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Lexicon :: Strong's G686 - ara

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ä'-rä (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably from αἴρω (G142) (through the idea of drawing a conclusion)
49x in 1 unique form(s)
38x in 4 unique form(s)
35x in 2 unique form(s)
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Strong’s Definitions

ἄρα ára, ar'-ah; probably from G142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows):—haply, (what) manner (of man), no doubt, perhaps, so be, then, therefore, truly, wherefore. Often used in connection with other particles, especially G1065 or G3767 (after) or G1487 (before). Compare also G687.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x

The KJV translates Strong's G686 in the following manner: therefore (with G3767) (7x), so then (with G3767) (4x), now therefore (with G3767) (1x), then (with G1065) (2x), wherefore (with G1065) (1x), haply (with G1065) (1x), not translated (7x), miscellaneous (7x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x
The KJV translates Strong's G686 in the following manner: therefore (with G3767) (7x), so then (with G3767) (4x), now therefore (with G3767) (1x), then (with G1065) (2x), wherefore (with G1065) (1x), haply (with G1065) (1x), not translated (7x), miscellaneous (7x).
  1. therefore, so then, wherefore

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἄρα ára, ar'-ah; probably from G142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows):—haply, (what) manner (of man), no doubt, perhaps, so be, then, therefore, truly, wherefore. Often used in connection with other particles, especially G1065 or G3767 (after) or G1487 (before). Compare also G687.
STRONGS NT 686: ἄρα
ἄρα, an illative particle (akin, as it seems, to the verbal root ΑΡΩ to join, to be fitted [cf. Curtius, § 488; Vanicek, p. 47]), whose use among native Greeks is illustrated fully by Kühner, ii., §§ 509, 545; [Jelf, §§ 787-789], and Klotz ad Devar. ii., pp. 160-180, among others; [for a statement of diverse views see Bäumlein, Griech. Partikeln, p. 19f]. It intimates that, "under these circumstances something either is so or becomes so" (Klotz, the passage cited, p. 167): Latin igitur, consequently, [differing from οὖν in 'denoting a subjective impression rather than a positive conclusion.' Liddell and Scott (see 5 below)]. In the N. T. it is used frequently by Paul, but in the writings of John and in the so-called Catholic Epistles it does not occur. On its use in the N. T. cf. Winer's Grammar, §§ 53, 8 a. and 61, 6. It is found:
1. subjoined to another word: Romans 7:21; Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:7; ἐπεὶ ἄρα since, if it were otherwise, 1 Corinthians 7:14; [1 Corinthians 5:10, cf. Buttmann, § 149, 5]. When placed after pronouns and interrogative particles, it refers to a preceding assertion or fact, or even to something existing only in the mind: τίς ἄρα who then? Matthew 18:1 (i. e. one certainly will be the greater, who then?); Matthew 19:25 (i. e. certainly some will be saved; you say that the rich will not; who then?); Matthew 19:27; Matthew 24:45 (I bid you be ready; who then etc.? the question follows from this command of mine); Mark 4:41; Luke 1:66 (from all these things doubtless something follows; what, then?); Luke 8:25; Luke 12:42; Luke 22:23 (it will be one of us, which then?); Acts 12:18 (Peter has disappeared; what, then, has become of him?). εἰ ἄρα, Mark 11:13 (whether, since the tree had leaves, he might also find some fruit on it); Acts 7:1 [Rec.] (ἄρα equivalent to 'since the witnesses testify thus'); Acts 8:22 (if, since thy sin is so grievous, perhaps the thought etc.); εἴπερ ἄρα, 1 Corinthians 15:15, (אִם־נָא, εἰ ἄρα, Genesis 18:3). οὐκ ἄρα, Acts 21:38 (thou hast a knowledge of Greek; art thou not then the Egyptian, as I suspected?); μήτι ἄρα (Latin num igitur), did I then etc., 2 Corinthians 1:17.
2. By a use doubtful in Greek writings (cf. Buttmann, 371 (318); [Winers Grammar, 558 (519)]) it is placed at the beginning of a sentence; and so, so then, accordingly, equivalent to ὥστε with a finite verb: ἄρα μαρτυρεῖτε [μάρτυρές ἐστε T Tr WH], Luke 11:48 (Matthew 23:31 ὥστε μαρτυρεῖτε); Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:18; 2 Corinthians 5:14 (2 Corinthians 5:15) (in L T Tr WH no conditional protasis preceding); 2 Corinthians 7:12; Galatians 4:31 (L T Tr WH διό); Hebrews 4:9.
3. in an apodosis, after a protasis with εἰ, in order to bring out what follows as a matter of course (German so ist ja the obvious inference is): Luke 11:20; Matthew 12:28; 2 Corinthians 5:14 (2 Corinthians 5:15) (R G, a protasis with εἰ preceding); Galatians 2:21; Galatians 3:29; Galatians 5:11; Hebrews 12:8; joined to another word, 1 Corinthians 15:14.
4. with γέ, rendering it more pointed, ἄραγε [L Tr uniformly ἄρα γε; so R WH in Acts 17:27; cf. Winers Grammar, p. 45; Lipsius Gram. Untersuch., p. 123], surely then, so then (Latin itaque ergo): Matthew 7:20; Matthew 17:26; Acts 11:18 (L T Tr WH omit γέ); and subjoined to a word, Acts 17:27 [Winer's Grammar, 299 (281)].
5. ἄρα οὖν, a combination peculiar to Paul, at the beginning of a sentence (Winers Grammar, 445 (414); Buttmann, 371 (318) ["ἄρα ad internam potius caussam spectat, οὖν magis ad externam." Klotz ad Devar. ii., p. 717; ἄρα is the more logical, οὖν the more formal connective; "ἄρα is illative, οὖν continuative," Winers, the passage cited; cf. also Kühner, § 545, 3]) [R. V.] so then (Latin hinc igitur): Romans 5:18; Romans 7:3, 25; Romans 8:12; Romans 9:16, 18; Romans 14:12 (L Tr omit WH brackets οὖν); Romans 14:19 [L marginal reading ἆρα]; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:15.

