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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #1563 - ἐκεῖ

Word Origin:
of uncertain affinity
Parts of Speech:
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. there, in or to that place
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 935 ‑ בּוֹא (bo);   1973 ‑ הָלְאָה (haw‑leh‑aw');   1988 ‑ הֲלֹם (hal‑ome');   1992 ‑ הֵם (haym, haym'‑maw);   4264 ‑ מַחֲנֶה (makh‑an‑eh');   5935 ‑ עַלְיָן (al‑vawn', al‑yawn');   8033 ‑ שָׁם (shawm);  
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


(not in Hom.), Aeol. κῆ Sapph. 51: Dor. τηνεῖ (q.v.):


1. Adv. there, in that place, opp. ἐνθάδε, Th. 6.83; οἱ ἐ. S. El. 685, etc.; τἀκεῖ what is or happens there, events there, E. Fr. 578.5, Th. 1.90; redundant, οὗ ἦν ἐ. LXX 1 Samuel 9:10.

2. freq. as euphem. for ἐν Ἅιδου, in another world, κἀκεῖ δικάζει τἀμπλακήματα Ζεὺς ἄλλος A. Supp. 230, cf. Ch. 359 (lyr.), S. Ant. 76; εὐδαιμονοίτην, ἀλλ'. E. Med. 1073; εὔκολος μὲν ἐνθάδ', εὔκολος δ' ἐκεῖ Ar. Ra. 82, cf. Pl. Phd. 64a, al.; in full, ἐκεῖ δ' ἐν Ἅιδου E. Hec. 418; οἱ ἐ. euphem. for the dead, A. Ch. 355 (lyr.), S. OT 776, Pl. R. 427b, Isoc. 14.61.

3. Philos., in the intelligible world, Plot. 1.2.7, 2.4.5, etc.

II with Verbs of motion, for ἐκεῖσε, thither, ἐ. πλέομεν Hdt. 7.147; ἐ. ἀπικέσθαι v.l. in Id. 9.108; ὁδοῦ τῆς ἐ. S. OC 1019; οἱ ἐ. καταπεφευγότες Th. 3.71, cf. Plb. 5.101.10; βλέψον δὲ κἀκεῖ Men. Epit. 103.

III rarely, of Time, then, S. Ph. 395 (lyr.), D. 22.38.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἐκεῖ, adverb of place, there;

a. properly: Matthew 2:13,15; Matthew 5:24, and frequent. In Luke 13:28; ἐκεῖ is not used for ἐν ἐκείνῳ τῷ καιρῷ followed by ὅταν ( at that time ... when etc.), but means in that place whither ye have been banished; cf. Meyer at the passage οἱ ἐκεῖ, namely, ὄντες, standing there, Matthew 26:71 ( Tr marginal reading αὐτοί ἐκεῖ). It answers to a relative adverb: οὗ τό πνεῦμα, ἐκεῖ ἐλευθερία, 2 Corinthians 3:17 Rec.; Matthew 6:21; Matthew 18:20; Matthew 24:28; Mark 6:10; Luke 12:34; Hebraistically, where a preceding adverb or relative pronoun has already attracted the verb, ἐκεῖ is added to this verb pleonastically: Revelation 12:6 G T Tr WH (ὅπου ἔχει ἐκεῖ τόπον), Revelation 12:14 (ὅπου τρέφεται ἐκεῖ); cf. Deuteronomy 4:5,14, 26; 1 Maccabees 14:34, and what was said, p. 86{b}, 5 on the pronoun αὐτός after a relative.

b. by a negligent use common also in the classics it stands after verbs of motion for ἐκεῖσε, thither: so after ἀπέρχομαι, Matthew 2:22; μεταβαίνω, Matthew 17:20; ὑπάγω, John 11:8; ἔρχομαι, John 18:3; προπέμπομαι, Romans 15:24; cf. Lob. ad Phryn., pp. 43f, 128; Hermann on Sophocles Antig. 515; Trachin. 1006; Alexander Buttmann (1873) on Philoct. 481; Winer s Grammar, § 54,7; Buttmann, 71 (62) and 378 (324).

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Eleph 1.14 (B.C. 311–10) (= Selections, p. 4) ὡς ἐκεῖ τοῦ συναλλάγματος γεγενημένου, ";on the ground that the agreement had been come to there,"; P Fay 110.13 (A.D. 94) [ν ]α τὰ πρόβατα ἐκεῖ κοιμηθῆι, ib. 118.24 (A.D. 110) ε ̣͗χ᾽ ἐκ ̣ῖ ἕ [ως ] ποτίσῃς τὼ ἐπτάρουρον τοῦ ἐλαιῶνο [ς, ";stay there till you have watered the seven-acre at the olive-yard,"; P Ryl II. 239.9 (mid. iii/A.D.) ἐπίμινον τοῖς ἐκεῖ, ";stay on for the men there."; In the boy’s letter P Oxy I. 119.12 (ii/iii A.D.) (= Selections, p. 103) the word is used somewhat pleonastically—πεπλάνηκαν ἡμῶς (l. ἡμᾶς) ἐκε [ ], τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ι ̄β ̄ ὅτι (l. ὅτε) ἔπλευσες, ";they deceived us there on the 12th, the day you sailed."; For the laxer use = ἐκεῖσε, as in Romans 15:24, cf. P Meyer 20.46 (1st half iii/A.D.) ἵνα ἐκ ̣εῖ πέμπω τὰς ἐπιστολάς. For a contrast with ἐνταῦθα, see Preisigke 1002.10 f. (time of Diocletian?) τὰ ἐκεῖ θαύματ [α ] εἶδον καὶ τὰ ἐνταῦθα. The word is MGr.


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