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Lexicon :: Strong's G154 - aiteō

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aiteō (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Of uncertain derivation
70x in 38 unique form(s)
71x in 39 unique form(s)
72x in 28 unique form(s)
Dictionary Aids

Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 1:191,30

Trench's Synonyms: xl. αἰτέω, ἐρωτάω.

Strong’s Definitions

αἰτέω aitéō, ahee-teh'-o; of uncertain derivation; to ask (in genitive case):—ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. Compare G4441.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 71x

The KJV translates Strong's G154 in the following manner: ask (48x), desire (17x), beg (2x), require (2x), crave (1x), call for (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 71x
The KJV translates Strong's G154 in the following manner: ask (48x), desire (17x), beg (2x), require (2x), crave (1x), call for (1x).
  1. to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
αἰτέω aitéō, ahee-teh'-o; of uncertain derivation; to ask (in genitive case):—ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. Compare G4441.
αἰτέω, -ῶ; future αἰτήσω; 1 aorist ᾔτησα; perfect ἤτηκα; middle, present αἰτοῦμαι; imperfect ᾐτούμην future αἰτήσομαι; 1 aorist ᾐτησάμην; [from Homer down]; to ask; middle to ask for oneself, request for oneself; absolutely: James 1:6; Matthew 7:7; middle, James 4:3; John 16:26; Mark 15:8; αἰτεῖσθαι τι, John 15:7; Matthew 14:7; Mark 6:24; Mark 10:38; Mark 11:24; Mark 15:43; 1 John 5:14; Luke 23:52; Acts 25:3, 15, etc.; αἰτεῖν with the accusative of the person to whom the request is made: Matthew 5:42; Matthew 6:8; Luke 6:30; αἰτεῖσθαι with the accusative of the person asked for — whether to be released, Matthew 27:20; Mark 15:6 [here T WH Tr marginal reading παραιτ., which see]; Luke 23:25; or bestowed as a gift; Acts 13:21; αἰτεῖν τι ἀπό τινος, Matthew 20:20 L Tr text WH text; [Luke 12:20 Tr WH]; 1 John 5:15 L T Tr WH; (so αἰτεῖσθαι in Plutarch, Galb. 20) [cf. Buttmann, 149 (130)]; τὶ παρά τινος, Acts 3:2; Matthew 20:20 R G T Tr marginal reading WH marginal reading; James 1:5; 1 John 5:15 R G; followed by the infinitive, John 4:9; middle, Acts 9:2; [αἰτεῖν τι ἐν τ. ὀνόματι Χριστοῦ, John 14:13; John 16:24 (see ὄνομα, 2 e.); τὶ ἐν τῇ προσευχή, Matthew 21:22]; αἰτεῖν τινά τι, Matthew 7:9; Luke 11:11; Mark 6:22; John [John 14:14 T but L WH Tr marginal reading brackets]; John 16:23; ὑπέρ τινος followed by ἵνα, Colossians 1:9 [cf. Buttmann, 237 (204)]; αἰτεῖσθαι with the accusative and the infinitive, Luke 23:23; Acts 3:14; only with the infinitive, Acts 7:46 (ᾐτήσατο εὑρεῖν he asked that he himself might find; others wrongly translate ᾐτήσατο desired); Ephesians 3:13.
With the idea of demanding prominent: αἰτεῖν τι, Luke 1:63; 1 Corinthians 1:22; τινά τι, Luke 12:48; 1 Peter 3:15.
[The constructions of this word in the Greek Bible, the Apostolic Fathers, etc., are exhibited in detail by Prof. Ezra Abbot in the North American Review for Jan. 1872, p. 182f. He there shows also (in opposition to Trench, § xl., and others) that it is not "the constant word for the seeking of the inferior from the superior," and so differing from ἐρωτάω, which has been assumed to imply 'a certain equality or familiarity between the parties'; that the distinction between the words does not turn upon the relative dignity of the person asking and the person asked; but that αἰτέω signifies to ask for something to be given not done, giving prominence to the thing asked for rather than the person, and hence is rarely used in exhortation. έρωτάω, on the other hand, is to request a person to do (rarely to give) something; referring more directly to the person, it is naturally used in exhortation, etc. The views of Trench are also rejected by Cremer, 4te Aufl. under the word. The latter distinguishes αἰτέω from similar words as follows: "αἰτέω denotes the request of the will, ἐπιθυμέω that of the sensibilities, δέομαι the asking of need, while ἐρωτάω marks the form of the request, as does εὔχεσθαι also, which in classic Greek is the proper expression for a request directed to the gods and embodying itself in prayer." έρωτάω, αἰτέω and δέομαι are also compared briefy by Green, Critical Notes, etc. (on John 14:13, 16), who concludes of ἐρωτάω "it cannot serve to indicate directly any peculiar position, absolute or relative, of the agent. The use of the word may, therefore, be viewed as having relation to the manner and cast of the request, namely, when carrying a certain freedom of aim and bearing; a thing inseparable from the act of direct interrogation"; cf. further Schmidt, chapter 7. Compare: ἀπ-, ἐξ-, ἐπ-, παρ- (-μαι), προσαιτέω.]
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

5:42; 6:8; 7:7; 7:9; 14:7; 20:20; 20:20; 21:22; 27:20
6:22; 6:24; 10:38; 11:24; 15:6; 15:8; 15:43
1:63; 6:30; 11:11; 12:20; 12:48; 23:23; 23:25; 23:52
4:9; 14:13; 14:13; 14:14; 14:16; 15:7; 16:23; 16:24; 16:26
3:2; 3:14; 7:46; 9:2; 13:21; 25:3; 25:15
1 Corinthians
1:5; 1:6; 4:3
1 Peter
1 John
5:14; 5:15; 5:15

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G154 matches the Greek αἰτέω (aiteō),
which occurs 70 times in 67 verses in the MGNT Greek.

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 5:42–Act 13:21)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 5:42 - Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:8 - Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:7 - “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:8 - For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:9 - “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:10 - Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:11 - If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:7 - that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:19 - “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:20 - Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:22 - “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:22 - If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:20 - But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:58 - Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:22 - When the daughter of[fn] Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:23 - And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:24 - She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:25 - At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:35 - Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:38 - “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:8 - The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:43 - Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:63 - He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 6:30 - Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:9 - “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:10 - For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:11 - “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[fn] a fish, will give him a snake instead?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:12 - Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:13 - If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:48 - But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:23 - But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:25 - He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:52 - Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:9 - The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[fn])
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:10 - Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 11:22 - But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:13 - And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:14 - You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:7 - If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:16 - You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:23 - In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:24 - Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:26 - In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 3:2 - Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 3:14 - You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:46 - who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:2 - and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:20 - He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 13:21 - Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years.

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