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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2833 - κνήθω
- to scratch, tickle, make to itch
- to itch
- desirous of hearing something pleasant
1. later form of κνάω, scratch, ὡς λέγεται, κνήθειν οἶδεν ὄνος τὸν ὄνον AP 12.238.8 (Strat.), cf. Moer. p.234 P.: — Med., κνήθεσθαι εἰς τὰς ἀκάνθας τὰ ἕλκη to get one's sores scratched, Arist. HA 609a32.
2. Pass., itch, Paul. Aeg. 6.60; κνηθόμενοι τὴν ἀκοήν 2 Timothy 4:3; to be provoked, Arist. Pr. 957b15.
* * κνήθω
(late form of κνάω ),
1. to scratch.
2. to tickle; pass., to itch: 2 Timothy 4:3.†
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The use of this rare Hellenistic verb in 2 Timothy 4:3 is well illustrated by Clem. Al. Strom. I. iii. 22. 5 (p. 15, ed. Stählin) κνήθοντες καὶ γαργαλίζοντες οὐκ ἀνδρικῶς, ἐμοὶ δοκεῖν, τὰς ἀκοὰς τῶν κνήσασθαι γλιχομένων, ";scratching and tickling, in what I consider an unmanly way, the ears of those who wish to be tickled,"; with reference to the ";jargon"; of the Sophists. For a new literary reference see Herodas iv. 51 ἔσσετ᾽ ἡμέρη κείνη, | ἐν ᾗ τὸ βρέγμα τοῦτο τὠσυρὲς κνήσῃ, ";the day will come when you will scratch your dirty poll"; : cf. for the Attic κνάω ib. viii. 8 τόν ]θρυζε καὶ κνῶ, ";grumble and scratch your head.";
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