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Strong's #3718 - ὀρθοτομέω

Root Word (Etymology)
from a compound of (G3717) and the base of (G5114)
Parts of Speech
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  1. to cut straight, to cut straight ways
    1. to proceed on straight paths, hold a straight course, equiv. to doing right
  2. to make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3474 ‑ יָשַׁר (yaw‑shar');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (1)
2 Timothy 1
NAS (2)
2 Timothy 2
HCS (1)
2 Timothy 1
BSB (1)
2 Timothy 1
ESV (1)
2 Timothy 1
WEB (1)
2 Timothy 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


cut in a straight line, τὰς ὁδούς LXX Proverbs 3:6 : metaph., ὀ. τὸν λόγον teach it aright, 2 Timothy 2:15.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ὀρθοτομέω, ὀρθοτόμω; (ὀρθοτομος cutting straight, and this from ὀρθός and τέμνω);

1. to cut straight: τάς ὁδούς, to cut straight ways, i. e. to proceed by straight paths, hold a straight course, equivalent to to do right (for יִשֵּׁר), Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 11:5 (viam secare, Vergil Aen. 6, 899).

2. dropping the idea of cutting, to make straight and smooth; Vulg. recte tracto, to handle aright: τόν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας, i. e. to teach the truth correctly and directly, 2 Timothy 2:15; τόν ἀληθῆ λόγον, Eustathius, opuscc., p. 115, 41. (Not found elsewhere (except in ecclesiastical writings (Winer's Grammar, 26); e. g. constt. apost. 7, 31 ἐν τῷ τοῦ κυρίου δόγμασιν; cf. Suicer ii. 508f). Cf. καινοτομέω, to cut new veins in mining; dropping the notion of cutting, to make something new, introduce new things, make innovations or changes, etc.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ὀρθοτομέω , -

(<- ὀρθός , τέμνω ),

[in LXX: Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 11:6 (H3474 pi.)*;]

to cut straight, as a road (τ . ὁδούς , fig., Pr, ll c.). Metaph., τ . λόγον τ . ἀληθείας , 2 Timothy 2:15 (V. Ellic. and CGT, in l; not found elsewhere).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
List of Word Forms
ορθοτομει ορθοτομή ορθοτομουντα ορθοτομούντα ὀρθοτομοῦντα ορθωθήσεται ωρθώθη ωρθώμενος ώρθωται orthotomounta orthotomoûnta
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