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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #189 - ἀκοή

Word Origin:
from (191)
Parts of Speech:
Noun Feminine
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. the sense of hearing
  2. the organ of hearing, the ear
  3. the thing heard
    1. instruction, namely oral
      1. of preaching the gospel
    2. hearsay, report or rumour
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 8085 ‑ שָׁמַע (shaw‑mah');   8104 ‑ שָׁמַר (shaw‑mar');  
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀκοή, ἡ, ἀκουή· (ἀκοϝ, cf. ἀκούω):


1. hearing, sound heard, ἕκαθεν δέ τε γίγνετ' ἀ. Il. 16.634.

2. thing heard, tidings, μετὰ πατρὸς ἀκουὴν ἱκέσθαι, βῆναι, Od. 2.308, 4.701; κατὰ τὴν Σόλωνος ἀκοήν according to Solon's story, Pl. Ti. 21a; report, Pi. P. 1.84, 90; ἀ. σοφοῖς thing for wise men to listen to, ib. 9.78; ἀκοῇ ἱστορεῖν, παραλαβεῖν τι by hearsay, Hdt. 2.29, 148; ἐπίστασθαι Antipho 5.67, Th. 4.126; ἐξ ἀκοῆς λέγειν Pl. Phd. 61d; τὰς ἀ. τῶν προγεγενημένων traditions, Th. 1.20; ἀκοαὶ.. λόγων Id. 1.73; ἀκοὴν μαρτυρεῖν, προσάγειν, give, bring hearsay evidence, D. 57.4; βαρὺν.. ἀκοῆς ψόφον AP 6.220 (Diosc.); ἐκ γὰρ ἀκουῆς οἰκτίρω σε ib. 7.220 (Agath.).


1. sense of hearing, Hdt. 1.38, etc.; joined with ὄψις, Pl. Phd. 65b, etc.; οἷς ὦτα μέν ἐστιν, ἀκοαὶδὲ οὐκ ἔνεισιν Ph. 1.474.

2. act of hearing, ἐς ἀκοὰν ἐμήν to my hearing, my ear, A. Pr. 689; γᾶρυν ἀραρεῖν ἀκοαῖσι Simon. 41; ὀξεῖαν ἀ... λόγοις διδούς S. El. 30; ἀκοῇ κλύειν Id. Ph. 1412; ἀκοαῖς δέχεσθαι, εἰς ἀκοὰς.. ἥκειν, E. IT 1496, Ph. 1480; δι' ἀκοῆς αἰσθάνεσθαι Pl. Lg. 900a; ἀκοὴν ὑπειπών demanding a hearing, E. HF 962; τοῖς ἀκροάμασι τὰς ἀ. ἀνατεθεικώς Plb. 24.5.9.

3. ear, ὀππάτεσσι δ' οὖδεν ὄρημ', ἐπιρρόμβεισι δ' ἄκουαι Sapph. 2.12, cf. A.R. 4.17; ἀπεσθίει μου τὴν ἀ. Hermipp. 52, cf. Pherecr. 199; δυσὶν ἀκοαῖς κρίνειν with two ears, Arist. Pol. 1287b27, cf. Pr. 960a30, Call. Fr. 106.5.

III hearing, listening to, ἀκοῆς ἄξιος Pl. Tht. 142d; εἰς ἀκοὴν φωνῆς within hearing of.., D.S. 19.41. obedience, ἀ. ὑπὲρ θυσίαν ἀγαθή LXX 1 Kings 15:22. in pl., place where supernatural voices are heard, IG 4.955.10 (Epid.), Marin. Procl. 32; αἱ ἀ. τοῦ θεοῦ Aristid. Or. 47(23).13.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἀκοή, (ῆς, , (from an assumed perfect form ἤκοα, cf. ἀγορά above (but cf. epic Ακουν; Curtius, p. 555));

1. hearing, by which one perceives sounds; sense of hearing 1 Corinthians 12:17; 2 Peter 2:8. Hebraistically, ἀκοή ἀκούειν by hearing to hear, i. e., to perceive by hearing, Matthew 13:14; Acts 28:26 ( Isaiah 6:9); cf. Winer s Grammar, § 44,8 Rem. 3, p. 339; § 54,3, p. 466; (Buttmann, 183 f (159)).

2. the organ of hearing, the ear: Mark 7:35; Luke 7:1; 2 Timothy 4:3,4; Acts 17:20; Hebrews 5:11.

3. a thing heard;

a. instruction, namely oral; specifically, the preaching of the gospel, ( A. V. text report): John 12:38; Romans 10:16f (τίς ἐπίστευσε τῇ ἀκοή ἡμῶν; from Isaiah 53:1, Hebrew שְׁמוּעָה, which in 2 Samuel 4:4, etc., is rendered ἀγγελία); ἀκοή πίστεως preaching on the necessity of faith, (German Glaubenspredigt), Galatians 3:2,5; λόγος ἀκοῆς equivalent to λόγος ἀκουσθείς (cf. Winer's Grammar, 531 (494 f)): 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:2.

b. hearsay, report, rumor; τίνος, concerning anyone: Matthew 4:24; Matthew 14:1; Matthew 24:6; Mark 1:28; Mark 13:7. (Frequent in Greek writings.)

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The word is sometimes concrete, denoting ";the ear"; : so in the late document cited above under ἀκλινής, and in P Oxy I. 129.4 (vi/AD.) εἰς ἀκοὰς ἐμὰς ἦλθεν. Much earlier is Wünsch AF 1.17 (i/ii A.D.) where ἀκοάς stands between ἐνκέφαλον [πρόσω ]πον and ὀφρ [ῦς ] μυκτῆρας. Its more normal sense of ";hearing"; appears in a would-be cultured letter, BGU IV. 1080.6 (iii/A.D.) ( = Chrest. I. p. 564) καὶ ἡμεῖς δὲ ἀκοῇ ἀπόντες ὡς παρόντες διαθέσι ηὐφράνθημεν : the writer is able to quote Homer. It is joined with ὄσφρησις (as in 1 Corinthians 12:17) in the quasi-literary P Ryl II. 63.5 (iii/A.D.—an astrological dialogue).


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