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Strong's #2639 - καταλέγω

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G2596) and (G3004) (in its orig. meaning)
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  1. to lay down, to lie down
  2. to narrate at length, recount, set forth
  3. to set down in a list or register, to enrol
    1. of soldiers
    2. of those widows who held a prominent place in the church and exercised a certain superintendence over the rest of the women, and had charge of the widows and orphans supported at the public expense
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 6030 ‑ עָנָה (aw‑naw');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (2)
1 Timothy 2
NAS (2)
1 Timothy 2
HCS (1)
1 Timothy 1
BSB (1)
1 Timothy 1
ESV (1)
1 Timothy 1
WEB (2)
1 Timothy 2
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



lay down; v. cross καταλέχομαι.




1. recount, tell at length and in order, Hom., always in fut. or aor. 1, ταῦτα μάλ' ἀτρεκέως καταλέξω Il. 10.413, al.; τόδε εἰπὲ καὶ ἀτρεκέως κατάλεξον ib. 384, al.; πᾶσαν ἀληθείην κατάλεξον 24.407: freq. in Hdt., as 4.83, 114; ἑξῆς κ. Ath. 13.610b; κ. τὰς προσηγορίας ib.c: Pass., τούτων ὦν τῶν καταλεχθέντων of those which have been recounted, Hdt. 4.50, cf. 23, al.: Med., Ps.- Hdt. Vit.Hom. 21: folld. by interrog. Adv., κατάλεξον ὅπως ἤντησας Od. 17.44, 3.97; κεῖνον ὀϊζυρὸν κατάλεξον, ἤ που ἔτι ζώει.. tell me the tale of that unhappy man, 4.832. repeat, recite, τῶν Χρησμῶν Hdt. 7.6; τετράμετρα πρὸς τὸν αὐλόν X. Smp. 6.3; τὰς πατρίους εὐχάς Herm.Hist. 2; καταλέγεσθαι· ὀδύρεσθαι τὸν τεθνεῶτα, Hsch.; cf. κατάλεγμα, καταλογή 111.

2. reckon up, tell in full tale, μνηστῆρας ἀριθμήσας κατάλεξον Od. 16.235; of a line of kings or ancestors, κατέλεγον οἱ ἱρέες ἐκ βύβλου.. βασιλέων τ καὶ λ οὐνόματα Hdt. 2.100; τοὺς αἰεὶ πατέρας Id. 6.53; κ. ἑωυτὸν μητρόθεν reckoned up his pedigree, Id. 1.173; κ. τοὺς ἄρχοντας Pl. Hp.Ma. 285e, cf. 327e, X. Mem. 2.4.4: later in Med., Ph. 1.187, 2.593, Ath. 11.504f. reckon, count as, οὒς οἱ πολλοὶ πλουσίους κ. Pl. Lg. 742e, cf. X. An. 2.6.27: so perh. in Pass., Χήρα -έσθω 1 Timothy 5:9. conclude by enumeration, ὡς.. Arist. Rh. Al. 1429b35.

3. with pf. κατείλοχα Paus. 10.24.1: Pass., aor. (v. infr.): pf. κατείλεγμαι; 3 pl. plpf. κατειλέχατο J. AJ 19.1.15: enumerate, draw up a list, hence, enrol, enlist, ἄνδρας οἳ δορυφόροι μὲν οὐκ ἐγένοντο Πεισιστράτου, κορυνηφόροι δέ Hdt. 1.59; στρατιώτας, ὁπλίτας, Ar. Ach. 1065, Lys. 394, etc.; ἱππέας Arist. Ath. 49.2; κ. εἰς ὁπλίτας Lys. 15.7; εἰς τὸν κατάλογον Ἀθηναίων Id. 25.16; ἐς τὰς ναῦς Th. 3.75: generally, τοὺς πεντακισχιλίους Arist. Ath. 29.5; κ. τὸν Ἡρακλέα εἰς τοὺς δώδεκα θεούς D.S. 4.39: c. dat., κ. τινὰ τοῖς δημοσίᾳ ἱππεύουσιν Philostr. VS 1.22.3,cf. 1.25.3 (nisi leg. ἐγκατ-): c. inf., τοὺς πλουσιωτάτους ἱπποτροφεῖν κ. X. HG 3.4.15: in Med., enrol for oneself, δορυφόρους, ὁπλίτας, Hdt. 1.98, Th. 7.31: Pass. (aor. 2 κατελέγην more common in Att. than aor. 1, cf. IG 22.896.9, Pl. Lg. 762e, 943a), to be enlisted or enrolled, Hdt. 7.1; τῶν τρισχιλίων κ. to be enrolled of their number, Lys. 30.8; κ. στρατιώτης Id. 9.4; κατειλεγμένος ἱππεύειν Id. 16.13; καταλεγεὶς τῶν τριηράρχων Isaiah 7:5; ὁ κατειλεγμένος D. 39.8; εἰς τὴν σύγκλητον κ. Plu. Pomp. 13; ἀγορανόμον -λεγέντα, = Lat. adlectum inter aedilicios, Ann.Epigr. 1905.120.

4. later, select, τοῖς παισὶ τοὺς διδασκάλους AB 105: Med., τὸν πλωτικὸν [ βίον ] Pl. Ax. 368b.

II = μηνύειν, τῷ βασιλεῖ τὴν ἐπιβουλήν J. AJ 15.3.2: c. gen., inform against, ib. 19.6.3; accuse, μάρτυς ἄδικος -λέγων αὐτοῦ ἀσέβειαν LXX De. 19.16.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

καταλέγω: present passive imperative καταλεγέσθω;

1. properly, to lay down; middle to lie down (Homer).

2. to narrate at length, recount, set forth (from Homer on).

3. to set down in a list or register, to enroll (especially soldiers; see Passow, under the word, 5; (Liddell and Scott, under the word, II. 2 (yet the latter connect this use with the meaning of to choose))): of those widows who held a prominent place in the church and exercised a certain superintendence over the rest of the women, and had charge of the widows and orphans supported at public expense, 1 Timothy 5:9 (Winer's Grammar, 590 (549)); cf. DeWette (or Ellicott) at the passage.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -λέγω ,

[in LXX: Deuteronomy 19:16 (H6030), 2 Maccabees 7:30 R *;]

1. to lay down; mid. (in Hom.), to lie down.

2. to narrate (LXX, ll. c.).

3. to choose out, hence, to enrol (as of soldiers, Hdt., Thuc., a1., v. LS, s.v.): of widows, pass., 1 Timothy 5:9 (cf. Ellic.; CGT, 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.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The technical use in 1 Timothy 5:9 = ";enroll,"; occurs in BGU IV. 1073.10 (A.D. 274) περὶ τοῦ καταλ [ε ]λέχθαι αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν σύλλογον τῆς ἱερᾶς συνόδου, Michel 165.2 (ii/B.C.) τῆς καταλεγείσης κανηφόρου, ";enrolled as basket-bearer."; For καταλογεῖον = ";bureau,"; see Chrest. Καταλογή in the derived sense of ";respect,"; ";reverence,"; is found in Syll 328.8 (B.C. 84) : see the editor’s note.

[Supplemental from 1930 edition]

For καταλογή, see Olsson Papyrusbriefe, p. 54.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
καταλεγεσθω καταλεγέσθω καταλέγων katalegestho katalegesthō katalegéstho katalegésthō
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