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Strong's #1687 - ἐμβατεύω

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G1722) and a presumed derivative of the base of (G939)
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  1. to enter, to frequent, haunt
    1. often of the gods frequenting favourite sports
    2. often to come into possession of a thing
    3. to invade, make hostile incursion into
  2. to enter
    1. to go into details in narrating
    2. to investigate, search into, scrutinise minutely
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2505 ‑ חָלַק (khaw‑lak');  5157 ‑ נָחַל (naw‑khal');  
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KJV (1)
Colossians 1
NAS (2)
Colossians 2
HCS (1)
Colossians 1
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Colossians 1
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Colossians 1
WEB (1)
Colossians 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


I step in or on, frequent, haunt: c. acc., of tutelary gods, νῆσος.. ἣν ὁ φιλόχορος Πὰν ἐμβατεύει A. Pers. 449, cf. E. El. 595; Πὰν Πελασγικὸν Ἄργος ἐμβατεύων Cratin. 321; ἵνα Διόνυσος ἐμβατεύει S. OC 679 (lyr.): c. dat., -εύων τῷ χωρίῳ δαίμων D.H. 1.77: c. gen., in simple sense, set foot upon, μήτ' ἐμβατεύειν πατρίδος S. OT 825: abs., enter a sacred cave, OGI 530.15 (Iasus).

II ἐ. κλήρους χθονός

1. enter on, come into possession of, E. Heracl. 876, cf. LXX Jo. 19.49: more freq. ἐ. εἰς τὴν ναῦν enter on possession of the vessel, D. 33.6; εἰς τὴν οὐσίαν Id. 44.19; εἰς τὸ χωρίον Isaiah 9:3 : abs., enter on an inheritance, PEleph. 2.14 (iii B.C.).

2. metaph., νέων ψυχάς Him. Or. 4.5.

III mount, cover, of the male, Palaeph. 39. to be initiated into the mysteries, Jahresh. 15.46 (Notium), cf. Colossians 2:18.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐμβατεύω (see ἐν, III. 3); (ἐμβάτης stepping in, going in); to enter;

1. properly: πόλιν, Euripides, El. 595; πατρίδος, Sophocles O. T. 825; εἰς τό ὄρος, Josephus, Antiquities 2, 12, 1; to frequent, haunt, often of gods frequenting favorite spots, as νῆσον, Aeschylus Pers. 449; τῷ χωρίῳ, Dionysius Halicarnassus, Antiquities 1, 77; often to come into possession of a thing; thus εἰς ναῦν, Demosthenes, p. 894, 7 (6 Dindorf); τήν γῆν, Joshua 19:51 the Sept.; to invade, make a hostile incursion into, εἰς with accusative of place, 1 Macc. 12:25, etc.

2. tropically (cf. German eingehen);

a. to go into details in narrating: absolutely 2 Macc. 2:30.

b. to investigate, search into, scrutinize minutely: ταῖς ἐπιστημαις, Philo, plant. Noë § 19; μή ἑώρακε ἐμβατεύων, things which he has not seen, i. e. things denied to the sight (cf. 1 John 4:20), Colossians 2:18 — where, if with G L (in the small edition, but in the major edition it was reinserted, yet in brackets) T Tr WH Huther, Meyer, we expunge μή, we must render, going into curious and subtile speculation about things which he has seen in visions granted him; but cf. Baumg.-Crusius at the passage and Winer's Grammar, § 55, 3 e.; (also Reiche (critical commentary), Bleek, Hofm., others, defend the μή. But see Tdf. and WH. ad loc., and Lightfoots 'detached note'; cf. Buttmann, 349 (300). Some interpret (conceitedly) taking his stand on the things which etc.; see under 1); Phavorinus ἐμβατεῦσαι. ἐπιβῆναι τά ἔνδον ἐξερευνησαι σκοπησαι; (similarly Hesychius 2293, vol. ii., p. 73, Schmidt edition, cf. his note; further see references in Suidas, col. 1213 d.).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐμβατεύω ,

[in LXX: c. acc, Joshua 19:49 (H5157, Joshua 19:51 (H2505 pi.); seq. εἰς , 1 Maccabees 12:25; 1 Maccabees 13:20; 1 Maccabees 14:31; 1 Maccabees 15:40; metaph., 2 Maccabees 2:30 *;]

(< ἐμβάτης < ἐμβαίνω );

1. to step in or on (Soph.), hence

(a) to frequent, haunt, dwell in (Æsch., Eur.); metaph., Colossians 2:18 (dwelling in, R, txt.; taking, R, mg.);

(b) to invade (1Mac, ll c.; metaph., Col, Lc.).

2. to enter on, come into possession of (Eur., Dem.; LXX, Jos, H. c.); on the difficulties of reading and interpretation in this passage, v. Lft, Col., 194 f., 252; ICC, 268 ff.; Field, Notes, 197; Milligan, NTD, 177; and for exx. from Papyri, MM, Exp., xii (cf. κενεμβ .).†

*† κενεμβατεύω

(not elsew., but perh. = -έω , Plut., al.),

to tread on emptiness: ἐώρᾳ (αἰώρα ) κ . (conjec. for ἃ ἑόρακμν ἐμβ ., Lft., in l), Colossians 2:18 (cf. also ICC, in l).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
List of Word Forms
εμβατεύσαι εμβατευων εμβατεύων ἐμβατεύων embateuon embateuōn embateúon embateúōn
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