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Entry for Strong's #3754 - ὅτι

Transliteration:
hóti
Phonetics:
hot'-ee  
Word Origin:
neuter of (3748) as conjunction
Parts of Speech:
Conjunction
TDNT:
demonst. that (sometimes redun
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. that, because, since
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ὅτῐ,

ὅττῐ (both in Hom.):

Conj., to introduce an objective clause, that, after Verbs of seeing or knowing, thinking or saying; in Hom. freq. strengthd. ὅτι ῥα, and ὅτι δή: —

Usage:

I

1. when ὅτι introduces a statement of fact: in Hom. always with ind., the tense following the same rules as in English, ἤγγειλ' ὅττι ῥά οἱ πόσις ἔκτοθι μίμνε πυλάων Il. 22.439. in Att., ὅτι takes ind. after primary tenses, ind. or opt. after secondary tenses, e.g. ἐνδείκνυμαι ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι σοφός Pl. Ap. 23b; ᾔσθετο ὅτι τὸ Μένωνος στράτευμα ἤδη ἐν Κιλικίᾳ ἦν X. An. 1.2.21, cf. 2.2.15, al.; ἔλεγον ὅτι οὐκ ὀρθῶς αἱ σπονδαὶ γένοιντο Th. 5.61, cf. Pl. Phd. 59e, etc.; ἠπείλησ' ὅτι.. βαδιοίμην Ar. Pl. 88: the ind. is freq. retained in the same tense which the speaker used or would have used, ἠγγέλθη.. ὅτι Μέγαρα ἀφέστηκε news came that Megara had (lit. has) revolted, Th. 1.114; ἀποκρινάμενοι ὅτι πέμψουσι ib. 90: sts. opt. and ind. are found in the same sentence, ἔλεγον, ὅτι Κῦρος μὲν τέθνηκεν, Ἀριαῖος δὲ πεφευγὼς.. εἴη X. An. 2.1.3; Περικλῆς.. προηγόρευε.. ὅτι Ἀρχίδαμος μέν οἱ ξένος εἴη.., τοὺς δ' ἀγροὺς τοὺς ἑαυτοῦ καὶ οἰκίας.., ἀφίησιν αὐτὰ δημόσια εἶναι Th. 2.13, cf. Pl. Phd. 61b, etc.: also ὅτι.. and the acc. with inf. are found together, Th. 3.25, X. Cyr. 1.3.13.

2. when ὅτι introduces a conditional sentence, the Constr. after ὅτι is the same as in independent conditional sentences, εἴ τις ἔροιτο, καθ' ὁποίους νόμους δεῖ πολιτεύεσθαι, δῆλον ὅτι ἀποκρίναισθ' ἄν.. it is manifest that you would answer.., D. 46.12, cf. X. Mem. 1.6.12.

II

1. ὅτι is freq. inserted pleon. in introducing a quotation (where we use no Conj. and put inverted commas), λόγον τόνδε ἐκφαίνει ὁ Πρωτεύς, λέγων ὅτι ἐγὼ εἰ μὴ περὶ πολλοῦ ἡγεύμην.. Hdt. 2.115; καὶ ἐγὼ εἶπον, ὅ. ἡ αὐτή μοι ἀρχή ἐστι.. Pl. Prt. 318a, cf. 356a, 361a, etc.; even where the quotation consists of one word, ib. 330c, Men. 74b, 74c.

2. ὅ. is also used pleon. with the inf. and acc. (cf. ὡς B. I.I), εἶπον ὅτι πρῶτον ἐμὲ χρῆναι πειραθῆναι κατ' ἐμαυτόν (which is in fact a mixture of two constrr.) Id. Lg. 892d, cf. Phd. 63c, X. HG 2.2.2, etc.; but ὅτι has freq. been wrongly inserted by the copyists, as if εἶπεν or λέγουσιν must be followed by it, as in Th. 4.37 (om. Pap.), X. Cyr. 5.4.1, etc.

III

1. ὅτι in Att. freq. represents a whole sentence, esp. in affirm. answers, οὐκοῦν.. τὸ ἀδικεῖν κάκιον ἂν εἴη τοῦ ἀδικεῖσθαι. Answ. δῆλον δὴ ὅτι (i.e. ὅτι κάκιον ἂν εἴη, or ὅτι ταῦτα οὕτως ἔχει) Pl. Grg. 475c; cf. οἶδ' ὅτι, ἴσθ' ὅτι, οἶσθ' ὅτι, S. Ant. 276, 758, Pl. Grg. 486a, etc.: hence arose the practice of using δηλονότι (q.v.) as Adv.

