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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Command

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1: διατάσσω
(Strong's #1299 — Verb — diatasso — dee-at-as'-so )

signifies "to set in order, appoint, command," Matthew 11:1 ; Luke 8:55 ; 17:9,10 ; Acts 18:2 ; 23:31 ; "gave order," 1 Corinthians 16:1 , RV. So in Acts 24:23 , where it is in the Middle Voice. See APPOINT , No. 6.

2: ἔπω
(Strong's #2036 — Verb — epo — ep'-o )

denotes "to speak" (connected with eipon, "to say"); hence, among various renderings, "to bid, command," Matthew 4:3 ; Mark 5:43 ; 8:7 ; Luke 4:3 ; 19:15 . See BID.

Note: In 2 Corinthians 4:6 , the RV rightly has "said," followed by the quotation "Light shall shine out of darkness."

3: ἐντέλλω
(Strong's #1781 — Verb — entello — en-tel'-lom-ahee )

signifies "to enjoin upon, to charge with;" it is used in the Middle Voice in the sense of commanding, Matthew 19:7 ; 28:20 ; Mark 10:3 ; 13:34 ; John 8:5 ; 15:14,17 ; Acts 13:47 ; Hebrews 9:20 ; 11:22 , "gave commandment." See CHARGE , ENJOIN.

4: ἐπιτάσσω
(Strong's #2004 — Verb — epitasso — ep-ee-tas'-so )

signifies to appoint over, put in charge (epi, "over," tasso, "to appoint"); then, "to put upon one as a duty, to enjoin," Mark 1:27 ; 6:27,39 ; 9:25 ; Luke 4:36 ; 8:25,31 ; 14:22 ; Acts 23:2 ; Philemon 1:8 . See CHARGE , ENJOIN.

5: κελεύω
(Strong's #2753 — Verb — keleuo — kel-yoo'-o )

"to urge, incite, order," suggests a stronger injunction than No. 6, Matthew 14:9,19 ; 15:35 ; 18:25 ; 27:58,64 ; Luke 18:40 ; Acts 4:15 (frequently in Acts, not subsequently in the NT). See BID.

6: παραγγέλλω
(Strong's #3853 — Verb — parangello — par-ang-gel'-lo )

"to announce beside" (para, "beside," angello, "to announce"), "to pass on an announcement," hence denotes "to give the word, order, give a charge, command," e.g., Mark 6:8 ; Luke 8:29 ; 9:21 ; Acts 5:28 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:4,6,10,12 . See CHARGE , B, No. 8.

7: προστάσσω
(Strong's #4367 — Verb — prostasso — pros-tas'-so )

denotes "to arrange or set in order towards" (pros, "towards," tasso, "to arrange"); hence "to prescribe, give command," Matthew 1:24 ; 8:4 ; Mark 1:44 ; Luke 5:14 ; Acts 10:33,48 . For Matthew 21:6 see Note (3) below. See BID.

Notes: (1) In Revelation 9:4 , rheo, "to speak," is translated "said" in the RV (AV, "commanded"). (2) in Hebrews 12:20 diastellomai, "to charge, enjoin" (so in the RV), is rendered "commanded" in the AV. (3) in Matthew 21:6 , the RV, translating suntasso, as in the best mss., has "appointed," AV, "commanded."


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Command'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/c/command.html. 1940.

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