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Entry for Strong's #1717 - ἐμφανής

Word Origin
from a compound of (1722) and (5316)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. manifest
    1. fig. of God giving proofs of his saving grace and thus manifesting himself
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1875 ‑ דָּרַשׁ (daw‑rash');  3045 ‑ יָדַע (yaw‑dah');  3559 ‑ כּוּן (koon);  
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Verse Results
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Acts 1
Romans 1
Acts 1
Romans 1
Acts 1
Romans 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἐμφαν-ής, ές,

I showing in itself, reflecting, of mirrors, Pl. Ti. 46a.


1. visible to the eye, manifest, of persons, S. Tr. 199, etc.; esp. of the gods appearing bodily among men, E. Ba. 22, Ar. V. 733, Pl. Alc. 2.141a; so ὄψις ἐ. ἐνυπνίων A. Pers. 518; τέκμαρ Ch. 667; ἐ. τινὰ ἰδεῖν see him bodily, S. Aj. 538, cf. Ar. Th. 682; μαθεῖν S. El. 1454; πῶς ἂν ὑμὶν ἐμφανὴς.. γενοίμην; how could I make it manifest? Id. Ph. 531; ἐμφανὴς τιμαῖσιν, = ἐμφανῶς τιμώμενος, Id. OT 909 (lyr.); ἐ. ζῷα familiar animals, Epicur. Ephesians 2 p.43U. as legal term, ἐμφανῆ παρέχειν τινά to produce a person or thing in open court, Antipho 5.36, cf. D. 56.38; so ἐμφανῆ καταστῆσαι produce in court, either the property or the vouchers, Id. 52.10; ἐμφανῶν κατάστασις, actio ad exhibendum, Isa 6.31, D. 53.14. of things, οὐ γάρ ἐστι τἀμφανῆ κρύπτειν S. OC 755; ἐ. τεκμήρια visible proofs, Id. El. 1109; ἄλγος ἐ. Pi. Fr. 210; κλαυθμός Hdt. 1.111; μεῖξις ib. 203; Χυμοί Thphr. CP 6.3.4 (Sup.); ἐ. κόσμος visible sky, Vett. Val. 8.12; τὰ ἐ. κτήματα the actual property, X. HG 5.2.10; τοῦ μέλλοντος καὶ μὴ -οῦς Th. 3.42; εἰς τοὐμφανὲς ἰέναι to come into light, come forward, X. Mem. 4.3.13; εἰς τοὐ. ᾠοτοκεῖν, ζῳοτοκεῖν, Arist. HA 510b20, 511a23; ἀεὶ ἐ. εἶναι to be constantly in evidence, X. Ages. 9.1.

2. manifest, palpable, τυραννίς Ar. V. 417; βία Th. 4.86; ἐ. λόγος a plain speech, A. Eu. 420; τῷ ἐμφανεῖ λόγῳ openly, Th. 7.48; τὴν διάνοιαν ἐ. ποιεῖν διὰ φωνῆς Pl. Tht. 206d; ἐμφανές ἐστιν ὅτι.. X. Hier. 9.10.

3. wellknown, τὰ ἐ. Hdt. 2.33; ἐμφανῆ γὰρ ἦν S. Ant. 448; conspicuous, notable, ἀνήρ D.S. 1.68.


1. Adv. -νῶς, Ion. -νέως, visibly, openly, Hdt. 1.140, A. Ag. 626, Th. 7.48, etc.; λέγειν Ar. Ach. 312; ἐ. ἐλευθεροῦν without doubt, Hdt. 6.123; ἐ. ἠμύνατο openly, i.e. not secretly or treacherously, S. Tr. 278; οὐ λόγοις, ἀλλ' ἐ. but really, Ar. Nu. 611: Comp. -έστερον Pl. Phlb. 31e.

2. neut. Adj., ἐκ τοῦ ἐ. Hdt. 3.150, 4.120, al.; ἐν τῷ ἐ. Th. 2.21, X. An. 2.5.25.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐμφανής (see ἐν, III. 3), ἐμφανές (ἐμφαίνω to show in, exhibit), manifest: γίνομαι τίνι, in its literal sense, Acts 10:40; figuratively, of God giving proofs of his saving grace and thus manifesting himself, Romans 10:20 from Isaiah 65:1. (From Aeschylus down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐμφανής , -ές

(< ἐμφαίνω , to show in, exhibit),

[in LXX: Micah 4:1, Isaiah 2:2 (H3559 ni.), Wisdom of Solomon 6:22; Wisdom of Solomon 7:21; Wisdom of Solomon 14:17; . γίνεσθαι , Exodus 2:14 (H3045 ni.), Isaiah 65:1 (H1875 ni.)*;]

manifest: Acts 10:40; metaph., Romans 10:20 (LXX) (see ἐπιφανής ).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The phrase ἐν τῷ ἐμφανεῖ is found in P Hib I. 93.4 (c. B.C. 250) where a man, acting as surety, undertakes to produce his friend ἐν ] τῶι ἐμφανεῖ ἔξω ἱεροῦ κα [ὶ πάσης ] σκέπης, ";openly, outside of a temple or any other shelter,"; and similarly P Oxy IV. 785 (c. A.D. 1) and the other citations in P Hamb I. p. 121 n.4. The quasi-legal use of the adj. may be further illustrated from BGU IV. 1145.40 (B.C. 5) ἐὰν δὲ καὶ ἡ Διδύμη μὴ π [αρ ]έχηται τ ̣[ὴν ] Λύκαν καὶ Διονύσιον τῷ Ἀχ ̣ι ̣λ (λεῖ) ἐνφανεῖς, εἶναι καὶ αὐ (τὴν) ἀγωγίμη (ν), P Oxy II. 260.11 (A.D. 59) ἔσασθα [ι ἐμ ]φανῆ τῷ Σαραπίωνο [ς ] ἀρχιδικαστοῦ [β ]ήματι, ";I will appear at the court of the chief justice Sarapion,"; and so ib. X. 1258.6 (A.D. 45), P Gen I. 28.24 (A.D. 136) al. In P Oxy VII. 1021.2 (A.D. 54) the deceased Emperor Claudius is described as ἐνφανὴς θεός, ";god manifest"; : see further s.v. ἐπιφανής. For a Christian use see the fragment of a lost Gospel, P Oxy IV. 655.19, where the disciples ask the Lord—πότε ἡμῖν ἐμφανὴς ἔσει καὶ πότε σε ὀψόμεθα; and receive the answer—ὅταν ἐκδύσησθε καὶ μὴ αἰσχυνθῆτε.

The corr. subst. ἐμφανεία may be illustrated from P Grenf II. 62.10 (A.D. 211) where Demetrius agrees to act as surety μονῆς καὶ ἐμφανίας, ";for the non-removal and appearance"; of Pasis : cf. P Oxy VIII. 1121.22, .25 (A.D. 295).


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εμφανές εμφανη εμφανή ἐμφανῆ εμφανης εμφανής ἐμφανὴς emphane emphanê emphanē emphanē̂ emphanes emphanēs emphanḕs
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