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Entry for Strong's #2487 - ἴχνος

Word Origin
from ikneomai (to arrive, cf (2240))
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. a footprint, track, footstep
  2. in the NT, metaph. of imitating the example of any one
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1870 ‑ דֶּרֶךְ (deh'‑rek);  2714 ‑ חֵקֶר (khay'‑ker);  3709 ‑ כַּף (kaf);  6119 ‑ עִקְּבָה (aw‑kabe', ik‑keb‑aw');  6172 ‑ עֶרְוָה (er‑vaw');  6471 ‑ פַּעֲמָה (pah'‑am, pah‑am‑aw');  6541 ‑ פַּרְסָה (par‑saw');  6806 ‑ צַעַד (tsah'‑ad);  7176 ‑ קֶרֶת (keh'‑reth);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (3) NAS (3) HCS (3)
Romans 1
2 Corinthians 1
1 Peter 1
Romans 1
2 Corinthians 1
1 Peter 1
Romans 1
2 Corinthians 1
1 Peter 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἴχνος, εος, τό,

1. track, footstep, Od. 17.317, Hes. Op. 680, Hdt. 4.82; of the spoor of game, X. Cyn. 6.15, etc.: metaph., track, trace, κατ' ἴχνος πλατᾶν ἄφαντον A. Ag. 695 (lyr.); ἐς ταὐτὸν ἐλθὼν.. λόγων ἴ. Id. Pr. 845; ἴ. κακῶν ῥινηλατούσῃ Id. Ag. 1184; ἴ. παλαιᾶς δυστέκμαρτον αἰτίας S. OT 109; ἴ. τειχέων E. Hel. 108; ἴχνη τῶν πληγῶν Pl. Grg. 524c; τὰ τῶν κονδύλων ἴ. Aeschin. 3.212: with neg., not a trace, μαζῶν οὐδὲ ἴχνη Aret. SD 1.8; ἴ. ποδὸς θεῖναι, Lat. vestigia ponere, E. IT 752, cf. Or. 234; θέσθαι AP 7.464 (Antip.); λεπτὸν ἴ. ἀρβύλης τίθετε step softly, E. Or. 140 (lyr.); ἴ. ἐπαντέλλειν ποδός Id. Ph. 105 (lyr.); ἴ. ἐρείδειν AP 5.300 (Paul. Sil.); ἐν ἴχνεσί τινος πόδα νέμειν (metaph.) Pi. N. 6.15; ἰχνῶν τινος ἔχεσθαι Lib. Or. 64.4; τοῖς στοιχοῦσι τοῖς ἴχνεσι τῆς πίστεως Romans 4:12; κατ' ἴχνος ᾄσσειν, κατ' ἴχνη διώκειν, S. Aj. 32, Pl. R. 410b, cf. E. Hec. 1059 (lyr.); εἰς ἴχνος τινὸς ἰέναι Pl. 330e; ἴ. μετιέναι, μετελθεῖν, Id. Phdr. 276d, Tht. 187e; ἴχνους προσάπτεσθαι hit upon a trail, Id. Plt. 290d; τοῖς ἀρχαίοις ἴ. ἐς τὰ θεμέλια χρωμένους Jul. Or. 2.66b; ἴχνη ὑποψίας εἴς τινα φέρει Antipho 2.3.10; μήτ' ἴ. μήτ' αἴθυγμα.. παραδιδόντων Phld. Sign. 29, cf. Rh. 1.91 S.

2. poet., foot, E. Ba. 1134, Herod. 7.20.

3. hard sole of the foot, LXX De. 11.24,al., Gal. 10.876, Orib. 47.9.7; sole of a shoe, Hp. Art. 62, Arr. Ind. 16.5; sandal, POxy. 1449.51 (pl., iii A.D.).

4. τὰ ἴ. τῶν χειρῶν the palms of the hands, LXX 1 Kings 5:4.

5. ἴ. ἀνθρώπινον, as a measure of length, Ruf. Anat. 31.

6. track, route in the desert, PRyl. 197.8 (ii A.D.).

7. pl., representations of footprints as votive offerings indicating the presence of a God, ἀνέθηκαν.. κατὰ τὴν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐνέργιαν ἴχνη αὐτοῦ χρύσεα τέσσερα BCH 51.106 (Panamara), etc.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἴχνος, ἰχνεος (ἴχνους), τό (from ἵκω equivalent to ἱκνέομαι, to go) (from Homer down), a footprint, track, footstep: in the N. T. metaph, of imitating the example of anyone, we find στοιχεῖν τοῖς ἴχνεσι τίνος, Romans 4:12; περιεπατήσαμεν ... τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἴχνεσι, 2 Corinthians 12:18; ἐπακολούθειν τοῖς ἴχνεσι τίνος, 1 Peter 2:21, (ἐν ἴχνεσι τίνος ἔον πόδα νέμειν, Pindar Nem. 6, 27); cf. Latininsistere vestigiis alicuius.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἴχνος , -εος (-ους ), τό ,

[in LXX for H3709, etc.;]

a track, footstep: metaph. (as freq. in cl.), στοιχεῖν τοῖς ἴ ., Romans 4:12; περιπατεῖν τοῖς ἴ ., 2 Corinthians 12:18; ἐπακολουθεῖν τοῖς ἴ ., 1 Peter 2:21 (cf. MM, Exp., xv).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Syll 325.6 (I/B.C.) has a good parallel for Romans 4:12 and 1 Peter 2:21 : the excellent young man who is the hero of the laudation comes of a patriotic and pious stock, καὶ αὐτὸς στοιχεῖν βουλόμενος καὶ τοῖς ἐκείνων ἴχνεσιν ἐπιβαίνειν. The literal use of ἴχνος is seen in p Giss 1. 9.10 (Rom.) ὡς δὲ οὐτὲ ἴχνος ἐθεώρο [υν κτλ., P Oxy XII. 1449.51 (A.D. 213–7) μηδὲ ἴχνη ̣, and in the tax ἴχνους ἐρημοφυλακία, for the desert police who protected the caravan ";route,"; e.g. P Fay 75.2 (ii/iii/ A.D.) : cf. p. 196 and the introduction to P Ryl II. 197. For the metaph. use of ἰχνεύω = ";search out,"; as in Sirach 51:15, cf. Kaibel 227.1 ἰχνεύεις, ὦ ξεῖνε, τίς εἴμ᾽ ἐγώ.


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ίχνει ίχνεσι ιχνεσιν ίχνεσιν ἴχνεσιν ίχνη ίχνος ίχνους ιχώρα ιχώρος ichnesin íchnesin
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