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Strong's #1811 - ἐξακολουθέω

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  1. to follow out or up, tread in one's steps
    1. metaph., to imitate one's ways of acting
    2. to follow one's authority
    3. to comply with, yield to
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1980 ‑ הָלַךְ (haw‑lak');  6437 ‑ פָּנָה (paw‑naw');  6601 ‑ פָּתָה (paw‑thaw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


1. follow, of persons, τοῖς φίλοις Plb. 18.10.7, cf. LXX Job 31:9; μύθοις 2 Peter 1:16, J. AJProoem. 4.

2. of things, follow, result from, c. dat., Epicur. Fr. 181; attend, c. dat., εὔνοια, φήμη ἐ. τινί, Plb. 4.5.6, 5.78.4; ἔπαινοί τισι κατορθουμένοις D.H. Comp. 24; esp. of penalties, ἐ. πρόστιμά τισι UPZ 112v10 (ii B. C.), PTeb. 5.132 (ii B. C.); also of obligations, fall on one, CPR 5.15, etc.

3. abs., follow, result, Ph. Bel. 58.5, Antyll. ap. Orib. 45.15.4; also of logical consequences, πάντα ταῦτα ἐ. Arr. Epict. 1.22.16, cf. Polystr. p.5 W.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐξακολουθέω, ἐξακολούθω: future ἐξακολουθήσω; 1 aorist participle ἐξακολουθησας; to follow out or up, tread in one's steps;

a. τῇ ὁδῷ τίνος, metaphorically, to imitate one's way of acting: 2 Peter 2:15, cf. Isaiah 56:11.

b. to follow one's authority: μύθοις, 2 Peter 1:16; Josephus, Antiquities prooem. 4 (ἀρχηγοῖς, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 14, 1 [ET]; δυσί βασιλεῦσι, Test xii. Patr., p. 643 (test. Zeb. § 9)).

c. to comply with, yield to: ἀσελγείαις (Rec. ἀπωλείαις), 2 Peter 2:2, (πνεύμασι πλάνης, Test xii. Patr., p. 665 (test. Napht. § 3; τοῖς πονηροῖς διαβουλίοις, xii. Patr., p. 628 test. Isa. § 6); cf. also Amos 2:4; Job 31:9; Sir. 5:2). Among secular authors, Polybius, Plutarch, occasionally use the word; (add Dionysius Halicarnassus, de comp. verb. § 24, p. 188, 7; Epictetus diss. 1, 22, 16).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐξ -ακολουθέω , - ,

[in LXX Amos 2:4, Jeremiah 2:2 (H310 H1980), Isaiah 56:11 (H6437), Job 31:9 (H6601 ni.), Sirach 5:2, Da LXX TH Daniel 3:1-30 :(41) *;]

to follow, follow up (in various senses): metaph., 2 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 2:15

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

This compound (2 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 2:15) is often used with reference to ";merited"; punishment, e.g. P Par 62v. 10 (ii/B.C.) τοῖς δ᾽εγλαβοῦσι ἐξακολουθήσεται τὰ ὑποκείμενα πρόστιμα, and ib. 63.130 (B.C. 165), P Tebt I. 5.132 (B.C. 118) ἀπολύεσθαι τῶν ἐξακ ̣ολ ̣ο ̣υθο [ύντων αὐ ]τ [οῖς προσ ]τίμων, ";be released from the penalties which they have incurred,"; PSI III. 168.33 (B.C. 118) ἵν᾽, ἐὰν ἐνσχεθῶσι, τύχωσι τῶν ἐξακολουθούντων (sc. προστίμων), P Rein 1715 (B.C. 109) οἱ [δὲ ] αἴτιοι τύχωσι τῶν ἐξακολουθούντων. Cf. BGU IV. 1208.43 (B.C. 27) τὴν δὲ μετὰ ταῦτα ἐξηκολουθηκυῖαν ὕβριν, P Oxy IX. 1203.9 (late i/A.D.) ἐγλαθόμενος τῆς ἐξακολ [ο ]υθούσης αὐτῷ εὐθύνης, ";heedless of the reckoning that would follow"; (Ed.). From the inscriptions we may cite the notice on the marble barrier of the Temple at Jerusalem, threatening death to any Gentile who was caught penetrating into the inner court—ὃς δ᾽αν ληφθῇ, ἑαυτῶι αἴτιος ἔσται διὰ τὸ ἐξακολουθεῖν θάνατον (OGIS 598.5—i/A.D.). For the meaning ";devolve,"; ";rest upon,"; see P Ryl II. 163.10 (A.D. 139) τῆς βεβαιώσεως διὰ παντός μοι ἐξ ]ακολουθούσης, ";the duty of guaranteeing the sale perpetually resting upon me"; (Edd.), ib. 323.8 (A.D. 124–5), P Tebt II. 376.16 (A.D. 162) ἀντὶ τῶν ἐξακολουθούντων τῇ μιᾷ τετάρτῳ ἀρού [ρᾳ ] ἐκφορίων, ";at the rent devolving upon the 1¼ arourae"; (Ed.).


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List of Word Forms
εξακολουθήσαί εξακολουθησαντες εξακολουθήσαντες ἐξακολουθήσαντες εξακολουθησουσιν εξακολουθήσουσιν ἐξακολουθήσουσιν εξηκολούθησαν εξηκολούθησεν εξηκονήθη exakolouthesantes exakolouthēsantes exakolouthḗsantes exakolouthesousin exakolouthēsousin exakolouthḗsousin
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