2. what we make the subject of the Verb which follows ὅτι freq. stands in the preceding clause, Αυκάονας δὲ καὶ αὐτοὶ εἴδομεν, ὅτι.. καρποῦνται (for εἴδομεν, ὅτι Λυκάονες καρποῦνται) X. An. 3.2.23, cf. 3.2.29, etc. ὅτι sts.= with regard to the fact that, ὅτι.. οὔ φησι.. ὄνομα εἶναι, ὑποπτεύω αὐτὸν σκώπτειν Pl. Cra. 384c, cf. Prt. 330e, etc. οὐχ ὅ..., ἀλλὰ or ἀλλὰ καὶ.., οὐχ ὅ. ὁ Κρίτων ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ ἦν, ἀλλὰ οἱ φίλοι αὐτοῦ not only Crito.., but his friends, X. Mem. 2.9.8; more fully, οὐ μόνον ὅ. ἄνδρες, ἀλλὰ καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες Pl. Smp. 179b: so folld. by ἀλλ' οὐδὲ.., ταύτῃ ἀδύνατα ἐξισοῦσθαι οὐχ ὅ. τὰ ἐν τῇ Εὐρώπῃ, ἀλλ' οὐδ' ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ not only the powers in Europe, but.., Th. 2.97: οὐχ ὅ., not folld. by a second clause, means although, οὐχ ὅ. παίζει καί φησι Pl. Prt. 336d, cf. Grg. 450e, Tht. 157b; cf. ὅπως A. II. 2.

2. for ὅτι μή, v. ὅ τι 11.

1. as a causal Particle, for that, because, generally after Verbs of feeling, Il. 1.56, 14.407, al.; οὐδὲν ἐκπλαγείς, ὅτι.. εἶδες Jul. Or. 1.31a: but without such a Verb, ὃν περὶ πάσης τῖεν ὁμηλικίης, ὅτι οἱ φρεσὶν ἄρτια ᾔδη Il. 5.326, cf. 9.76, al.; μάλιστα δ' αὐτοὺς ἐπεκαλέσαντο ὅτι τειχομαχεῖν ἐδόκουν δυνατοὶ εἶναι Th. 1.102, cf. And. 1.75, Aeschin. 3.231; so ὅτιπερ Th. 4.14. folld. by τί, ὅτι τί; why? (lit. because why?) D. 23.214; ὅτι τί δή; Ar. Pl. 136, Luc. Dem.Enc. 22; ὅτι δὴ τί μάλιστα; Pl. R. 343a; ὅτι δὴ τί γε; Id. Chrm. 161c; cf. ὁτιή.

2. seeing that, in giving the reason for saying what is said, γλαυκὴ δέ σε τίκτε θάλασσα.. ὅτι τοι νόος ἐστὶν ἀπηνής as is proved by the fact that.., Il. 16.35, cf. 21.488, Od. 22.36. [The last syll. is never elided in Att., prob. to avoid confusion with ὅτε: in Hom. ὅτ' (ὅ τ') prob. always represents ὅτε (ὅ τε): there are no examples of ὅττ': hiatus after ὅτι is permitted in Com., Ar. Lys. 611, Ach. 516.]

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ὅτι (properly neuter of ὅστις), a conjunction (from Homer down) (Latin quod (cf. Winer s Grammar, § 53,8b.; Buttmann, § 139,51; § 149,3)), marking:

