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Strong's #2442 - ἱμείρομαι

Root Word (Etymology)
middle voice from himeros (a yearning, of uncertain affinity)
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  1. to desire, long for, esp. the longing of love
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2442 ‑ חָכָה (khaw‑kaw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Middle voice from ἱìμερος himeros (a yearning; of uncertain affinity)

ἵμερος [ ], ,


1. longing, yearning after, c. gen. rei, σίτου.. περὶ φρένας ἵμερος αἱρεῖ Il. 11.89, etc.; γόου ἵμερον ὦρσε raised [in them] a yearning after tears, i.e. a desire of the soul to disburden itself in grief, 23.14; ὑφ' ἵμερος ὦρτο γόοιο Od. 16.215, etc.: with gen. obj. added, πατρὸς ὑφ' ἵμερον ὦρσε γόοιο for his father, 4.113; ἵμερον ἔχειν, = ἱμείρεσθαι, c. inf., Hdt. 5.106, 7.43; ἵμερος ἔχει με.. ἰδεῖν S. OC 1725 (lyr.), cf. Sapph. Supp. 24.11; ἵ. ἐπείρεσθαί μοι ἐπῆλθέ Hdt. 1.30, cf. 9.3; τῶν (sc. δενδρέων) γλυκὺς ἵ. ἔσχεν.. φυτεῦσαι Pi. O. 3.33: in pl., πολλοὶ γὰρ εἰς ἓν ξυμπίτνουσιν ἵ. various impulses or emotions, A. Ch. 299, cf. Phld. Ir. p.37 W., Piet. 20.

2. abs., desire, love, ὥς σεο νῦν ἔραμαι καί με γλυκὺς ἵ. αἱρεῖ Il. 3.446; δὸς νῦν μοι φιλότητα καὶ ἵ. 14.198; δαμέντα φρένας ἱμέρῳ Pi. O. 1.41, cf. Sapph. Supp. 25.16; ἱμέρῳ πεπληγμένος A. Ag. 544; ἱμέρου νικώμενος Id. Supp. 1005, cf. Pr. 649, S. Tr. 476, Ar. Ra. 59; βλεφάρων ἵ. S. Ant. 796 (lyr.).

3. personified, Χάριτές τε καὶ Ἵ. Hes. Th. 64; Ἔρως.. χαρίτων, ἱμέρου, πόθου πατήρ Pl. Smp. 197d, cf. Luc. DDeor. 20.15, Nonn. D. 1.68, al.

II as Adj., only in neut. as Adv., ἵμερον αὐλήσαντι AP 9.266 (Antip.); ἵμερα μελίζεσθαι, δακρῦσαι, ib.7.30 (Antip. Sid.), 364 (Mar Arg.). Poet., exc. in Pl. and Ion. and later Prose, as Hdt. ll. cc., Hp. Aër. 22, Phld. ll. cc., Acad.Ind. p.56M. (Sts. derived fr. is-mero-, cf. Skt. i[snull ][tnull ]ás 'desired', i[snull ]más 'god of love', but Aeol. texts have ἴμερος, ἰμέρρω, never ἰμμ-; cf. ἡμερτόν· ἐπέραστον, Hsch. (s.v.l.).)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἱμείρω: middle ἱμείρομαι; (ἵμερος desire, longing, (allied with ἵλεως; Vanicek, p. 88); cf. οἰκτείρω); to desire, long for, especially of the longing of love: ὑμῶν (Winer's Grammar, § 30, 10 b.), i. e. your souls, to win them to Christ, 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Rec.; see ὁμείρομαι. (the Sept. Job 3:21; in Greek writings from Homer down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἱμείρω ,

[in LXX: Job 3:21 B3R (ABא , ὁμ -);]

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (Rec.), see ὁμείρομαί .


(Rec. ὁμ -, v. WH, App., 151), = cl. ἱμείρομαι (but prob. with different derivation, v. Bl., § 6, 4; Zorell, s.v.),

[in LXX: Job 3:21 (H2442)*;]

to desire earnestly, yearn after: 1 Thessalonians 2:3.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this verb which is read in the TR of 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (but see Milligan ad l.) we may cite Bacchylides i. 62 ἶσον ὅ τ᾽ ἀφνεὸς ἱμείρει μεγάλων ὅ τε μείων παυροτέρων, ";the rich man yearns for great things, as the poorer for less"; (Jebb).


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List of Word Forms
ιμειρόμενοι ιμείρονται ομειρομενοι ὀμειρόμενοι ὁμειρόμενοι omeiromenoi omeirómenoi
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