Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #634 - ἀποπίπτω
1. fall off from, ἐκ πέτρης Od. 24.7; ἀπὸ τῶν φιαλέων Hdt. 3.130; τοῦ κολεοῦ ἀ. ὁ μύκης ib. 64, cf. Hecat. 22 J.; ἀ. τῶν ἵππων slip off, Plb. 11.21.3.
2. abs., fall off, στιλπναὶ δ' ἀπέπιπτον ἔερσαι Il. 14.351, cf. Th. 4.4, Arist. HA 557b29.
II miss or fail in obtaining, τῆς ἐλπίδος ἀ. Plb. 9.7.1; τἀγαθοῦ Procl. Inst. 13; fail to record, let slip, τῶν ἀναγκαιοτέρων D.S. 13.84: abs., to be disappointed, fail, Plb. 4.36.5, UPZ 70.27 (ii B.C.).
This word, which in the NT is found only once (Acts 9:18) in its literal meaning of ";fall off,"; occurs in a derived sense in P Par 47.27 (c. B.C. 153)(= Witkowski.2 p. 90, Selections p. 23) ἰ καὶ αὑτοὺς δεδώκαμεν καὶ ἀποπεπτώκαμεν ";(one can never again show face in Tricomia for very shame), if we have both given ourselves up and collapsed."; Witkowski compares Polyb. i. 87.1 πίπτω ταῖς ἐλπίσιν. The verb also occurs in the philosophical fragment P Flor II. 113iii. 19 (ii/A.D.) ἀποπείπτειν τὰ ὦ [τα καὶ αὐ ]τὰς ἀχρείους γενέσθαι : cf. Archiv vi. p. 239.
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