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Strong's #2853 - κολλάω

Root Word (Etymology)
from kolla ("glue")
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  1. to glue, to glue together, cement, fasten together
  2. to join or fasten firmly together
  3. to join one's self to, cleave to
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1692 ‑ דָּבַק (daw‑bak');  5060 ‑ נָגַע (naw‑gah');  5066 ‑ נָגַשׁ (naw‑gash');  5341 ‑ נָצַר (naw‑tsar');  7257 ‑ רָבַץ (raw‑bats');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

κολλ-άω, (κόλλα)


1. glue, cement, τι περὶ τὸν τράχηλον, τι πρός τι, Pl. Ti. 75d, 82d; ἐπιστύλια ἐπὶ τοὺς κίονας IG 22.1668.46; mend a broken vessel, ib.11(2).161 A 111 (Delos, iii B.C.), POxy. 1449.15 (iii A.D.).

2. join one metal or other substance to another, κ. χρυσὸν ἔν τε λευκὸν ἐλέφαντα, i.e. make [a crown] inlaid with gold and ivory, Pi. N. 7.78: Pass., κολλώμενα glued together, opp. γομφούμενα, Ar. Eq. 463; ὁ κολλώμενος σίδηρος welded iron, Plu. 2.619a; στραγγαλὶς χρυσᾶ κεκολλημένη POxy. 1449.23 (iii A.D.).

II generally, join fast together, unite, ἄλφιτον ὕδατι Emp. 34; χαλκὸν ἐπ' ἀνέρι κολλᾶν, of one applying a cupping-glass, Cleobulina 1, cf. Gal. Thras. 23; close up wounds, Id. 11.440: Pass., κολλέεσθαι, of poison entering the system, Hp. 19 (Hermes 53.66); κολλᾷ καὶ συνδεῖ πάντα ἤθη [ὁ πόθος ] Pl. Lg. 776a: Pass., cleave to, κεκόλληται γένος πρὸς ἄτᾳ is indissolubly bound to.. (Blomf. for προσάψαι), A. Ag. 1566 (lyr.); λόγος εἰς τὰ σπλάγχνα κολληθείς Philem. 113.4; of persons, κ. τινί Acts 5:13; of things, ὁ κονιορτὸς ὁ κολληθείς τινι Luke 10:11 : sens. obsc., AP 11.73 (Nicarch.).

III put together, build, Pi. O. 5.13: Med., fit together, τροχάλεια Arat. 530.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κολλάω, κόλλω: passive, present κολλωμαι; 1 aorist ἐκολλήθην; 1 future κολλεθήσομαι (Matthew 19:5 L T Tr WH); (κόλλα gluten, glue); properly, to glue, glue to, glue together, cement, fasten together; hence universally, to join or fasten firmly together; in the N. T. only the passive is found, with reflexive force, to join oneself to, cleave to; the Sept. for דָּבַק: κονιορτός κολληθεις ἡμῖν, Luke 10:11; ἐκολλήθησαν αὐτῆς αἱ ἁμαρτίαι ἄχρι τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, her sins were such a heap as to reach even unto heaven (that is, came to the knowledge of heaven), Revelation 18:5, G L T Tr WH (ἐκολλ. ψυχή μου ὀπίσω σου, Psalm 62:9 (); αἱ ἄγνοιαί ἡμῶν ὑπερήνεγκαν ἕως τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, 1 Esdr. 8:72 (74); ὕβρις τέ βιη τέ οὐρανόν ἱκει, Homer Odyssey 15, 329; 17, 565). of persons, with the dative of the thing, κολλήθητι τῷ ἅρματι join thyself to etc. Acts 8:29; with the dative of person, to form an intimate connection with, enter into the closest relations with, unite oneself to (so the Epistle of Barnabas 10, 3f, 5, 8 [ET] also with μετά and the genitive of person, ibid. 10, 11 [ET]; 19, 2 [ET]. 6; Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 15, 1 [ET]; 30, 3 [ET]; 46, 2 [ET] (cf. Lightfoot's note), 4): τῇ γυναικί, Matthew 19:5 L T Tr WH; τῇ πόρνη, 1 Corinthians 6:16 (Sir. 19:2); τῷ κυρίῳ, 1 Corinthians 6:17 (2 Kings 18:6; Sir. 2:3); to join oneself to one as an associate, keep company witlb Acts 5:13; Acts 9:26; Acts 10:28; to follow one, be on his side, Acts 17:34 (2 Samuel 20:2; 1 Macc. 3:2 1 Macc. 6:21); to join or attach oneself to a master or patron, Luke 15:15; with the dative of the thing, to give oneself steadfastly to, labor for (A. V. cleave to): τῷ ἀγαθῷ, Romans 12:9, ἀγαθῷ, κρίσει δίκαια, the Epistle of Barnabas 20, 2 [ET]; τῇ εὐλογία, so cleave to as to share, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 31, 1 [ET]. (Aeschylus Ag. 1566; Plato, Diodorus, Plutarch, others) (Compare: προσκολλάω.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κολλάω , -

