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Entry for Strong's #2703 - καταφεύγω

Word Origin
from (2596) and (5343)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to flee away, flee for refuge
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 622 ‑ אָסַף (aw‑saf');  2244 ‑ חָבָא (khaw‑baw');  3680 ‑ כָּסָה (kaw‑saw');  3867 ‑ לָוָה (law‑vaw');  5127 ‑ נוּס (noos);  5307 ‑ נָפַל (naw‑fal');  7323 ‑ רוּץ (roots);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (2) NAS (2) HCS (2)
Acts 1
Hebrews 1
Acts 1
Hebrews 1
Acts 1
Hebrews 1
V-2AAI-3P 1
V-2AAI-3P 1
V-2AAI-3P 1
V-2AAI-3P 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. - φεύξομαι D. 8.41:

1. flee for refuge, ἐς τὸ [ἱρόν ] Hdt. 2.113, cf. 1.145; ἐπὶ Διὸς βωμόν Id. 5.46: c. acc., οὐκ ἔχω βωμὸν κ. E. IA 911 (troch.); - πεφευγέναι ἐν τόπῳ flee and take refuge in.., Pl. Sph. 260c, cf. X. HG 4.5.5; ἐκεῖ, ἐνθάδε κ., Th. 3.71, Isoc. 14.28; ὅποι.. X. Mem. 3.8.10; κ. εἴς τινα flee for protection to him, ὃς ἂν φεύγων καταφύγῃ ἐς τούτους Hdt. 4.23; εἰς ὑμᾶς κ. καὶ ἀντιβολῶ And. 1.149; ἐπί τινα D. 18.19, etc.; πρὸς ὑμᾶς Id. 8.41; παρ' ἡμῖν Isoc. 12.194.

2. ἐκ τῆς μάχης κ. escape from.., Hdt. 6.75: abs., ἄνω μάλ' εἶσι καταφυγών (sc. ὁ ἀτμός) Alex. 124.17.

3. have recourse, εἰς ἔλεον Antipho 3.2.2; εἰς σωτηρίαν Id. 2.4.1; εἰς τοὺς λόγους Pl. Phd. 99e, cf. 76e; εἰς ὅρκον Arist. Rh.Al. 1432a38; ἐπὶ τὰς μηχανάς Pl. Cra. 425d; ἐπὶ τὸν δικαστήν Arist. EN 1132a20; ἐπὶ τὸν λόγον ib. 1105b13; ἐπὶ Καρχηδονίους Plb. 1.10.1, cf. Plu. Cam. 7; πρὸς θεῶν εὐχάς Pl. Phdr. 244e; ὥς τινας Plb. 24.10.11: c. dat., τῇ μητρί Ctes. Fr. 29.57.

4. εἰς τὴν τοῦ βίου μετριότητα κ. fall back upon, appeal to.., D. 25.76; ἐπὶ τὸ φάσκειν.. Phld. D. 3.8.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

καταφεύγω: 2 aorist κατέφυγον; (from Herodotus down); to flee away, flee for refuge: followed by εἰς with the accusative of place, Acts 14:6; οἱ καταφυγόντες, we who (cf. Buttmann, § 144, 9 c.) have fled from namely, the irreligious mass of mankind, followed by an infinitive of purpose, Hebrews 6:18; cf. Delitzsch at the passage.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -φεύγω ,

[in LXX for H5127, etc.;]

to flee for refuge: seq. εἰς , Acts 14:6; metaph., c. inf., Hebrews 6:18.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

καταφεύγω is a kind of technical expression for suppliants ";fleeing"; or ";resorting"; to any one for help, e.g. P Magd 2.8 B.C. 221) ἵνα ἐ [πὶ ] σὲ καταφυγοῦσα, βασιλεῦ, τοῦ δικαίου τύχω, P Oxy XII. 1468.9 (c. A.D. 258) ἐπὶ τὴν σὴν ἀνδρείαν καταφεύγω θαρρῶν τεύξεσθαι τῶν προσόντων μοι δικαίων, ἡγεμὼν κύριε, P Tebt II. 326.4 (c. A.D. 266) ἱκετηρίαν τιθεμένη ἐπὶ τὸ σὸν μέγεθος καταφεύγω ̣ : cf. Acts 14:6. In P Fay p. 49.9 (B.C. .69–8) it is used in connexion with the right of asylum at a temple at Kasr el Banât for all manner of fugitives—τοὺς κατ [αφ ]εύγοντας καθ᾽ ὁνδηποτοῦν τρόπον : cf. Hebrews 6:16. For a similar use of the subst. see P Tebt I. 43.27 (B.C.118) προήγμεθα τὴν ἐφ᾽ ὑμᾶς καταφ. υ ̣γὴν (l. καταφυγὴν) ποιήσασθαι, ";we have been impelled to take refuge with you"; (Edd.), Preisigke 6.24 (A.D. 216) ἀναγκαίως τὴν ἐπί σε καταφυγὴν ποιοῦμαι.


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List of Word Forms
καταφεύξεσθε καταφεύξεται καταφεύξονται καταφυγείν καταφύγη καταφυγοντες καταφυγόντες κατέφθασεν κατέφυγε κατέφυγεν κατεφυγον κατέφυγον κατεφύγοσαν kataphugontes kataphygontes kataphygóntes katephugon katephygon katéphygon
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