 27.27 (B.C. 113) ἐν τῶι Ὥρ ̣[ου ] βασιλικοῦ γραμματέως.

For ἐν denoting condition, state, we may cite Polycrates’ letter to his father P Petr II. 11 (1).8 (iii/B.C.) γράφε. . ἵνα εἰδῶμεν ἐν οἷς εἶ, and such passages as P Par 63.176 (B.C. 164) (= P Petr III. p. 34) ἕτερός τις ἐμ βαρυ [τέ ]ραι κείμενος ἐξουσίαι, ";any other persons in high office,"; P Tebt I. 33.4 (B.C. 112) (= Selections, p. 30) ἐν μίζονι ἀξιώματι κα [ ] τιμῆι κείμενος, of a Roman senator, ib. 5.37 (B.C. 118) τὴν ἐν ἀφέσει γῆν, .165 τὴν ἐν ἀρετῆι κειμένην βα (σιλικὴν) γῆν. See also P Petr II. 39(g).16 ἐὰν ἐν δυνατῶι ᾖι. The preposition is used with the verb ἀνδραγαθέω to denote perseverance in a certain course of action in BGU IV. 1205.14 (B.C. 28) ἀνδραγάθι (= -ει) ἐν τῆι ἀριθμήσ [ι ] καὶ ἐ ̣ν ̣ [τ ]ῆι εἰσαγωγῆι, and similarly ib. 1206.13.

P Tebt I. 58.41 (B.C. 111) shows ἐν = ";in the number of";—ἐν οἷς εἰσιν οἱ διὰ τοῦ νομοῦ κω (μο)γρ (αμματεῖς) : cf. P Par 63.99 (B.C. 164) (= P Petr III. p. 26) ἐν τοῖς ";συμπᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις "; καταριθμεῖσθαι κτλ., ";in the expression ‘all men’ are included,"; etc., and P Petr II. 4 (6).16 (B.C. 255–4) δινὸν γάρ ἐστιν ἐν ὄχλωι ἀτιμάζεσθαι, where the meaning is ";in the presence of"; — ";for it is a dreadful thing to be insulted before a crowd."; From this it is a natural transition to a usage which helps with several NT passages. Thus in P Tebt I. 5.227 (B.C. 118) we have τὰς δὲ πράζεις τῶν ἐν αὐτοῖς, where the editors translate ";but the executions in cases which come before the collectors,"; and in support of this rendering compare ib. 27.99 (B.C. 113) τὸ ἐν αὐτῶι ὀφειλόμενον πρὸς τὴν ἐπιγραφήν, ";the amount owing to the epigraphe in his department,"; ib. 72.832 (B.C. 114–3) ἃς (sc. ἀρούρας) ἐν Μαρρεῖ τοπογραμματεῖ, ib. 120.129 (B.C. 97 or 64) : cf. 1 Corinthians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 14:11, perhaps Judges 1:1. All are cases where παρά c. dat. might equally have been expected in a classical writer : cf. the variant reading in Matthew 21:25. A good parallel to Acts 17:31 is afforded by Syll 850.8 (B.C. 173–2) κριθέντω ἐν ἄνδροις τρίοις οὓς συνείλοντο.

Another abnormal use of ἐν = ";amounting to,"; as in Acts 7:14 (LXX), is seen in BGU III. 970.14 (ii/A.D.) προσηνένκαμεν αὐτῷ προοῖκα ἐν δραχμαῖς ἐννακοσίαις —a passage which also resembles, in its use with a numeral, the difficult ἐν (bis) of Mark 4:8 (WH). [Cannot the εἰς there be ";at all rates up to"; thirty-fold?] Cf. also BGU IV. 1050.8 (marriage-contract—time of Augustus) ἱμάτια γυναικεῖα ἐν ἀργυ (ρίου) δραχμαῖς ἑκατόν, P Oxy IV. 724.7 (A.D. 155) ἐξ ὧν ἔσχες τὴν πρώτην δόσιν ἐν δραχμαῖς τεσσαράκοντα, ib. I. 56.8 (A.D. 211) δανειζομένη. . . ἀργύριον ἔντοκον ἐν δραχμαῖς ἑξακισχειλίαις, and P Grenf II. 77.6 (iii/iv A.D.) (= Selections, p. 120) το ]ὺς μισθοὺς. . ὄντας ἐν δραχμαῖς τριακοσίαις τεσσαράκοντα. Similar are P Oxy IV. 708.4 (A.D. 188) γόμου. . ἐν (πυροῦ)(ἀρτάβαις) ᾽Β, BGU I. 72.11 (A.D. 191) ἐξέκοψαν πλεῖστον τόπον ἐν ἀρούραις πέντε : with which may be compared Ephesians 2:15 τὸν νόμον τῶν ἐντολῶν ἐν δόγμασιν, ";consisting in."; In P Lond 921.9 (ii/iii A.D.) (= III. p. 134) γεγο ̣νέναι ἐν ̣ ἀμπέλῳ = ";to be planted with vines.";

