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Entry for Strong's #2340 - θηρεύω

Word Origin
from (2339)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to go a hunting, to hunt, to catch in hunting
  2. metaph. to lay wait for, strive to ensnare, catch artfully
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 270 ‑ אָחַז (aw‑khaz');  1413 ‑ גָּדַד (gaw‑dad');  2963 ‑ טָרַף (taw‑raf');  3369 ‑ יָקַשׁ (yaw‑koshe');  6148 ‑ עָרַב (aw‑rab');  6679 ‑ צִיד (tsood);  8610 ‑ תָּפַשׂ (taw‑fas');  
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Verse Results
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Luke 1
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Luke 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

θηρευìω θηρ-εύω, aor. 1 ἐθήρευσα Pl. Euthd. 290c: pf. τεθήρευκα Id. Tht. 200a: Med., fut. -σομαι Id. Sph. 222a: aor. ἐθηρευσάμην Ar. Fr. 51, Pl. Tht. 197d: Pass., pf. τεθήρευμαι Lysipp.Com. 7: aor. ἐθηρεύθην Hdt. 3.102, A. Ch. 493, Pl. Sph. 221a: (cf. θηράω):


1. hunt, θηρεύοντα while hunting, Od. 19.465, cf. Hdt. 4.112; θηρεύειν διὰ κενῆς, of the motions of the hands of dying persons, Hp. Prog. 4.

2. decoy, Arist. HA 614a13.


1. c. acc., hunt after, chase, catch, ἀττελέβους Hdt. 4.172; θηρία, ὄρνιθας ἀγρίας, μῦν, X. An. 1.2.7, Pl. Tht. 197c, PCair.Zen. 300.7 (iii B.C.); ὶχθῦς Arist. HA 603a7; [ ἐλέφαντας ] OGI 54.11 (Adule, iii B.C.); of men, Hdt. 4.183; θ. ἀνθρώπους ἐπὶ θοίνην ἤ θυσίαν Arist. Pol. 1324b39, cf. X. An. 1.2.13; Τιτυὸν βέλος θήρευσε it hit, struck him, Pi. P. 4.90: Med., Ar. Fr. 51, Pl. Grg. 464d, Euthd. 290b: Pass., to be hunted, Hdt. 3.102; to be preyed upon, ib. 108; to be caught, πέδαις A. Ch. 493: metaph., to be captivated, Lysipp.Com. 7.

2. metaph., hunt, seek after, κερδέων μέτρον Pi. N. 11.47; γάμους A. Pr. 858; ἀρετάν E. IA 568 (lyr.); θ. νέους πλουσίους ὀρφανούς Aeschin. 1.170; ἡδονάς, ἐπιστήμην, Isoc. 1.16, Pl. Tht. 200a, al.; [ εὐδαιμονίαν ] Arist. Pol. 1328b1; ὀνόματα, ῥήματα, Pl. Grg. 489b, And. 1.9, cf. Antipho 6.18; τὰς ἀρχὰς τῶν συλλογισμῶν Arist. APr. 46a11; θ. τὸν πλησίον, of an orator, Phld. Rh. 2.5 S., al. Trag. preferred θηράω, exc. where metre demanded θηρεύω.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

θηρεύω: 1 aorist infinitive θηρεῦσαί; (from θήρα, as ἀγρεύω from ἄγρα (cf. Schmidt, chapter 72, 3)); from Homer down; to go a hunting, to hunt, to catch in hunting; metaphorically, to lay wait for, strive to ensnare; to catch artfully: τί ἐκ στόματος τίνος, Luke 11:54.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament


(< θήρα ),

[in LXX for H6679, etc.;]

to hunt, ensnare, catch: metaph., Luke 11:54.†

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

θηρεύω is found in its literal sense in PSI IV. 434.17 (B.C. 261–0) ἀλλ᾽ οὐδὲ τὸμ μῦν ἑτοιμάζοντα θηρεύειν (cf. μυοθηρεύω and –τής in P Oxy II. 299 cited s.v. ἀρραβών), P Ryl II. 98 (a) (A.D. 154–5) βούλομαι ἐπιχωρηθῆναι παρ᾽ ὑμῶν θηρεύειν καὶ ἀγριεύειν ἐν τῷ προκ (ειμένῳ) δρυμῷ πᾶν ὄρν ̣[εο ]ν ̣ ἐπὶ γῆς, ";I desire to be granted a permit by you for hunting and catching in the aforesaid mere every bird therein"; (Edd.) : cf. OGIS 54.11 (c. B.C. 247) οὓς (ἐλέφαντας) ὅ τε πατὴρ αὐτοῦ (Πτολεμαίου τοῦ Εὐεργέτου) καὶ αὐτὸς πρῶτο (ι) ἐκ τῶν χωρῶν τούτων ἐθήρευσαν.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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List of Word Forms
εθηρεύθη εθήρευσαν εθήρευσάν εθηρεύσαντο θηρευόμενα θηρευόμενοι θηρεύοντες θηρευόντων θηρευσαι θηρεύσαι θηρεύσαί θηρεῦσαί θηρεύσαισαν θηρεύσας θηρεύσει θηρεύσεις θήρευσόν θηρεύσονται θηρεύσουσιν θηριάλωτον θηρίαλωτον θηριαλώτου θηριαλώτων θηριόβρωτος thereusai thereûsaí thēreusai thēreûsaí
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