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Strong's #2718 - κατέρχομαι

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  1. to come down, go down
    1. of one who goes from a higher to a lower locality
    2. of those who come to a place by a ship
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. κατελεύσομαι Od. 1.303, Hdt. 5.125, Arr. An. 6.12.3 (but in good Att. κάτειμι, as also κατῄειν is always used for the impf.): aor. κατήλῠθον or κατῆλθον, inf. κατελθεῖν; Dor. subj. κατένθῃ Berl.Sitzb. 1927.165 (Cyrene); Arc. part. κατενθών, pf. part. κατηνθηκώς, v. καθέρπω 11: pf. κατελήλυθα SIG 675.24 (ii B.C.):


1. go down, Οὐλύμποιο κατήλθομεν Il. 20.125, etc.; τιν' ἀθανάτων ἐξ οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος.. κατελθέμεν 6.109; go down to the grave, κ. Ἄϊδος εἴσω, Ἄϊδόσδε, ib. 284, 7.330; εἰς Ἅιδου E. HF 1101, etc.: rarely c. acc., τίς.. σκότου πύλας ἔτλη κατελθεῖν; Ar. Fr. 149.2 (parod.); from high land to the coast, ἐπὶ νῆα θοὴν κατελεύσομαι Od. 1.303; from country to town, 11.188; down the Nile, εἰς Ἀλεξάνδρειαν PLille 3.80 (iii B.C.), etc.

2. of things, κατερχομένης ὑπὸ πέτρης by the descending rock, Od. 9.484, 541; of a river, κατέρχεται ὁ Νεῖλος πληθύων comes down in flood, Hdt. 2.19; κατελθόντος αἰφνιδίου τοῦ ῥεύματος Th. 4.75.

3. κ. εἰς τὸν ἀγῶνα, Lat. descendere in certamen, S.E. M. 7.324.

4. c. acc., come to a place, ὑμέτερον δῶ Od. 24.115; ἀφθονία κατελήλυθε τὴν πόλιν Lyd. Mag. 3.76.

5. of property, pass to, PRein. 42.28 (i/ii A.D.), POxy. 1704.5 (iii A.D.).

II come back, return, esp. come back from exile, Hdt. 4.4, al., A. Ag. 1647, Ch. 3, Eu. 462, S. OC 601, Ar. Ra. 1165, 1167, Pl. Revelation 21:1-27 a, OGI 90.20 (Rosetta, ii B.C.), etc.; φυγὰς κατελθών S. Ant. 200; ὃς ἂν κατέλθῃ τήνδε γῆν E. IT 39: in pass. sense, ὑπ' ὀλιγαρχίας κατελθεῖν to be brought back by.., Th. 8.68; cf. κάτειμι 11, καθέρπω 11.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κατέρχομαι; 2 aorist κατῆλθον, 1 person plural κατηλθαμεν (Acts 27:5 T Tr WH; on which form see ἀπέρχομαι, at the beginning); (from Homer down); to come down, go down; properly, of one who goes from a higher to a lower locality: followed by εἰς with the accusative of place, Luke 4:31; Acts 8:5; Acts 13:4; ( T Tr marginal reading); and L T Tr WH in ; followed by ἀπό with the genitive of place, Luke 9:37; Acts 15:1; Acts 18:5; Acts 21:10; followed by ἀπό and εἰς, Acts 11:27; Acts 12:19; of those who come to a place by ship (Eustathius (ad Homer) 1408, 29 (Odyssey 1, 183) κατελθεῖν, οὐ μόνον τό ἁπλῶς κάτω ποῦ ἐλθεῖν, ἀλλά καί τό ἐς λιμένα ἐλθεῖν, ὥσπερ καί καταβῆναι καί καταπλευσαι καί καταχθῆναι καί κατάραι, τό ἐλλιμενισαι λέγεται; also 1956, 35 (Odyssey 24, 115) κατῆλθον ἀντί τοῦ ἐνελιμενίσθην, ὡς πολλαχοῦ ἐρρέθη, ἀντί τοῦ ἁπλῶς ἦλθον; cf. Ebeling, Lex. Homer, under the word): followed by εἰς, Acts 18:22; Acts 21:3 L T Tr WH; ; πρός τινα, Acts 9:32. Metaphorically, of things sent down from heaven by God: James 3:15.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** κατ -έρχομαι ,

[in LXX: Tobit 1:22, א Tobit 2:1, Ezra 3:13, Wisdom of Solomon 11:22, 2 Maccabees 11:29*;]

to come down, go down: seq. εἰς , Luke 4:31, Acts 8:5; Acts 13:4; Acts 15:30; Acts 19:1, Τ ; ἀπό , Luke 9:37, Acts 15:1; Acts 18:5; Acts 21:10; ἀπό et εἰς , Acts 11:27; Acts 12:10; of coming to port by ship, Acts 18:22; Acts 21:3; Acts 27:5; seq. πρός , c. acc pers., Acts 9:32; metaph., of gifts from God, James 3:15.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

This favourite Lukan word (cf. Hobart, p. 212) hardly needs illustration, but we may cite P Ryl II. 119.32 (A.D. 54–67) κατελθεῖν εἰ [ς ] τὸν διαλογισμόν, ";to go down to the assize,"; P Fay 123.8 (c. A.D. 100) οὐκ ἠδυνήθην κατελθεῖν, ";I was unable to come down,"; ib. 131.10 (iii/iv A.D.) [ ]ν τὸ ὕδωρ κατέλθῃ πάσῃ προθυμίᾳ χρῆσαι ἔστ᾽ ἂν τὸ ὑδροστάσιον γεμισθῇ, ";if the water comes down, make every exertion until the basin is filled"; (Edd.). In P Flor II. 236.8 (AD. 267) ἕπονται δὲ καὶ τούτοις ἄλλοι καὶ ἀπὸ νυκτὸς κατέρχονται, the verb means little more than ";arrive.";


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List of Word Forms
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