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See STRONGS NT 686: ἄραγε
[ἄραγε, see ἄρα 4.]
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

7:20; 12:28; 17:26; 18:1; 19:25; 19:27; 23:31; 24:45
4:41; 11:13
1:66; 8:25; 11:20; 11:48; 12:42; 22:23
7:1; 8:22; 11:18; 12:18; 17:27; 17:27; 21:38
5:18; 7:3; 7:21; 7:25; 8:1; 8:12; 9:16; 9:18; 10:17; 14:12; 14:19
1 Corinthians
5:10; 7:14; 15:14; 15:15; 15:18
2 Corinthians
1:17; 5:14; 5:14; 5:15; 5:15; 7:12
2:21; 3:7; 3:29; 4:31; 5:11; 6:10
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
4:9; 12:8

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G686 matches the Greek ἄρα (ara),
which occurs 51 times in 51 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 7:20–Heb 4:9)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:20 - Wherefore G686 by their fruits ye shall know them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:28 - But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then G686 the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 17:26 - Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then G686 are the children free.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:1 - At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who G686 is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:25 - When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then G686 can be saved?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:27 - Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? G686
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:45 - Who then G686 is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:41 - And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man G686 is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 11:13 - And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply G686 he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:66 - And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner G686 of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 8:25 - And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man G686 is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:20 - But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt G686 the kingdom of God is come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:48 - Truly G686 ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:42 - And the Lord said, Who then G686 is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 22:23 - And they began to enquire among themselves, which G686 of them it was that should do this thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:1 - Then said the high priest, Are G686 these things so?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:22 - Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps G686 the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:18 - When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then G686 hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:18 - Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what G686 was become of Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:27 - That they should seek the Lord, if haply G686 they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:38 - Art not thou G686 that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 5:18 - Therefore G686 as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:3 - So then G686 if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:21 - I find then G686 a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:25 - I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then G686 with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:1 - There is therefore G686 now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:12 - Therefore, G686 brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:16 - So G686 then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:18 - Therefore G686 hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 10:17 - So then G686 faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:12 - So then G686 every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:19 - Let us therefore G686 follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 5:10 - Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then G686 must ye needs go out of the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:14 - For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else G686 were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:14 - And if Christ be not risen, then G686 is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:15 - Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be G686 that the dead rise not.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:18 - Then G686 they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:17 - When I therefore was thus minded, did I use G686 lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:14 - For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then G686 were all dead:
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 7:12 - Wherefore, G686 though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 2:21 - I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then G686 Christ is dead in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:7 - Know ye therefore G686 that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:29 - And if ye be Christ's, then G686 are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 4:31 - So then, G686 brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 5:11 - And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then G686 is the offence of the cross ceased.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 6:10 - As we have therefore G686 opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 2:19 - Now therefore G686 ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:6 - Therefore G686 let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:15 - Therefore, G686 brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:9 - There remaineth therefore G686 a rest to the people of God.

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