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Entry for Strong's #1463 - ἐγκομβόομαι

Word Origin
middle voice from (1722) and komboo (to gird)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. knot or band by which two things are fastened together, to fasten or gird one's self
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (1) NAS (1) HCS (1)
1 Peter 1
1 Peter 1
1 Peter 1
V-ADM-2P 1
V-ADM-2P 1
V-ADM-2P 1
V-ADM-2P 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


I Med., (κόμβος) bind a thing on oneself, wear it constantly, Apollod.Car. 4, 1 Peter 5:5.

II Pass., = δέομαι, ἐνειλοῦμαι (Hsch.), Epich. 7.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐγκομβωμαι (see ἐν, III. 3), ἐγκομβοῦμαι: (1 aorist middle ἐνεκομβωσαμην); (from ἐν and κομβόω, to knot, tie, and this from κομβος, knot, band (German Schleife), by which two things are fastened together), to fasten or gird on oneself; the ἐγκομβωμα was the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the girdle of the vest (ἐξωμίς), and distinguished slaves from freemen; hence, 1 Peter 5:5, τήν ταπεινοφροσύνην ἐγκομβώσασθε, gird yourselves with humility as your servile garb (ἐγκομβωμα) i. e. by putting on humility show your subjection one to another. That this idea lies in the phrase is shown by C. F. A. Fritzsche, with his usual learning, in Fritzschiorum Opuscc., p. 259ff.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*† ἐγ -κομβόομαι , -οῦμιι

(< κόμβος , a knot, whence ἐγκόμβωμα , a garment tied on over others, used especially of a frock or apron worn by slaves),

to put on oneself, as a garment, gird on: ἀλλήλοις τ . ταπεινοφροσύνην (as for service, RV, cf. Thayer, s.v., but cf. also ICC, in l), 1 Peter 5:5.†

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

We have found no instance of this rare verb (1 Peter 5:5) in our sources. Suidas (Lex. s.v.) cites a passage from Apollodorus of Carystus, a comic poet of iv/B.C., where the meaning apparently is ";gird something on oneself"; : cf. MGr κομβόω = ";button."; For an interesting, though, it seems to us, doubtful interpretation of the Petrine passage, see Bigg ICC ad l.



The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
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εγκομβωσασθε εγκομβώσασθε ἐγκομβώσασθε enkombosasthe enkombōsasthe enkombṓsasthe
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