A predicative use of ἐν is seen in P Hib I. 42.10 (B.C. 262) δώσομεν Λευκίωι ἐν ὀφειλήματι, ";as a debt,"; P Petr I. 12.14 (cf. II. p. 22) ὅσα δὲ Ἀξιοθέα προσενήνεγκται ἐμ φερνῆι, ";as dowry,"; and P Tebt I. 120.125 (B.C. 97 or 64) ὧν ἔχωι ἐν θέματι, ";as a pledge.";

The instrumental use of ἐν, as in Luke 22:49, 1 Corinthians 4:21, is now rescued from the list of Hebraisms (cf. Deissmann BS, p. 120) by ";its use in an original Greek document, free from all suspicion of Semitic influence,"; P Tebt I. 16.14 (B.C. 114) ἐν μαχαίρηι, ";armed with a sword"; : see the editors’ note where the following additional passages are cited, ib. 41.5 (c. B.C. 119) Μαρρείους. . σὺν ἄλλοις πλείοσι ἐν μαχαίραις παρ [α ]γινομένου, 45.17 (B.C.113), 46.15 (B.C. 113), P Par 11.4 (B.C. 157) : add P Tebt I. 48.19 (c. B.C. 113) Λύκος σὺν ἄλλοις ἐν ὅπλοις. See also Proleg. pp. 11 f., 61, and the Preface to the 3rd Edit. p. xvii. It should however be noted that Kuhring (p. 43 f.) thinks that ἐν in the above passages is sufficiently explained as ἐν of accompanying circumstances. A good ex. of causal ἐν is afforded by P Par 28.13 (c. B.C. 160) where the Twins describe themselves as διαλυόμεναι ἐν τῷ λιμῷ as compared with ib. 27.14 διαλυόμεναι τῷ λιμῷ, and ib. 26.9 ὑπὸ τῆς λιμοῦ διαλυόμεναι in similar documents. On the other hand, Syll 891.11 (ii/A.D.) quoting the LXX Deuteronomy 28:22 πατάξαι σε Κύριος ἐν ἀπορίᾳ drops the preposition, and cf. C. and B. ii. p. 609, No. 500 (i/B.C.) where φεισάμενον ἐν ἐπιδώσεσιν is followed by μὴ φεισάμενον ἀναλώμασιν. In Exp T xxviii. p. 322 f. Prof. H. A. A. Kennedy has collected a number of instances of this use of ἐν = ";because of,"; ";on account of,"; from the LXX and from the Pauline Epp., e. g. Psa. 30꞉11 [MT Psalms 31:11] ἠσθένησεν ἐν πτωχίᾳ ἡ ἰσχύς μου, ";my strength failed because of my wretchedness,"; Romans 1:24 ἐν ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις τῶν καρδιῶν, ";because of the lusts of their hearts,"; and 1 Corinthians 7:14 ἡγίασται γὰρ ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ ἄπιστος ἐν τῇ γυναικί, ";for the unbelieving husband is sanctified on account of his wife."; See also Schmid Atticismus, iv. p. 449.

We have seen already (s.v. εἰς) that εἰς and ἐν can be transposed in late Greek, as when ἐν follows a verb of motionin P Par 10.3 (B.C. 145) ἀνακεχώρηκεν ἐν Ἀλεξανδρείᾳ : cf. the late gloss at John 5:4, and for LXX instances see Thackeray Gr. i. p. 25. As paving the way for this usage we may note such a passage as OGIS 90.13 (Rosetta stone—B.C. 196) τοὺς ἐν ταῖς φυλακαῖς ἀπηγμένους. . . ἀπέλυσε τῶν ἐνκεκλ (η)μένων, where the motion implied by the verb is accompanied by the thought of the rest following on that motion—the men were ";led off"; to prison and remained there until freed from the charges of which they had been convicted. See further Hatzidakis Einl. p. 210 f., and note that Thumb (Neue Jahrb. 1906, p. 253) commenting on Heitmüller’s proof (Im Namen Jesu, Göttingen 1903) that εἰς (τὸ) ὄνομα belonged, in various nuances, to Greek mercantile phraseology, while ἐν (τῷ) ὀνόματι was almost exclusively Jewish, though not foreign to the genius of Greek, observes that the promiscuity of εἰς and ἐν in Hellenistic explains the survival of the more literary archaizing ἐν by the side of the common εἰς.