I. the substance or contents (of a statement), that;

1. joined to verbs of saying and declaring (where the accusative and infinitive is used in Latin): ἀναγγέλλειν, Acts 14:27; διηγεῖσθαι, Acts 9:27; εἰπεῖν, Matthew 16:20; Matthew 28:7,13; John 7:42; John 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:15; λέγειν, Matthew 3:9; Matthew 8:11; Mark 3:28; Luke 15:7; John 16:20; Romans 4:9 ( T Tr WH omit; L brackets ὅτι); Romans 9:2>, and very often; προειρηκέναι, 2 Corinthians 7:3; before the ὅτι in Acts 14:22 supply λέγοντες, contained in the preceding παρακαλοῦντες (cf. Buttmann, § 151,11); ὅτι after γράφειν, 1 Corinthians 9:10; 1 John 2:12-14; μαρτυρεῖν, Matthew 23:31; John 1:34; John 3:28; John 4:44; ὁμολογεῖν, Hebrews 11:13; δεικνύειν, Matthew 16:21; δηλουν, 1 Corinthians 1:11; διδάσκειν, 1 Corinthians 11:14. after ἐμφανίζειν, Hebrews 11:14; δῆλον (ἐστιν), 1 Corinthians 15:27; Galatians 3:11; 1 Timothy 6:7 (where L T Tr WH omit δῆλον (and then ὅτι simply introduces the reason, because ( Buttmann, 358 (308) to the contrary))); φανεροῦμαι (for φανερόν γίνεται περί ἐμοῦ), 2 Corinthians 3:3; 1 John 2:19. It is added — to verbs of swearing, and to forms of oath and affirmation: ὄμνυμι, Revelation 10:6; ζῶ ἐγώ (see ζάω, I:1, p. 270{a}), Romans 14:11; μάρτυρα τόν Θεόν ἐπικαλοῦμαι, 2 Corinthians 1:23; πιστός Θεός, 2 Corinthians 1:18; ἐστιν ἀλήθεια Χριστοῦ ἐν ἐμοί, 2 Corinthians 11:10; ἰδού ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ, Galatians 1:20; cf. Fritzsche, Ep. ad Romans , ii., p. 242 f; ( Winer s Grammar, § 53,9; Buttmann, 394 (338)); — to verbs of perceiving, knowing, remembering, etc.: ἀκούειν, John 14:28; βλέπειν, 2 Corinthians 7:8; Hebrews 3:19; James 2:22; θέασθαι, John 6:5; γινώσκειν, Matthew 21:45; Luke 10:11; John 4:53; 2 Corinthians 13:6; 1 John 2:5, etc.; after τοῦτο, Romans 6:6; εἰδέναι, Matthew 6:32; Matthew 22:16; Mark 2:10; Luke 2:49; John 4:42; John 9:20,24; Romans 2:2; Romans 6:9; Philippians 4:15f, and very often γνωστόν ἐστιν, Acts 28:28; ἐπιγινώσκειν, Mark 2:8; Luke 1:22; Acts 4:13; ἐπίστασθαί, Acts 15:7; νόειν, Matthew 15:17; ὁρᾶν, James 2:24; καταλαμβάνειν, Acts 4:13; Acts 10:34; συνιέναι, Matthew 16:12; ἀγνοεῖν, Romans 1:13; Romans 2:4; Romans 6:3, etc.; ἀναγινώσκειν, Matthew 12:5; Matthew 19:4; μνημονεύειν, John 16:5; — to verbs of thinking, believing, judging, hoping: λογίζεσθαι, John 11:50 L T Tr WH; after τοῦτο, Romans 2:3; 2 Corinthians 10:11; νομίζειν, Matthew 5:17; οἶμαι, James 1:7; πέπεισμαι, Romans 8:38; Romans 14:14; Romans 15:14; 2 Timothy 1:5,12; πεποιθέναι, Luke 18:9; 2 Corinthians 2:3; Philippians 2:24; Galatians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:4; Hebrews 13:18; πιστεύειν, Matthew 9:28; Mark 11:23; Romans 10:9; ὑπολαμβάνειν, Luke 7:43; δοκεῖν, Matthew 6:7; Matthew 26:53; John 20:15; ἐλπίζειν, Luke 24:21; 2 Corinthians 13:6; κρίνειν τοῦτο ὅτι, 2 Corinthians 5:14 (15); — to verbs of emotion (where in Latin now the accusative and infinitive is used, now quod): θαυμάζειν Luke 11:38; χαίρειν, John 14:28; 2 Corinthians 7:9,16; Philippians 4:10; 2 John 1:4; ἐν τούτῳ ὅτι, Luke 10:20; συγχαίρειν, Luke 15:6,9; μέλει μοι (σοι, αὐτῷ), Mark 4:38; Luke 10:40; — to verbs of praising, thanking, blaming (where the Latin uses quod): ἐπαινεῖν, Luke 16:8; 1 Corinthians 11:2,17; ἐξομολογεῖσθαι, Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; εὐχαριστεῖν, Luke 18:11; χάρις τῷ Θεῷ, Romans 6:17; χάριν ἔχω τίνι, 1 Timothy 1:12; ἔχω κατά τίνος, ὅτι etc. Revelation 2:4; ἔχω τοῦτο ὅτι, I have this (which is praiseworthy) that, Revelation 2:6; add, John 7:23 (but here ὅτι is causal; cf. Winer's Grammar, § 53,8b.); 1 Corinthians 6:7; — to the verb εἶναι, when that precedes with a demons. pronoun, in order to define more exactly what thing is or wherein it may be seen: αὕτη ἐστιν ὅτι (Latin quod), John 3:19; ἐν τούτῳ ὅτι, 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:9f, 13, etc.; περί τούτου ὅτι, John 16:19; οὐχ οἷον δέ ὅτι (see οἷος), Romans 9:6; — to the verbs γίνεσθαι and εἶναι with an interrogative pronoun, as τί γέγονεν ὅτι etc., what has come to pass that? our how comes it that? John 14:22; τί ( L marginal reading τίς) ἐστιν ἄνθρωπος, ὅτι, Hebrews 2:6 from Psalm 8:5. τίς λόγος οὗτος (namely, ἐστιν), ὅτι, Luke 4:36; ποταπός ἐστιν οὗτος, ὅτι, Matthew 8:27; τίς διδαχή αὕτη, ὅτι, Mark 1:27 Rec.; add Mark 4:41.

