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Strong's #350 - ἀνακρίνω

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  1. examine or judge
    1. to investigate, examine, enquire into, scrutinise, sift, question
      1. specifically in a forensic sense of a judge to hold an investigation
      2. to interrogate, examine the accused or witnesses
    2. to judge of, estimate, determine (the excellence or defects of any person or thing
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2713 ‑ חָקַר (khaw‑kar');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. examine closely, interrogate, esp. judicially, Παυσανίαν Th. 1.95, cf. Antipho 2.1.9, Pl. Smp. 201e; ἀ. τινὰ πόθεν ζῇ Diph. 32.3; sound a person, LXX 1 Samuel 20:12.

2. inquire into, ἀ. τοὺς ἐργασαμένους Antipho 2.3.2; τὴν [αἰτίαν ] Phld. Po. 994 Fr. 21, cf. Lib. p.21 O.: Med., ἀ. ποινὰ τίς ἔσται what remedy there shall be, Pi. P. 4.63.


1. examine magistrates so as to prove their qualification, D. 57.66 and 70.

2. of the magistrates, examine persons concerned in a suit, so as to prepare the matter for trial, And. 1.101, Isa 5.32; ὁ ἄρχων ἀνέκρινε πᾶσιν ὑμῖν καὶ ἀνακρίνας ει[]σήγαγεν εἰς τὸ δικαστήριον D. 48.31, cf. Arist. Ath. 56.6: Pass., ἀνεκρίθησαν αἱ ἀμφισβητήσεις D. 48.23: Med., οὐκ ἀνεκρίνατο ταύτην [τὴν γραφήν ] he did not have it examined, of the prosecutor, Id. 21.103, cf. 53.17.

3. generally, examine, μάρτυρας SIG 953.46 (Calymna); τινά 1 Corinthians 9:3 : Med., Michel 409.9 (Cos).

4. select, Ps.-Callisth. 3.26.

III in Med., abs., ἀνακρίνεσθαι πρὸς ἑωυτούς dispute, wrangle one with another, Hdt. 9.56.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀνακρίνω; 1 aorist ἀνέκρινα; passive (present ἀνακρίνομαι); 1 aorist ἀνεκρίθην; (frequent in Greek writings, especially Attic); properly, "by looking through a series (ἀνά) of objects or particulars to distinguish (κρίνω) or search after. Hence,

a. to investigate, examine, inquire into, scrutinize, sift, question": Acts 17:11 (τάς γραφάς); 1 Corinthians 10:25, 27 (not anxiously questioning, namely, whether the meat set before you be the residue from heathen sacrifices). Specifically, in a forensic sense (often also in Greek writings) of a judge, to hold an investigation; to interrogate, examine, the accused or the witnesses; absolutely: Luke 23:14; Acts 24:8. τινα, Acts 12:19; Acts 28:18; passive, Acts 4:9. Paul has in mind this judicial use (as his preceding term ἀπολογία shows) when in 1 Corinthians 9:3 he speaks of τοῖς ἐμέ ἀνακρίνουσί, investigating me, whether I am a true apostle.

b. universally, to judge of, estimate, determine (the excellence or defects of any person or thing): τί, 1 Corinthians 2:15; τινα, 1 Corinthians 4:3f; passive, 1 Cor. 2:(),; . (Cf. Lightfoot Fresh Revision, etc. iv. § 3 (p. 67f, American edition).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀνα -κρίνω ,

[in LXX: 1 Samuel 20:12 (H2713), Da LXX Su 1:13, LXX, TH Su 1:48, 51 *;]

to examine, investigate, question (Lft., Notes, 181 f.): Acts 17:11, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15; 1 Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 Corinthians 9:3; 1 Corinthians 10:25; 1 Corinthians 10:27; 1 Corinthians 14:24; in forensic sense (MM, VGT, s.v.; esp. of examination by torture; v. Field, Notes, 120 f.), Luke 23:14, Acts 4:9; Acts 12:19; Acts 24:8; Acts 28:18.†

SYN.: see ἐξετάζω G1833.

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

For the judicial sense ";examine,"; as in 1 Corinthians 9:3, cf. Michel 409.9 (beginning of iii/B.C.) τοὺς μὲν πλεί ]στους τῶν διαφερομένων ἀνα [κρινάμ ]ενοι πολλάκις ἐφ᾽ αὑτοὺς διέλυον συμφ [ερόντως ], Syll 512.46 (ii/B.C.) ἀνακρινάντω δὲ καὶ το [ ]ς μάρτυρας. The substantive (q.v.) is found in the previous line of the latter inscription.


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
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