The temporal use of ἐν to denote the period within which anything is done is naturally very common, e. g. Syll 177.15 (B.C. 303) [ν ] ἔτεσιν τρίσιν, P Eleph 20.27 (iii/B.C.) ἐν τοῖς καθήκουσιν χρόνοις, P Tebt II. 386.21 (B.C. 12) ἐκτίσω ἐν ἡμέραις τριάκοντα, P Oxy II. 275.40 (A.D. 66) ἕκαστα ποιήσω ἐν τῷ ἐνιαυτῷ ἑνί, and P Tebt II. 591 (ii/iii A.D.) ἐγὼ γὰρ ἠ (l. εἰ) μὴ συνκομίσω τὸν χόρτον ἐν τρίσι ἡμέραις (cf. John 2:21) οὐ δύναμε (l. -μαι) αὐτὰ καταλῖψαι.

For ἐν in adverbial phrases, see P Eleph 10.7 (B.C. 223–2) τῶν λοιπῶν ἐν ἑτοίμωι ὄντων, P Hib I. 47.35 (B.C. 256) ἀπόστειλον. . ἐν τάχει (cf. Luke 18:8, Romans 16:20, Revelation 1:1; Revelation 22:6).

The characteristically Lukan usage of ἐν τῷ followed by an inf. can no longer be ranked as a pure Hebraism, but belongs rather to the category of ";possible but unidiomatic"; Greek (see Proleg. pp. 14, 215, 249), though it should be noted that as yet no parallel has been found for it with the sense ";during"; : see P Par 63.95 (B.C. 164) (= P Petr III. p. 26) τίς γὰρ οὕτως ἐστὶν ἀνάλητος (?) ἐν τῶι λογίζεσθαι; ";for who is so utterly wanting in reason ?"; and P Oxy IV. 743.35 (B.C. 2) where it is = διὰ τό : ἐν τῷ δέ με περισπᾶσθαι οὐκ ἠδυνάσθην συντυχεῖν Ἀπολλω (νίῳ), ";owing to my worries I was unable to meet A."; (Edd.).

In his monograph Die neutestamentliche Formel ";in Christo Jesu"; (Marburg, 1892) Deissmann has conclusively shown the originality of Paul’s use, though the idea of the mystic indwelling may rightly be traced to the Lord’s own teaching, see SH on Romans 6:11. The Psenosiris letter, P Grenf II. 73.3 (late iii/A.D.) (= Selections, p. 117), is addressed Ἀπόλλωνι. . ἀγαπητῷ ἀδελφῷ ἐν Κ (υρί), and concludes with the prayer .21 f. ἐρρῶσθαί σε εὔχομαι ἐν Κ (υρί)ῳ Θ (ε).

We may conclude with a few miscellaneous examples—P Petr I. 22 (1).4 τοῦ ἐν ταῖς προσόδοις, ";who controls the revenues"; (Ed.), P Lille I. 7.77 (iii/B.C.) ἃ ἐδεδώκειν ἐν φυ (λακῆι), ";had given me to keep,"; P Hib I. 113.15 (c. B.C. 260) ἐν Τοτοῆι Πάσιτος λογευτῆι ὧι μηθὲν ὑπάρχει, ";owed by Totoës son of Pasis, tax-collector, who has no property"; (Edd.), P Par 66.71 (iii/B.C.) λ [οι ]πά, ἀφ᾽ ὧν ἐν τοῖς γεωργο [ ]ς κτλ., a curious usage which Smyly (P Petr III. p. 344) understands as = ";of this remainder (so much) is due from the cultivators,"; P Lond 1171.45 (B.C. 8) (= III. p. 179) ἀνθ᾽ ὧν τῶν ἐπάνωι ἐν ὑπερδαπανήμασι, ";under the head of deficits,"; and from the inscrr. Syll 178.11 (iv/B.C.) καθάπερ καὶ Φίλιππος ἔδωκεν ἐμ πατρικοῖς καὶ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐκγόνοις, where Dittenberger notes, ";eodem iure ac si a patre hereditatem accepisset.";

In MGr ἐν has been supplanted by εἰς, though it survives as a prefix in such disguised forms as μπίνω, μπάζω, ντρέπομαι.


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