2. in elliptical formulas ( Buttmann, 358 (307); ( Winer's Grammar, 585 (544) note)): τί ὅτι etc., equivalent to τί ἐστιν ὅτι ( A. V. how is it that), wherefore? Mark 2:16 R G L (others omit τί; cf. 5 below, and see ὅστις, 4); Luke 2:49; Acts 5:4,9. οὐχ ὅτι for οὐ λέγω ὅτι, our not that, not as though, cf. Buttmann, § 150,1; ( Winer's Grammar, 597 (555)); thus, John 6:46; John 7:22; 2 Corinthians 1:24; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 3:12; Philippians 4:11. ὅτι is used for εἰς ἐκεῖνο ὅτι (in reference to the fact that (English seeing that, in that")): thus in John 2:18; (Meyer (see his note on 1 Corinthians 1:26) would add many other examples, among them John 9:17 (see below)); for ἐν τούτῳ ὅτι, Romans 5:8; for περί τούτου ὅτι, concerning this, that: so after λαλεῖν, Mark 1:34; Luke 4:41 (others take ὅτι, in these examples and those after διαλογ. which follow in a causal sense; cf. Winer's Grammar, as below (Ellicott on 2 Thessalonians 3:7)); after λέγειν, John 9:17 (see above); after διαλογίζεσθαι, Matthew 16:8; Mark 8:17 (after ἀποστέλλειν σπιστολας, 1 Maccabees 12:7). See examples from classic authors in Fritzsche on Matthew , p. 248f; (Meyer, as above; cf. Winer's Grammar, § 53,8b.).

3. Noteworthy is the attraction, not uncommon, by which the noun that would naturally be the subject of the subjoined clause, is attracted by the verb of the principal clause and becomes its object (cf. Winer's Grammar, § 66,5; B § 151,1a.); as, οἴδατε τήν οἰκίαν Στεφανᾶ, ὅτι ἐστιν ἀπαρχή, for οἴδατε, ὅτι οἰκία Στεφανᾶ, κτλ., 1 Corinthians 16:15; also after εἰδέναι and ἰδεῖν, Mark 12:34; 1 Thessalonians 2:1; so after other verbs of knowing, declaring, etc.: Matthew 25:24; John 9:8; Acts 3:10; Acts 9:20; 1 Corinthians 3:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 17:8, etc.; ὅν ὑμεῖς λέγετε ὅτι Θεός ὑμῶν ἐστι, for περί οὐ (cf. Luke 21:5) ὑμεῖς λέγετε ὅτι, John 8:54.

