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Strong's #1567 - ἐκζητέω

Root Word (Etymology)
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  1. to seek out, search for
  2. to seek out, i.e. investigate, scrutinise
  3. to seek out for one's self, beg, crave
  4. to demand back, require
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1239 ‑ בָּקַר (baw‑kar');  1245 ‑ בָּקַשׁ (baw‑kash');  1875 ‑ דָּרַשׁ (daw‑rash');  2076 ‑ זָבַח (zaw‑bakh');  2470 ‑ חָלָה (khaw‑law');  2713 ‑ חָקַר (khaw‑kar');  3423 ‑ יָרֵשׁ (yaw‑rash', yaw‑raysh');  5027 ‑ נָבַט (naw‑bat');  5341 ‑ נָצַר (naw‑tsar');  5352 ‑ נָקָה (naw‑kaw');  5367 ‑ נָקַשׁ (naw‑kash');  6485 ‑ פָּקַד (paw‑kad');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


I seek out, Aristid. 1.488 J., PMag. Osl. 1.354; τινάς POxy. 1465.11 (i B.C.); περίτινος 1 Peter 1:10.

II demand an account of, τὸ αἷμα LXX 2 Samuel 4:11, al., cf. Luke 11:50 (Pass.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐκζητέω, ἐκζήτω; 1 aorist ἐξεζήτησα; passive, 1 aorist ἐξεζητήθην; 1 future ἐκζητηθήσομαι; (ἐκ out from a secret place, from all sides); the Sept. very often for דָּרַשׁ, also for בִּקֵּשׁ, etc.;

a. to seek out, search for: properly, τινα, 1 Macc. 9:26; figuratively: τόν κύριον, τόν Θεόν, to seek the favor of God, worship him, Acts 15:17; Romans 3:11 (Tr marginal reading WH marginal reading ζητῶν); Hebrews 11:6 (Psalm 13:2 (); Psalm 33:5; (Psalm 34:5); Psalm 68:33 (); Amos 5:4, etc.).

b. to seek out i. e. investigate, scrutinize: τί, Sir. 39:1, 3; περί τίνος, to examine into anything, 1 Peter 1:10, where it is joined with ἐξερευναν (to seek out and search out), as in 1 Macc. 9:26.

c. to seek out for oneself, beg, crave: Hebrews 12:17.

d. to demand back, require: τό αἷμα τῶν προφητῶν ἀπό τῆς γενεάς ταύτης, to take vengeance on this generation for the slaughter of the prophets (after the Hebrew, cf. 2 Samuel 4:11; Ezekiel 3:18; see ἐκ, I. 7): Luke 11:50 (51). (In secular authors thus far only a single passage has been noted in which this word appears, Aristid. or. 8, i., p. 488 (i. e. orat. 38, i., p. 726, Dindorf edition).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐκ -ζητέω , - ,

[in LXX chiefly for H1875, also for H5341, H1245, etc.;]

1. to seek out or after, search for: c. acc pers. (1 Maccabees 9:26); fig., τ . κύριον , θεόν (cf. Psalms 14:2, Amos 5:4, al.), Acts 15:17, Romans 3:11, Hebrews 11:6; εὐλογίαν , Hebrews 12:17; ἐξεζήτησαν κ . ἐξηραύνησαν (as in 1 Maccabees 9:26), sought and searched out: 1 Peter 1:10.

2. As in 2 Samuel 4:11, Ezekiel 3:18; Ezekiel 3:20 al. (H1875), to demand, require: Luke 11:50-51

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

To the single instance of this verb from profane sources (Aristid. I. 488) cited by Thayer and LS, we can now add BGU IV. 1141.41 (B.C. 14) περὶ δὲ τῆς σκιᾶς φανερόν μοι ἐγενήθη ἐκζητήσαντι ἠλλάχθαι μὲν τὴν πορφυρᾶν ῢ ̣π ̣ο ̣, τοῦ Διοδώρου καὶ μὴ δεδωκέναι σοί, P Oxy XII. 1465.11 (i/B.C.) ἀξιῶ συντ [ ]ξ ̣α ̣ι ̣ ̣[κ ] η ̣τ ̣ήσαντα ̣ς ̤ τ ̣ο ̣υ ̣ς ̣ α ̣[ἰτίο ]υ ̣̓, ";I request you to give orders (to your subordinates) to search out the guilty persons"; (Edd.), and the inscr. from Hierapolis Cagnat IV. 834.5 δώσει. . τῷ ἐκζητήσαντι δηνάρια δισχίλια. With Luke 11:50 ἵνα ἐκζητηθῇ τὸ αἶμα πάντων τῶν προφητῶν, cf. the use of the simplex in the Jewish prayer for vengeance Syll 816.12 (ii/B.C.) ἵνα ἐγδικήσῃς τὸ αἷμα τὸ ἀναίτιον ζητήσῃς καὶ τὴν ταχίστην : for the text and the date, see Deissmann LAE p. 423 ff.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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