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Strong's #3180 - μεθοδεία

from a compound of (G3326) and (G3593) [cf "method"]
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feminine noun
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  1. cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

μεθοδ-εία or μεθοδ-ία, ἡ,

I craft, wiliness, Ephesians 4:14 : pl., μ. τοῦ διαβόλου ib.6.11.

II method of collecting taxes or debts (in form μεθοδία), POxy. 1134.9 (v A. D.), 136.18 (vi A. D.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μεθοδεία (T WH μεθοδια, see Iota), μεθοδείας, (from μεθοδεύω, i. e.

1. to follow up or investigate by method and settled plan;

2. to follow craftily, frame devices, deceive: Diodorus 7, 16; 2 Samuel 19:27; (Exodus 21:13 Aq.; (middle) Chariton 7, 6, p. 166, 21 edition Reiske (1783); Polybius 38, 4, 10)), a noun occuring neither in the O. T. nor in secular authors, cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery: μεθοδεία τῆς πλάνης, which πλάνη uses, Ephesians 4:14; τοῦ διαβόλου, plural, Ephesians 6:11 (A. V. wiles. Cf. Lightfoot, Polycarp, ad Phil. 7 [ET], p. 918.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*† μεθ -οδία

(Rec. -εία ; cf. 131., § 3, 5), -ας ,

(< † μεθοδεύω , 1. to treat by rule. 2. to employ craft: 2 Kings 19:27 *),

craft, deceit: Ephesians 4:14; Ephesians 6:11 (not found elsewhere; v. AR, 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

This noun, which in the NT occurs only in Ephesians 4:14; Ephesians 6:11, in the sense of ";scheming,"; ";craftiness,"; is said by Grimm-Thayer to occur ";neither in the O.T. nor in prof, auth."; It is found, however, in late papyri in the more primary sense of ";method,"; e.g. P Oxy VIII. 1134.9 (A.D. 421) where certain rents are said to have been collected πρὸς τὴν μεθοδίαν ἀκολούθως τῷ δοθέντι ὑπὸ σοῦ λόγῳ τοῦ τε λήμματος καὶ τοῦ ἐξωδιασμοῦ, ";in method corresponding to the account given by you of receipt and expenditure"; (Ed.), ib. I. 136.18 (A.D. 583) τὴν μεθοδίαν τρέψαι, ";to conduct my dealings,"; ib..24 ἣν ἐ [ν ]δείκνυμι μεθοδίαν περὶ τὴν εἴσπραξιν, ";the method of collection adopted by me"; (Edd.), and P Amh II. 149.15 (vi/A.D.) τῷ κυρίως ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς τὴν μεθοδίαν κατ᾽ ἐμοῦ ποιουμένῳ, with reference to a loan to be repaid to the person lawfully demanding it. For the verb see P Leid Wxvi. 17 (ii/iii A.D.) (= II. p. 137) ἐρώτα, ἵνα αὐτὸς ἀπολί (= εί)ψῃ ἢ μεθοδεύσῃ (altera ratione iterum tractet) : δύναται γὰρ πάντα ὁ θεὸς οὖτος. Cf. MGr ἡ μέθοδο, ";method."; According to Thumb (Handbook, p. 58) ";the pl. is rarely used, yet a pl. οἱ μέθοδες may be formed for the word ἡ μέθοδο taken from the literary language.";


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List of Word Forms
μεθοδείαν μεθοδείας μεθοδιαν μεθοδίαν μεθοδιας μεθοδίας μεθώδευσεν methodeian methodeían methodeias methodeías
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