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Lexicon :: Strong's G746 - archē

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ἀρχή
Transliteration
archē
Pronunciation
är-khā' (Key)
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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 1:479,81

Strong’s Definitions

ἀρχή archḗ, ar-khay'; from G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):—beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.


KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x

The KJV translates Strong's G746 in the following manner: beginning (40x), principality (8x), corner (2x), first (2x), miscellaneous (6x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x
The KJV translates Strong's G746 in the following manner: beginning (40x), principality (8x), corner (2x), first (2x), miscellaneous (6x).
  1. beginning, origin

  2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader

  3. that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause

  4. the extremity of a thing

    1. of the corners of a sail

  5. the first place, principality, rule, magistracy

    1. of angels and demons

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἀρχή archḗ, ar-khay'; from G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):—beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.
STRONGS NT 746: ἀρχή
ἀρχή, -ῆς, , [from Homer down], in the Sept. mostly equivalent to רֹאשׁ, רֵאֹשִׁית, תְּחִלָּה;
1. beginning, origin;
a. used absolutely, of the beginning of all things: ἐν ἀρχῇ, John 1:1f (Genesis 1:1); ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς, Matthew 19:4 (with which cf. Xenophon, mem. 1, 4, 5 ἐξ ἀρχῆς ποιῶν ἀνθρώπους), Matthew 19:8; John 8:44; 1 John 1:1; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 3:8; more fully ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως or κόσμου, Matthew 24:21; Mark 10:6; Mark 13:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (where L [Tr marginal reading WH marginal reading] ἀπαρχήν, which see); 2 Peter 3:4; κατ’ ἀρχάς, Hebrews 1:10 (Psalm 101:26 (Ps. 102:26)).
b. in a relative sense, of the beginning of the thing spoken of: ἐξ ἀρχῆς, from the time when Jesus gathered disciples, John 6:64; John 16:4; ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς, John 15:27 (since I appeared in public); as soon as instruction was imparted, [1 John 2:7], 1 John 2:24; 1 John 3:11; 2 John 1:5f; more fully ἐν ἀρχῇ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, Philippians 4:15 (Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 47, 2 [see note in Gebh. and Harn. at the passage and cf.] Polycarp, ad Philipp. 11, 3); from the beginning of the gospel history, Luke 1:2; from the commencement of life, Acts 26:4; ἐν ἀρχῇ, in the beginning, when the church was founded, Acts 11:15. The accusative ἀρχήν [cf. Winers Grammar, 124 (118); Bp. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:18] and τὴν ἀρχήν in the Greek writings (cf. Lennep ad Phalarid., pp. 82ff and, p. 94ff, Lipsius edition; Brückner in DeWette's Handbook on John, p. 151) is often used adverbially, equivalent to ὅλως altogether, (properly, an accusative of 'direction towards': usque ad initium, [cf. Winers Grammar, 230 (216); Buttmann, 153 (134)]), commonly followed by a negative, but not always [cf. e. g. Dio Cassius fragment 101 (93 Dindorf); 45:34 (Dindorf vol. ii., p. 194); 59:20; 62:4; see, further, Lycurgus, § 125, Mätzner edition]; hence, that extremely difficult passage, John 8:25 τὴν... ὑμῖν, must in my opinion be interpreted as follows: I am altogether or wholly (i. e. in all respects, precisely) that which I even speak to you (I not only am, but also declare to you what I am; therefore you have no need to question me), [cf. Winers Grammar, 464 (432); Buttmann, 253 (218)]. ἀρχὴν λαμβάνειν, to take beginning, to begin, Hebrews 2:3. with the addition of the genitive of the thing spoken of: ὠδίνων, Matthew 24:8; Mark 13:8 (Mark 13:9) [(here R G plural); τῶν σημείων, John 2:11]; ἡμερῶν, Hebrews 7:3; τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, that from which the gospel history took its beginning, Mark 1:1; τῆς ὑποστάσεως, the confidence with which we have made a beginning, opposed to μέχρι τέλους, Hebrews 3:14. τὰ στοιχεῖα τῆς ἀρχῆς, Hebrews 5:12 (τῆς ἀρχῆς is added for greater explicitness, as in Latin rudimenta prima, Livy 1, 3; Justin., hist. 7, 5; and prima elamenta, Horat. sat. 1, 1, 26, etc.); τῆς ἀρχῆς τοῦ Χριστοῦ λόγος equivalent to τοῦ Χριστοῦ λόγος τῆς ἀρχῆς, i. e. the instruction concerning Christ such as it was at the very outset [cf. Winers Grammar, 188 (177); Buttmann, 155 (136)], Hebrews 6:1.
2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader: Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:8 Rec.; Rev 21:6; 22:13; (Deuteronomy 21:17; Job 40:14 (Job 40:19), etc.).
3. that by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause (a sense in which the philosopher Anaximander, 8th century B.C., is said to have been the first to use the word; cf. Simplicius, on Aristotle, phys. f. 9, p. 326, Brandis edition and 32, p. 334, Brandis edition [cf. Teichmüller, Stud. zur Gesch. d. Begriffe, pp. 48ff 560ff]): ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως, of Christ as the divine λόγος, Revelation 3:14 (cf. Düsterdieck at the passage; Clement of Alexandria, protrept. 1, p. 6, Potter edition [p. 30 edition Sylb.] λόγος ἀρχὴ θεῖα τῶν πάντων; in Evang. Nicod. c. 23 [p. 308, Tdf. edition, p. 736, Thilo edition] the devil is called ἀρχὴ τοῦ θανάτου καὶ ῥίζα τῆς ἁμαρτίας).
4. the extremity of a thing: of the corners of a sail, Acts 10:11; Acts 11:5; (Herodotus 4, 60; Diodorus 1, 35; others.).
5. the first place, principality, rule, magistracy [cf. English 'authorities'], (ἄρχω τινός): Luke 12:11; Luke 20:20; Titus 3:1; office given in charge (Genesis 40:13, 21; 2 Macc. 4:10, etc.), Jude 1:6. Hence the term is transferred by Paul to angels and demons holding dominions entrusted to them in the order of things (see ἄγγελος, 2 [cf. Bp. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:16; Meyer on Ephesians 1:21]): Romans 8:38; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 15. See ἐξουσία, 4 c. ββ.

