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Entry for Strong's #5256 - ὑπηρετέω

Word Origin
from (5257)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to act as a rower, to row
  2. to minister, render services
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (3) NAS (3) HCS (3)
Acts 3
Acts 3
Acts 3
V-AAI-3P 1
V-AAI-3P 1
V-AAI-3P 1
V-AAI-3P 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. -ήσω Alex. (v. infr.), etc.: plpf. ὑπηρετήκειν X. HG 3.3.9:

prop. do service on board ship, as a rower (cf. ὑπηρέτης, ὑπηρεσία), SIG 524.33,47 (Praesus, iii B. C.):

Pass., πλοῖον ὑπὸ δύο ἀνθρώπων ὑπηρετεῖσθαι δυνάμενον D.S. 2.55.

II to be a servant, do service, S. El. 996, Ph. 990; opp. ἄρχω, Ar. V. 518 (troch.); τοὺς διὰ φόβον ὑ. X. Hier. 1.38.

2. c. dat., minister to, serve, τῷ παρόντι δαίμονι S. El. 1306, cf. E. Ph. 1708, Th. 4.108, etc.; ὑ. τῷ χρηστηρίῳ submit to its ruling, Hdt. 8.41, cf. Pl. Lg. 914a; ἔργοις ἀνοσίοις ὑ. S. OC 283; [ νόμῳ, λόγῳ ], Lys. 2.19; ὑ. τοῖς τρόποις humour his ways, Ar. Ra. 1432; τῷδ' ὑ. λόγῳ second, support it, E. Med. 588; ὢν ἄνθρωπος ἀνθρώπου τύχαις ὑπηρετήσω Alex. 150.

3. ὑ. τινὶ εἴς or πρός τι, Hdt. 1.109, X. Eq. 8.7, etc.; also ὑ. τινί τι serve one in a thing, οἷς σὺ ταῦθ' ὑπηρετεῖς S. Ph. 1024, cf. Ar. Pl. 979, Pl. Smp. 196c, X. Cyr. 5.1.20, D. 18.138, 59.35. in financial sense, τὸν δὲ ταμίαν εἰς τὸ ἀνάλωμα ὑπηρετῆσαι Supp.Epigr. 1.351.30 (Samos, iv B. C.), cf. 363.43 (ibid., iii B. C.), Inscr.Prien. 3 (iv B. C.), 18 (iii B. C.), al. at Athens, serve as ὑπηρέτης of the Council, D. 19.70. in the Mithraic cult, to be a ὑπηρέτης or servitor, RHist.Rel. 109.63 (Rome). render military service, BGU 180.14, 613.23 (both ii A. D.).

4. abs., serve, be subordinate, opp. προστάττω, Arist. Top. 129a13; ἡ ὑπηρετοῦσα ἐπιστήμη Id. Metaph. 982b5: c. neut. pl. of Adj., etc., τὰ λοίφ' ὑ. help in what remains to be done, S. Ph. 15; ὑ. τὰ περὶ τὸν πόλεμον Pl. R. 467a; and with cogn. acc., ὑ. τὰς διακονικὰς πράξεις Arist. Pol. 1277a36: Pass., to be done as service, τὰ ἀπ' ἡμέων ἐς ὑμέας ὑπηρετέεται Hdt. 4.139; χρὴ σὴ τό γε ἐμὸν ὑπηρετέεσθαι that my service should be rendered, Id. 1.108; ἢν τὰ παρ' ὑμῶν ὑπηρετῆται Isoc. 3.63; τὸ πρᾶγμα τὸ ὑπηρετηθέν Arist. EE 1243a16, cf. X. HG 5.2.34. The Med. occurs in late texts, as Hld. 7.19, al., and Alciphr. 1.11, dub. in Supp.Epigr. 1.327.19 (Callatis, i A. D.); τὸ -ούμενον the retinue, Memn. 2.4; fut. -ήσομαι POxy. 58.24 (iii A. D.); but in S. El. 1306, ὑπηρετοίην was rightly restored by Musgrave and Elmsl. for -οίμην.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ὑπηρετέω, ὑπηρέτω; 1 aorist ὑπηρέτησα; from Herodotus down; to be ὑπηρέτης (which see), properly,

a. to act as rower, to row, (Diodorus, Aelian).

b. to minister, render service: τίνι, Acts 13:36; Acts 20:34; Acts 24:23.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ὑπηρετέω , - (< ὑπηρέτης ),

[in LXX: Wisdom of Solomon 16:21; Wisdom of Solomon 16:24-25; Wisdom of Solomon 19:6, Sirach 39:4 *;] prop., to serve as rower on a ship (Diod., al.). In cl. always metaph., to minister to, serve: c. dat. pers., Acts 13:36; Acts 20:34; Acts 24:23.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

1. ";loss"; : P Tebt I. 105.3 (B.C. 103) ἀνὑπόλογον᾽ πἅσης᾽ φθὁρᾶς, ";subject to no deduction for loss,"; with reference to a lease of land, and P Strass I. 24.26 (A.D. 118) (γίγνονται) φθοπᾶς ε ̄ ";total, 5 by death,"; with reference to the death of cattle. In Syll 316 (=.3 684).7 (B.C. 139?) the noun is united with ἔμπργσιςλέγω δέὑπὲρ τῆς ἐμπρησεως καὶφθορᾶς τῶνἀρχεἴων καὶ τῶν δγμοσίων γραμματων.

2. ";corruption,"; ";decay"; : Priene 105.2 (c. B.C. 9), where it is stated that the world would have suffered speedy φθοράν, had it not been for the birth of Augustus : cf. Rom. 8:21.

The word is used of ";abortion"; in Syll 633 (=.3 1042).7 (ii/A.D.); see the editor’s note with its references to Ps. Pauli Apoc. 60 αὗταλί εἰσιν αἱ φθεὶρασαι ἑαυτάς καὶ τὰβρέφγ αὐτῶν ἀποκτείνασαι, and to ἀπὸ φθορελων in Syll 567 (=.3983).12 (ii/A.D.)


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