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Strong's #1986 - ἐπισπάομαι

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  1. to draw on (let him not draw on his foreskin)
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Strong #: 4900 ‑ מָשַׁךְ (maw‑shak');  7579 ‑ שָׁאַב (shaw‑ab');  8610 ‑ תָּפַשׂ (taw‑fas');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


From G1909 and G4685

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐπισπάω, ἐπίσπω: from Aeschylus down; to draw on: μή ἐπισπάσθω, namely, ἀκροβυστίαν, let him not draw on his foreskin (Hesychius μή ἐπισπάσθω. Μή ἑλκυέτω τό δέρμα) (A. V. let him not become uncircumcised), 1 Corinthians 7:18. From the days of Antiochus Epiphanes () down (1 Macc. 1:15; Josephus, Antiquities 12, 5, 1), there had been Jews who, in order to conceal from heathen persecutors or scoffers the external sign of their nationality, sought artificially to compel nature to reproduce the prepuce, by extending or drawing forward with an iron instrument the remnant of it still left, so as to cover the glans. The rabbis called such persons מְשׁוּכִים, from מָשַׁך to draw out, see Buxtorf, Lex. Talm., p. 1274 ((edited by Fischer ii., 645f). Cf. BB. DD. under the word , especially McClintock and Strong's Cyclopaedia, ibid. II. 2.)

STRONGS NT 1986a: ἐπισπείρω ἐπισπείρω: 1 aorist ἐπεσπειρα; to sow above or besides: Matthew 13:25 L T Tr WH. (Herodotus, Theophrastus, (others).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐπι -σπάω , - ,

[in LXX: Isaiah 5:18 (H4900 ), etc.;]

to draw on: mid., in peculiar sense of effacing signs of Judaism (cf. 1 Maccabees 1:15, FlJ, Ant., xii, 5, i; v. Thayer, s.v.), to become as uncircumcised: 1 Corinthians 7:18.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this strong verb cf. P Magd 24.6 (B.C. 218) (as completed Archiv vi. p. 274) of an assault—Ψενοβάστις τῆι αὐτῆι δεξιᾶι χειρὶ ἐπισπασαμένη τῆς ᾀ [ναβολῆς τοῦ ἱματίου. Cf. P Tebt I. 27.4 (B.C. 113) περὶ τῶν ἐπισπασθησομ [ένων ] εἰς τὰς γενημ [α ]τοφυλακίας, ";concerning the persons to be made to undertake the custody of the crops"; (Edd.), so.13, and Syll 929.40 (ii/B.C.) where the mid. ἐπεσπάσαντο = ";brought in to help."; In P Par 46.10 (B.C. 153) (= Witkowski.2, p. 86) ἀλλὰ σὲ αὐτὸν μάρτυρα ἐπισπάσ ̣ω ̣, the verb = ";to subpoena"; : cf. P Lond 1164 (f).6 (A.D. 212) (= III. p. 161) μετὰ κυρίου οὗ ἑκοῦσ ̣α ἐπεσπάσατο πρὸς μόνην ταύτην τὴν οἰκονομίαν κτλ. For the meaning ";persuade"; cf. OGIS 223.18 (iii/B.C.) καὶ νῦν πολύ τι μᾶλλον ἐπεσπάσμεθα, κατανοοῦντες τὸ εὐγενὲς ὑμῶν. The compound προσεπισπάω occurs in P Tor I. 1viii. 30 (B.C. 117) πολυπραγμόνως δὲ προσεπισπώμενον τὴν τῶι στρατηγῶι καθήκουσαν ἐξουσίαν, ";tum totis viribus distendens auctoritatem, quae Stratego competit"; (Ed.).


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List of Word Forms
επεσπάσατο επίσπασαι επισπασθω επισπάσθω ἐπισπάσθω επισπεύδοντες επισπλαγχνιζόμενος επισπουδαζομένη επισπουδαστής επισπώμενοι epispastho epispasthō epispástho epispásthō
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