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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #2013 - ἐπιτυγχάνω

Word Origin:
from (1909) and (5177)
Parts of Speech:
Word Definition  [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to light or hit upon any person or thing
  2. to attain to, obtain
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2760 ‑ חָרַךְ (khaw‑rak');   6743 ‑ צָלֵחַ (tsaw‑lakh', tsaw‑lay'‑akh);  
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


I fut. -τεύξομαι Pl. R. 431c: aor. 2 ἐπέτῠχον: pf. -τετύχηκα Arist. Oec. 1352b5: prop. hit the mark, τοῦ σκοποῦ, opp. ἀποτυγχάνω, Id. EN 1106b33; οἱ πολλὰ βάλλοντες ἐπιτυγχάνουσι πολλάκις Plu. 2.438a: hence,


1. light or fall upon, meet with, I c. dat. pers., Ar. Nu. 195, 535, Th. 3.75; ἐ. γυναικὶ βιαζομένῃ Pl. Lg. 874c: also c.dat.rei, ἐ. σορῷ Hdt. 1.68; ναυσί Th. 8.34; βιβλίῳ Luc. Dem.Enc. 27; .[ταῖς θύραις] ἀνεῳγμέναις to find them open, Pl. Smp. 223b.

2. c.gen.pers., μετρίου ἀνδρός Ar. Pl. 245, cf. Plu. Art. 12: c.gen.rei, ἐ. ὁλκάδος ἀναγομένης Th. 3.3; εὐώνων ἐ. a low market, Arist. Oec. l.c.

3. rarely c.acc., τὰς ἁπλᾶς [ἐπιθυμίας] ἐν ὀλίγοις ἐπιτεύξῃ Pl. R. 431c; ἅττ' ἂν ἐπιτύχῃς Eub. 123.5.

4. abs., Ar. Ra. 570, Th. 6.38; mostly ὁ ἐπιτυχών the first person one meets, any chance person, esp. in pl., Hdt. 2.2, Antipho 2.1.1: with neg., οὐδὲ φαύλων ἀνδρῶν οὐδὲ τῶν ἐ. Pl. Cra. 390d; οὐ γὰρ οἶμαι τοῦ ἐ. εἶναι.. Id. Euthphr. 4a; οὐ περὶ τοῦ ἐ. on no common matter, Id. R. 352d: without the Art., ἐπιτυχόντος ἀνθρώπου λόγος E. HF 1248, cf. Phot. p.140R. (=gloss on Eup. 25D.).


1. attain to, reach, gain one's end, c.gen.rei, X. Mem. 4.2.28, D. 48.3; εὐχωλᾶς Inscr.Cypr. 134 H. (iv B.C.); πολιτείας BGU 113.3 (ii A.D.), etc.; τοῦ καλῶς [μειγνύναι] Pl. Phlb. 61d; ἐ. τοῦ ἀγῶνος gain one's suit, D. 48.30; profit by, benefit by, φιλανθρωπίας BGU 522.8 (ii A.D.): abs., οὐ δύνασθε ἐπιτυχεῖν Ephesians 4:2.

2. c. part., succeed in doing, Hdt. 8.101, 103 (but ζητέων ἐπιτυγχάνειν find, light upon by searching, Hp. VM 24): so c. inf., Luc. Nec. 6; γαμβροῦ ὁ ἐπιτυχὼν εὗρεν υἱόν he who is lucky in his son-in-law, Democr. 272.

3. c.dat.modi, to be lucky, successful in a thing, μάχῃ Aeschin. 3.165: abs., to be successful, Pl. Men. 97c, Th. 3.42, Arist. Rh. 1354a9; ἂν ἐπιτύχῃ if she succeeds, Men. Epit. 346; τἆλλα ἐ. X. HG 4.5.19: also impers., αὐτῷ οὐδὲν ἐπετύγχανε Ant.Lib. 41.6.

4. Pass., turn out well, αἱ ἐπιτετευγμέναι πράξεις successful, Plb. 6.53.2, cf. Hipparch. ap. Stob. 4.44.81, D.S. 1.1, Plu. 2.674a; φάρμακον -τετευγμένον proved remedy, Heraclid. Tarent. ap. Gal. 12.403. c.dat.pers., converse, talk with one, Pl. Lg. 758c.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἐπιτυγχάνω: 2aorist ἐπέτυχον;

1. to light or hit upon any person or thing ( Aristophanes, Thucydides, Xenophon, Plato).

2. to attain to, obtain: James 4:2; with the genitive of thing, Hebrews 6:15; Hebrews 11:33; with the accusative of thing: τοῦτο, Romans 11:7 (where Rec. τούτου). Cf. Matthiae, § 328; ( Winer's Grammar, 200 (188)).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐπι -τυγχάνω ,

[in LXX: Genesis 39:2 (H6743 hi.), Proverbs 12:27 (H2760)*;]

1. to light upon.

2. to obtain, attain to: James 4:2, c. gen. rei (as in cl.), Hebrews 6:15; Hebrews 11:33; c. acc (late Gk.), Romans 11:7 (Rec. τούτου ).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Hort on James 4:2 states that ";ἐπιτυγχάνω does not properly mean to ‘obtain,’ i.e. get possession, but to ‘attain,’ i.e. either fall in with or hit the mark, and is specially used absolutely of being successful."; Of this meaning we have a good ex. in P Tebt II. 314.10 (ii/A.D.) τῆς δὲ τῶν φίλων σπουδῆς τυχόντος ἐπετύχαμ ̣ε ̣ν ̣, ";by means of the good offices of our friends we achieved it"; (Edd.) : cf. BGU I. 332.6 (ii/iii A.D.) εὐχομένη ἡμᾶς ὑγιαίνοντες (l. τας) ἀπολαβεῖν, ὡς εὔχομαι ἐπιτετευχότας (cf. Hebrews 8:6 אcB, Deissmann BS p. 190). For the absolute use see also P Oxy I. 72.7 (A.D. 90) ἀπογράφομαι Μάρκῳ Πουρκίῳ ἐπιτυγχάνοντι ἀπόντι, ";I register for M. P. who happens to be away."; For the constr. with the gen., as in Hebrews 6:15; Hebrews 11:33, cf. BGU I. 113.8 (A.D. 143) ἐπιτυχόντες. . . τῆς Ῥωμαίων πολειτίας, ib. II. 522.8 (ii/A.D.) αὐτὴ δέομαι, γυν [ ] χήρα καὶ ἀθοήτητος (l. ἀβοήθ —), ἐπιτ [υχε ]ι ̣̑ν τῆς αὐτῆς φιλανθρωπίας. With the acc., as in Romans 11:7, cf. P Par 29.26 (B.C. 161–0) ὑμῖν δὲ γίνοιτο πᾶν ὃ ἂν ἐπιβάλλησθ᾽ ἐπιτυγχάνειν, and with the dat., cf. P Oxy III. 474.33 (A.D. 184?) ἐπιτυγχάνων τοῖς ἀργυρικοῖς λόγοις, where the editors translate ";on examining the accounts of the money revenue."; The subst. = ";success"; appears in OGIS 678.2 (time of Hadrian) ὑπὲρ. . τῆς τῶν ὑπὸ αὐτοῦ ἐπιταγέντων ἔργων ἐπιτυχίας : cf. the adv. ib. 556.6 πρεσβεύσαντα ἐπιτυχῶς ὑπὲρ τῆς ἐλευθερίας. MGr ἐπιτυχαίνω, ";succeed,"; ";attain.";


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