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Strong's #1558 - ἔκδικος

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  1. without law and justice
  2. exacting penalty from one
    1. an avenger, punisher
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Romans 1
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἔκδῐκ-ος, ον,

I lawless, unjust, ἔκδικα πάσχω A. Pr. 1093 (anap.); of persons, S. OC 920, Ael. NA 16.5 (Sup.). Adv. -κως A. Pr. 976, etc.


1. maintaining the right, avenging, ἔχει θεὸς ἔ. ὄμμα Batr. 97; ἔ. χρόνος AP 12.35 (Diocl.), cf. LXX Wi. 12.12.

2. Subst., avenger, Hdn. 7.4.5; αἱ Ἰβύκου ἔ. Plu. 2.509f.

3. public advocate or prosecutor, IG 9(1).61, Cic. Fam. 13.56.1, Michel 459 (Telmessus), BMus.Inscr. 481*.315 (Ephesus, ii A.D.).

4. generally, legal representative, POxy. 261.14 (i A.D.), Plin. Traj. 110, etc.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἔκδικος, ἔκδικον (δίκη right, justice, penalty);

1. "without law and justice (cf. Latinexlex), unjust": Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aelian n. an. 16, 5.

2. exacting penalty from (ἐκ) one; an avenger, punisher: Romans 13:4; περί τίνος, 1 Thessalonians 4:6; (Wis. 12:12; Sir. 30:6; 4 Macc. 15:26 (29); (Plutarch, de garrul. § 14, p. 509 f.); Herodian, 7, 4, 10 (5th edition, Bekker; others)).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἔκδικος , -ον

(<δίκη ),

[in LXX: Wisdom of Solomon 12:12, Sirach 30:6, 4 Maccabees 15:29*;]

1. without law, unjust.

2. exacting penalty from; as subst., an avenger: Romans 13:4; seq. περί , 1 Thessalonians 4:6 (in Papyri, a legal representative; Milligan, Th., l.c.).†

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

ἔκδικος is the regular term in the papyri for a legal representative, e.g. P Oxy II. 237vii .39 (A.D. 186) Διδύμη ἧς ἔκδικος ὁ ἀνὴρ Ἀπολλώνιος πρὸς Σαβεῖνον, ";Didyme, defended by her husband Apollonius, against Sabinus,"; ib. 261.14 (A.D. 55) συνεστακέναι αὐτὴν τὸν προγεγραμμένον υἱωνὸν Χα [ιρ ]ήμονα ἔγδικον ἐπὶ πάσης ἐξουσίας, ";that she has appointed her said grandson Chaeremon to appear for her before every authority"; (Edd.), and for a similar use in the inscrr. = ";advocatus,"; Michel 459.20 (ii/B.C. ad init.) ὑπέμεινεν ἑκουσίως [ἔκ ]δικος : see further Gradenwitz Einführung i. p. 160, Nägeli p. 33, and for the Bibl. usage Milligan on 1 Thessalonians 4:6. Ὁ ἔκδικος τῆς πόλεως, defensor civitatis, appears in Egypt early in iv/A.D. : see the notes on P Oxy XII. 1413.17, 1426.4. Moulton (Gr. ii. § 119 (c)) suggests that in ἔκδικος = ";avenger"; we may see the same force of ἐκ as in the recurrent legal phrase καθάπερ ἐγ δίκης, ";just as after a legal decision";; the ἔκδικος would thus be the man who carries out a sentence. Alternatively the classical compositum ἐκδικάζω, ";avenge,"; may have influenced the meaning of ἔκδικος with its derivatives.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
εκδικος εκδίκος έκδικος ἔκδικος ekdikos ékdikos
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