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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #3315 - μεσιτεύω

Word Origin:
from (3316)
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Word Definition  [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to act as a mediator between litigating or covenanting parties
    1. to accomplish something by interposing between two parties
    2. to mediate
  2. act as a sponsor or surety
    1. to pledge one's self, give surety
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. act as arbiter or mediator, J. AJ 16.4.3, BGU 709.18 (ii A. D.), Babr. 39.2, etc.; τισι BGU 906.7 (i A. D.), etc.; μ. ὅρκῳ Hebrews 6:17; act as go-between, τῇ Πασιφάῃ πρὸς τὸν ἔρωτα τοῦ ταύρου Eust. 1166.25.

2. trans., mediate, negotiate, τὴν διάλυσιν μ. Plb. 11.34.3; τὰς συνθήκας OGI 437.76 (Pergam., i B. C.), D.H. 9.59, D.S. 19.71; τὰς διαλλαγάς Nic.Dam. 130.29 J.

3. pledge, mortgage property, CPR 1.19 (i A. D.), etc.

4. = μεσιδιόω, χειρόγραφον παρά τινι Möller Pap.Berl. Mus. 2.11 (Pass., i A. D.), Suid.

5. add as a third constituent, χάλκανθον Zos.Alch. p.113 B.


1. intr., τὰ χρήματα μ. lies on deposit with a stakeholder, Plb. Fr. 183.

2. lie between, μονάδος καὶ δεκάδος Theol.Ar. 44.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 μεσιτεύω: 1aorist ἐμεσίτευσα; (μεσίτης (cf. Winer's Grammar, p. 25e.));

1. to act as mediator, between litigating or covenanting parties; translated as to accomplish something by interposing between two parties, to mediate, (with the accusative of the result): τήν διαλυσιν, Polybius 11,34, 3; τάς συνθήκας, Diodorus 19,71; Dionysius Halicarnassus 9,59; (cf. Philo de plant. Noë, 2:2 at the end).

2. as a μεσίτης is a sponsor or surety ( Josephus, Antiquities 4,6, 7 ταῦτα ὀμνυντες ἔλεγον καί τόν Θεόν μεσιτην ὧν ὑπισχνουντο ποιούμενοι (cf. Philo de spec. legg. 3:7 ἀοράτῳ δέ πράγματι πάντως ἀόρατος μεσιτευει Θεός etc.)), so μεσιτεύω comes to signify to pledge oneself, give surety: ὅρκῳ, Hebrews 6:17.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* μεσιτεύω

(< μεσίτης ),

to interpose, mediate: ὅρκῳ , Hebrews 6:17 (MM, ii, 111).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
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