Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1687 - ἐμβατεύω
- to enter, to frequent, haunt
- often of the gods frequenting favourite sports
- often to come into possession of a thing
- to invade, make hostile incursion into
- to enter
- to go into details in narrating
- to investigate, search into, scrutinise minutely
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., ὁ -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.
(< 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 .).†
(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).†
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