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Strong's #5584 - ψηλαφάω

Root Word (Etymology)
from the base of (G5567) (cf (G5586))
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  1. to handle, touch and feel
  2. metaph. mentally to seek after tokens of a person or a thing
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1659 ‑ גָּשַׁשׁ (gaw‑shash');  3237 ‑ יָמַשׁ (yaw‑mash');  4185 ‑ מוּשׁ (moosh);  4959 ‑ מָשַׁשׁ (maw‑shash');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


mostly used in pres.: fut. -ήσω LXX Zechariah 9:13 : aor. ἐψηλάφησα ib. Genesis 27:22 : Pass., fut. ψηλαφηθήσομαι ib. Nahum 3:1 : aor. ἐψηλαφήθην S.E. M. 8.108, Plu. 2.599c:

feel or grope about to find a thing, like a blind man or hoodman-blind, χερσὶ ψηλαφόων ( for -άων), of the Cyclops when blinded, Od. 9.416; ψηλαφῶν οὐκ ἐδυνάμην εὑρεῖν [τὸ ἱμάτιον ] Ar. Ec. 315; ψηλαφῶντες.. ὥσπερ ἐν σκότει Pl. Phd. 99b: metaph., ψ. περί τινων Phld. D. 1.14.

2. c. acc. rei, feel about for, grope or search after, ἐψηλαφῶμεν ἐν σκότῳ τὰ πράγματα Ar. Pax 691; εἰ.. ψηλαφήσειαν αὐτὸν (sc. τὸν θεὸν) καὶ εὕροιεν Acts 17:27.

II feel, touch, handle, stroke, Poll. 1.183; μή ποτε ψηλαφήσῃ με ὁ πατήρ, of Isaac and Jacob, LXX Genesis 27:12, cf. Luke 24:39; ψ. καὶ τρίβειν τοῖς δακτύλοις Arist. HA 571a33; esp. in Medic., of uterine examination, Hp. Mul. 1.40, al.: Pass., ὧν ψηλαφωμένων ὁ ἵππος.. ἥδεται X. Eq. 2.4; [ ὄρνιθες] τῇ χειρὶ ψηλαφώμεναι Arist. HA 560a9.

III metaph., test, examine, τὸν ν Plb. 8.29.8; τὸν οἶνον Gp. 7.5.1; πᾶσαν ἐπίνοιαν Plb. 8.16.4; τὰς ἀλλήλων νοήσεις οἷον ὑπὸ σκότῳ διὰ φωνῆς ψ. Plu. 2.589b; εἴδωλον [τοῦ καλοῦ] διώκοντες καὶ ψ. ib.766a: Pass., S.E.l.c., τὰ ψηλαφηθέντα ὑπ' Ἀντιόχου the attempts made by.., J. AJ 13.9.2.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ψηλαφάω, ψηλάφω: 1 aorist ἐψηλάφησα, optative 3 person plural ψηλαφήσειαν (Acts 17:27, the Aeolic form; see ποιέω, at the beginning); present passive participle ψηλαφωμενος; (from ψάω, to touch); to handle, touch, feel: τί or τινα, Luke 24:39; Hebrews 12:18 (see R. V. text and marginal reading, cf. Buttmann, § 134, 8; Winer's Grammar, 343 (322)); 1 John 1:1; metaphorically, mentally to seek after tokens of a person or thing: θεόν, Acts 17:27 (A. V. feel after). (Homer, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, Polybius, Philo, Plutarch; often for מוּשׁ, הֵמִישׁ, מִשֵּׁשׁ.) [SYNONYMS: see ἅπτω, 2 c.]

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ψηλαφάω , -

(< ψάω , to touch),

[in LXX for H4184, H4959 pi., etc.;]

1. to feel or grope about; c. acc, to feel about for, search after: metaph., of seeking God, Acts 17:27.

2. to feel, touch, handle: c. acc pers., Luke 24:39, 1 John 1:1; προσεληλύθατε ψηλαφωμένῳ (ὄρει ?), Hebrews 12:18 (R, txt., a mount that might be touched; mg., a palpable and kindled fire; v. Westc., 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.
List of Word Forms
εψηλαφησαν εψηλάφησαν ἐψηλάφησαν εψηλάφησεν ψηλαφηθήσεται ψηλαφήσαι ψηλαφήσαισαν ψηλαφησατε ψηλαφήσατέ ψηλαφησειαν ψηλαφήσειαν ψηλαφήση ψηλαφήσουσι ψηλαφήσουσιν ψηλαφήσω ψηλαφητόν ψηλαφωμενω ψηλαφωμένω ψηλαφωμένῳ ψηλαφών epselaphesan epseláphesan epsēlaphēsan epsēláphēsan pselaphesate pselaphḗsaté psēlaphēsate psēlaphḗsaté pselapheseian pselaphḗseian psēlaphēseian psēlaphḗseian pselaphomeno psēlaphōmenō pselaphoménoi psēlaphōménōi
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