Related entry:
See STRONGS NT 746: ἄρχι
ἄρχι, (from ἄρχω, ἀρχός), an inseparable prefix, usually to names of office or dignity, to designate the one who is placed over the rest that hold the office (German Ober-, Erz-, [English arch- (chief-, high-)]), as ἀρχάγγελος, ἀρχιποίμην [which see], ἀρχιερεύς, ἀρχίατρος, ἀρχιευνοῦχος, ἀρχυπερέτης (in Egyptian inscriptions), etc., most of which belong to Alexandrian and Byzantine Greek. Cf. Thiersch, De Pentateuchi versione Alex. p. 77f.
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

Genesis
1:1; 2; 40:13; 40:21
Deuteronomy
21:17
Job
40:14; 40:19
Psalms
102:26
Matthew
19:4; 19:8; 24:8; 24:21
Mark
1:1; 10:6; 13:8; 13:9; 13:19
Luke
1:2; 12:11; 20:20
John
1:1; 2:11; 6:64; 8:25; 8:44; 15:27; 16:4
Acts
10:11; 11:5; 11:15; 26:4
Romans
8:38
1 Corinthians
15:24
Ephesians
1:21; 1:21; 3:10; 6:12
Philippians
4:15
Colossians
1:16; 1:16; 1:18; 1:18; 2:10; 2:15
2 Thessalonians
2:13
Titus
3:1
Hebrews
1:10; 2:3; 3:14; 5:12; 6:1; 7:3
2 Peter
3:4
1 John
1:1; 2:7; 2:13; 2:24; 3:8; 3:11
2 John
1:5
Jude
1:6
Revelation
1:8; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G746 matches the Greek ἀρχή (archē),
which occurs 58 times in 56 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 19:4–2Jo 1:5)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:4 - And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made[fn] them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:8 - He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:8 - “All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:21 - “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:1 - The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:6 - “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:8 - “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.[fn] These are the beginnings of sorrows.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:19 - “For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:11 - “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 20:20 - So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:2 - He was in the beginning with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 2:11 - This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:64 - “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:25 - Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:44 - “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:27 - “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - “But these things I have told you, that when the[fn] time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:11 - and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:5 - “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:15 - “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:4 - “My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:38 - For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:24 - Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 1:21 - far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:10 - to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[fn] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 4:15 - Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:16 - For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:18 - And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:10 - and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:15 - Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:13 - But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
Unchecked Copy BoxTit 3:1 - Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 1:10 - And:

“You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:3 - how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 3:14 - For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 5:12 - For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 6:1 - Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 3:4 - and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:7 - Brethren,[fn] I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:13 - I write to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children,
Because you have known the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:14 - I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:24 - Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:8 - He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:11 - For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
Unchecked Copy Box2Jo 1:5 - And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.

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