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Strong's #3980 - πειθαρχέω

Root Word (Etymology)
from a compound of (G3982) and (G757)
Parts of Speech
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  1. to obey (a ruler or a superior)
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 8086 ‑ שְׁמַע (shem‑ah');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (4)
Acts 3
Titus 1
NAS (5)
Acts 4
Titus 1
CSB (4)
Acts 3
Titus 1
BSB (4)
Acts 3
Titus 1
ESV (4)
Acts 3
Titus 1
WEB (7)
Acts 6
Titus 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


obey one in authority, abs., πειθαρχεῖ.., ἄπληκτος ὥσπερ ἵππος Eup. 232, cf. Arist. Pol. 1262b3: mostly c. dat., π. πατρί S. Tr. 1178; τοῖς νόμοισι Ar. Ec. 762; τοῖς ἐφεστῶσι X. Mem. 3.5.19, cf. Pl. R. 538d; ὡς ἂν.. τοῖς πηδαλίοις ἡ ναῦς π. Cratin. 139; τοῖς προσταχθεῖσιν Isoc. 3.13; τῷ λόγῳ Arist. Pol. 1295b6: c. gen. (cf. πείθω B. 1.3), ἐπιταγμάτων Epist. Darei in SIG 22.7 (v B. C.); στρατηγοῦ OGI 12.11 (Priene, iii B. C.), cf. 244.38 (Syria, ii B. C.); τινος PGiss. 2.16 (ii B. C.): Med., ἔθνος.. πειθαρχέεσθαι ἑτοῖμον Hdt. 5.91.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

πειθαρχέω, πειθάρχω; 1 aorist participle πειθαρχησας; (πείθαρχος; and this from πείθομαι and ἀρχή); to obey (a ruler or a superior): Θεῷ, Acts 5:29, 32; magistrates, Titus 3:1 (others take it here absolutely, to be obedient); τῷ λόγῳ τῆς δικαιοσύνης, Polycarp, ad Philipp. 9, 1 [ET]; (A. V. to hearken to) one advising something, Acts 27:21. (Sophocles, Xenophon, Polybius, Diodorus, Josephus, Plutarch, others; on the very frequent use of the verb by Philo see Siegfried, Philo von Alex. as above with, p. 43 (especially, p. 108).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

πειθαρχέω , -

(<πείθομαι , ἀρχή ),

[in LXX: Da LXX Daniel 7:27 (H8086), Sirach 33:28, 1 Esdras 8:94 *;]

to obey one in authority, be obedient: Titus 3:1; c. dat., Acts 27:21; θεῷ , Acts 5:29; Acts 5:32.†

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

";how great,"; is often used for ἡλίκος (Blass-Debrunner § 304), which is a v.l. in Galatians 6:11 B* 33 : cf. Colossians 2:1 and see s.v. ἡλίκος. Πηλίκος occurs elsewhere in the NT only in Hebrews 7:4 and in the LXX in Zechariah 2:2, 4 Maccabees 15:22. On the meaning of πηλίκα γράμματα in Gal l.c. see s.v. cf. γράμμα and cf. Milligan Documents p. 23 f.


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
Πειθαρχειν πειθαρχείν Πειθαρχεῖν πειθαρχησαντας πειθαρχήσαντάς πειθαρχουσιν πειθαρχούσιν πειθαρχοῦσιν Peitharchein Peitharcheîn peitharchesantas peitharchēsantas peitharchḗsantás peitharchousin peitharchoûsin
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