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Entry for Strong's #3606 - ὅθεν

Word Origin
from (3739) with the directive enclitic of source
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. from which, whence
    1. of the place from which
    2. of the source from which a thing is known, from which, whereby
    3. of the cause from which, for which reason, wherefore, on which account
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (15) NAS (15) HCS (14)
Matthew 4
Luke 1
Acts 3
Hebrews 6
1 John 1
Matthew 4
Luke 1
Acts 3
Hebrews 6
1 John 1
Matthew 4
Luke 1
Acts 3
Hebrews 5
1 John 1
ADV 15
ADV 15
P-GS 1
ADV 15

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. relat. Adv. whence, ὑπὸ πλατανίστῳ, ὅ. ῥέεν ἀγλαὸν ὕδωρ Il. 2.307; ἐξ Ἐνετῶν, ὅ. ἡμιόνων γένος ib. 852; γένος δέ μοι ἔνθεν, ὅ. σοί 4.58, etc.; πόλεως ὅθεν εἶ IG 12(5).310.2 (Paros); also, from whom or which, ὅθεν περ Ὁμηρίδαι ἄρχονται, Διὸς ἐκ προοιμίου Pi. N. 2.1; τὴν τεκοῦσαν.., ὅθεν περ αὐτὸς ἐσπάρη S. OT 1498; Φοῖνιξ, ὅθεν περ τοὔνομ' ἡ χώρα φέρει E. Fr. 819.8: folld. by Particles, ὅθεν περ (v. supr.); ὅθεν δή A. Supp. 15 (anap.); ὅθεν τε Od. 4.358. in Att. Prose, ὅθεν δή from whatever source, in what manner soever, Pl. Phdr. 267d; so ὁθενδήποτε Dosith. p.410 K.; also ἄλλοθεν ὁθενοῦν from any other place whatsoever, Pl. Lg. 738c.

2. for where or whither, by attraction, when the antecedent clause contains a notion of place whence, ἐκ δὲ γῆς, ὅ. προὔκειτ' from the ground where it lay, S. Tr. 701; ... ἀπέλιπες, ἀποκρίνου answer [ from the point] where you left off, Pl. Grg. 497c; διεκομίζοντο.. ὅ. ὑπεξέθεντο παῖδας καὶ γυναῖκας Th. 1.89; ὅθεν, = ἐκεῖσε ὅθεν, X. An. 1.3.17, 7.6.12, etc.; ὅθεν περ, = ἐκεῖθεν ὅθεν περ, IG 12.78.9,88.23.

II whence, for which reason, σφυρῶν.. κέντρα διαπείρας μέσον, ὅ. νιν Ἑλλὰς ὠνόμαζεν Οἰδίπουν E. Ph. 27, cf. Antipho Soph. 54, Arist. Ath. 3.2, IG 22.1011.42, al.; ... ἱδρύσαθ' ἱερόν Alex. 267.4; for what reason, Pl. Prt. 319b; ὅ. ἠνάγκασμαι κατηγορεῖν αὐτῶν, περὶ τούτων πρῶτον εἰπεῖν βούλομαι Lys. 22.1.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ὅθεν (from the relative pronoun and the enclitic θεν which denotes motion from a place) (from Homer down), adverb, from which; whence; it is used a. of the place from which: Matthew 12:44; Luke 11:24; Acts 14:26; Acts 28:13; by attraction for ἐκεῖθεν ὅπου etc., Matthew 25:24, 26; cf. Buttmann, § 143, 12; (Winers Grammar, 159 (150)).

b. of the source from which a thing is known, from which, whereby: 1 John 2:18.

c. of the cause from which, for which reason, wherefore, on which account (A. V. whereupon (in the first two instances)): Matthew 14:7; Acts 26:19; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:3; Hebrews 9:18; Hebrews 11:19; often in the last three books of Macc.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ὅθεν ,



(a) of direction or source: Matthew 12:44, Luke 11:24, Acts 14:26; Acts 28:13; = ἐκεῖθεν ὅπου , Matthew 25:24; Matthew 25:26 (cf. Thuc., i, 89, 3); . γινώσκομεν , 1 John 2:18;

(b) of cause, whence, wherefore: Matthew 14:7, Acts 26:19, Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:3; Hebrews 9:18; Hebrews 11:19.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For ὅρασις = ";seeing,"; ";the act of sight,"; cf. Wünsch AF 4.26 (iii/A.D.) ὁρκίζω σε τὸν θεὸν τὸν τὴν ὅρασιν παντὶ ἀνθρώπῳ χαρισάμενον, P Lond 46.147 (iv/A.D.) (= I. p. 70) ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἀκέφαλος δαίμων ἐν τοῖς ποσὶν ἔχω (ν) τὴν ὅρασιν, and the dedicatory Syll 774 (= .3 1141).2 (Imperial) ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ. Στρατία ὑπὲρ τῆς ὁράσεως θεᾷ Δήμητρι δῶρον, an offering made by Stratia to the goddess Demeter on account of restored sight. For the meaning ";appearance,"; as in Revelation 4:3, cf. P Leid Wxiii. 36 (ii/iii A.D.) (= II. p. 127) ὁ μεταμορφούμενος ἐν ταῖς ὁράσεσιν. A curious use of the word occurs in OGIS 56.56 (B.C. 237), where it is employed as a title of the daughter-goddess of the Sun—ὅρασιν αὐτοῦ, i.e. ";oculum Soils"; (see Dittenberger’s note). In an inscr. in C. and B. ii. p. 653, No. 564, we find εἰς ὅρασιν καὶ εἰς ὅλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτῷ καὶ εἰς τέκνα καὶ εἰς βίον, ";sight, body, children, life,"; all of which are to feel the κατάραι ὅσε ἀνγεγραμμένα [ι ἰ ]σίν if the tomb is disturbed. Ramsay thinks the curses are Jewish. For ὁρασείας = ὁράσεις in the sense of ";visions"; (as in Acts 2:17) see P Strass I. 35.5 (iv/A.D.) with the editor’s note. The word, which survives in MGr, was commonly used by the Church Fathers to denote the ";visions"; of the monks.


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