4. As respects construction, ὅτι is joined in the N. T.

a. to the indicative even where the opinion of another is introduced, and therefore according to classical usage the optative should have been used; as, διεστείλατο ... ἵνα μηδενί εἴπωσιν, ὅτι αὐτός ἐστιν Χριστός, Matthew 16:20; add, Matthew 16:21>; Matthew 4:12; 20:30>, etc.

b. to that subjunctive after ὀυτ μή which differs scarcely at all from the future (see μή, IV:2, p. 411 a; (cf. Winer's Grammar, 508 (473))): Matthew 5:20; Matthew 26:29 ( R G; others omit ὅτι); Mark 14:25; Luke 21:32; John 11:56 (where before ὅτι supply δοκεῖτε, borrowed from the preceding δοκεῖ); but in Romans 3:8 ὅτι before ποιήσωμεν (hortatory subjunctive (cf. Winer s Grammar, § 41a. 4a.; Buttmann, 245 (211))) is recitative (see 5 below), depending on λέγουσι ( Winer s Grammar, 628 (583); Buttmann, § 141,3).

c. to the infinitive, by a mingling of two constructions, common even in classic Greek, according to which the writer beginning the construction with ὅτι falls into the construction of the accusative with an infinitive: Acts 27:10; cf. Winer s Grammar, 339 (318) N. 2; (sec. 63,2c.; Buttmann, 383 (328)). On the anacoluthon found in 1 Corinthians 12:2, according to the reading ὅτι ὅτε (which appears in the Sinaiticus manuscript also (and is adopted by L brackets T Tr WH (yet cf. their note))), cf. Buttmann, 383 f (328f).

5. ὅτι is placed before direct discourse (`recitative' ὅτι) ( Buttmann,sec. 139,51; Winer's Grammar, § 65,3c.; § 60,9 (and Moulton's note)): Matthew 2:23(?); Matthew 7:23; 16:7; 21:16; 26:72,74; 27:43>; Mark (Mark 2:16> T Tr WH (see 2above); but see ὅστις, 4); Mark 6:23; 12:19> (cf. Buttmann, 237 (204)); Luke 1:61; Luke 2:23; Luke 4:43; Luke 15:27; John 1:20; John 4:17; John 15:25; John 16:17; Acts 15:1; Hebrews 11:18; 1 John 4:20; Revelation 3:17, etc.; most frequently after λέγω, which see II:1a., p. 373{a} bottom (Noteworthy Isaiah 2Thessalonians 3:10, cf. Buttmann, § 139,53.)

II. the reason why anything is said to be or to be done, because, since, for that, for (a causal conjunc.; Latin quod, quia, quom, nam); (on the difference between it and γάρ cf. Westcott, Epistles of John , p. 70);

a. it is added to a speaker's words to show what ground he gives for his opinion; as, μακάριος etc. ὅτι, Matthew 5:4-12; Matthew 13:16; Luke 6:20; Luke 14:14; after οὐαί, Matthew 11:21; Matthew 23:13-15,23, 25,27, 29; Luke 6:24; Luke 10:13; Luke 11:42-44,46, 52; Jude 1:11; cf. further, Matthew 7:13; Matthew 17:15; Matthew 25:8; Mark 5:9; Mark 9:38 ( G Tr marginal reading omit; Tr text brackets the clause); Luke 7:47; Luke 23:40; John 1:30; John 5:27; John 9:16; John 16:9-11,14, 16 ( T Tr WH omit; L brackets the clause); Acts 1:5, and often; — or is added by the narrator, to give the reason for his own opinion: Matthew 2:18; Matthew 9:36; Mark 3:30; Mark 6:34; John 2:25; Acts 1:17; — or, in general, by a teacher, and often in such a way that it relates to his entire statement or views: Matthew 5:43; 1 John 4:18; 2 John 1:7; Revelation 3:10.

b. ὅτι makes reference to some word or words that precede or immediately follow it (cf. Winer s Grammar, § 23,5; § 53,8b.; Buttmann, § 127,6); as, διά τοῦτο, John 8:47; John 10:17; John 12:39; 1 John 3:1, etc. διά τί; Romans 9:32; 2 Corinthians 11:11. χάριν τίνος; 1 John 3:12. οὕτως, Revelation 3:16. ἐν τούτῳ, 1 John 3:20. ὅτι in the protasis, John 1:50(John 1:51>); John 20:29>. It is followed by διά τοῦτο, John 15:19. οὐχ ὅτι ... ἀλλ' ὅτι, not because ... but because, John 6:26; John 12:6.

III. On the combination ὡς ὅτι see ὡς, I:3.

[ὅτι (interrog) interrogative, i. e. , τί or τί, see ὅστις, 4 (and at the beginning).) ὅστις, 4 (and at the beginning).]

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