(< κόλλα , glue),

[in LXX chiefly for H1692;]

1. to glue or cement together.

2. Generally, to unite, to join firmly. Pass., to cleave to, join (oneself to): c. dat. pers., Matthew 19:5(LXX), Luke 10:11; Luke 15:15, Acts 5:13 (but v. Field, Notes, 118) Acts 9:26; Acts 10:28 (v. Field, l.c.) Acts 17:34; τ . πόρνῃ , 1 Corinthians 6:16; τ . Κυρίῳ , 1 Corinthians 6:17; c. dat. rei, ἅρματι , Acts 8:29; τ . ἀγαθῴ , Romans 12:9; of sins joining together, ἄχρι τ . οὐρανοῦ , Revelation 18:5, of dust, Luke 10:11 (cf. τροσ -κολλάω ).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Fay 112.8 (A.D. 99) καὶ μὴ τῦς (l. τοῖς) κε ̣ι ̣[.]α ̣σι ̣ ἀριθμὸν ταυρικον (l. ῶν) κόλλα, ";and do not unite a number of bulls . . ."; The lacuna prevents our defining κολλάω exactly, and the same difficulty recurs in connexion with its four-fold occurrence in a return of temple property, P Oxy XII. 1449.15, .20, .23, .24 (A.D. 213–17). The verb is also found in its literal sense in P Lond 46.457 (iv/A.D.) (= I. p. 80) οὔτ (ε) κολλήσας τὸν λίθον τῷ ἀριστερῷ σου ὠτίῳ : cf. Michel 594.102 (B.C. 279), a payment to a certain Aristarchus who had ";stuck on";—κολλήσαντι —the handle of a cup. The figurative use in the NT is clearly traceable to the influence of the LXX, where the verb is nearly always = דָּבַק. For the frequency of the verb and its derivatives in medical language see Hobart p. 128, where it is pointed out that Luke uses κολλᾶσθαι seven times as against four Other occurrences in the rest of the NT. MGr κολλῶ, ";glue,"; ";fasten to"; ";adhere.";

For κόλλημα as the technical term for a ";sheet"; formed of two layers of papyrus fastened or glued together, see P Leid Wvi. 41 (ii/iii A.D.) ἰς ἱερατικὸν κόλλημα γράψας τὸ (ὄνομα), for κόλλησις, ";soldering,"; see P Oxy VI. 915.1 (A.D. 572) εἰς κόλλησιν τῶν σωλήνων (";pipes";) τοῦ λουτρ (οῦ), and for κολλητής, see Preisigke 805 (iii/A.D.).


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List of Word Forms
εκολληθη εκολλήθη ἐκολλήθη εκολλήθην εκολληθησαν εκολλήθησαν ἐκολλήθησαν εκόλλησα εκόλλησεν εκολλώντό κεκόλληκα κεκόλληνται κεκόλληται κολλασθαι κολλάσθαι κολλᾶσθαι κολλάται κόλλη κολληθείη κολληθεντα κολληθέντα κολληθεντες κολληθέντες κολληθησεται κολληθήσεται κολληθήση κολληθήσονται κολληθητι κολλήθητι κολλωμενοι κολλώμενοι κολλωμενος κολλώμενος κολλώνται ekollethe ekollēthē ekollḗthe ekollḗthē ekollethesan ekollēthēsan ekollḗthesan ekollḗthēsan kollasthai kollâsthai kollethenta kollethénta kollēthenta kollēthénta kollethentes kollethéntes kollēthentes kollēthéntes kollethesetai kollethḗsetai kollēthēsetai kollēthḗsetai kolletheti kollēthēti kollḗtheti kollḗthēti kollomenoi kollōmenoi kollṓmenoi kollomenos kollōmenos kollṓmenos
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