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Lexicon :: Strong's G1937 - epithymeō

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epithymeō (Key)
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TDNT Reference: 3:168,339

Strong’s Definitions

ἐπιθυμέω epithyméō, ep-ee-thoo-meh'-o; from G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise):—covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 16x

The KJV translates Strong's G1937 in the following manner: desire (8x), covet (3x), lust (3x), lust after (1x), fain (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 16x
The KJV translates Strong's G1937 in the following manner: desire (8x), covet (3x), lust (3x), lust after (1x), fain (1x).
  1. to turn upon a thing

  2. to have a desire for, long for, to desire

  3. to lust after, covet

    1. of those who seek things forbidden

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἐπιθυμέω epithyméō, ep-ee-thoo-meh'-o; from G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise):—covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).
ἐπιθυμέω, -ῶ; [imperfect ἐπεθύμουν]; future ἐπιθυμήσω; 1 aorist ἐπεθύμησα; (θυμός); from Aeschylus down; Sept. for אִוָּה and חָמַד; properly, to keep the θυμός turned upon a thing, hence [cf. our to set one's heart upon] to have a desire for, long for; absolutely, to desire [A. V. lust], James 4:2; to lust after, covet, of those who seek things forbidden, Romans 7:7; Romans 13:9 (from Exodus 20:17); 1 Corinthians 10:6 (4 Macc. 2:6); κατά τινος, to have desires opposed to [A. V. lust against] a thing, Galatians 5:17 [Buttmann, 335 (288)]; τινός, to long for, covet a thing, Acts 20:33; 1 Timothy 3:1; of sexual desire, γυναικός, Matthew 5:28 Rec. [see below] (παιδὸς γυναικός, Xenophon, an. 4, 1, 14; with the genitive also in Exodus 34:24; Proverbs 21:26; Proverbs 23:3, 6; Wis. 6:12; Sir. 24:19 (Sir. 24:18), etc.); contrary to the usage of the better Greek writings with the accusative of the object, Matthew 5:28 L Tr (WH brackets), and without an object Tdf. (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21; Micah 2:2; Wis. 16:3; Sir. 1:26 (Sir. 1:23), etc.; cf. Winer's Grammar § 30, 10 b.); as often in Greek writings, followed by the infinitive: Matthew 13:17; Luke 15:16; [Luke 16:21]; Luke 17:22; 1 Peter 1:12; Revelation 9:6; followed by the accusative with the infinitive Hebrews 6:11; ἐπιθυμίᾳ ἐπεθύμησα I have greatly desired, Luke 22:15; cf. Winers Grammar § 54, 3; Buttmann § 133, 22 a.
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

20:17; 20:17; 34:24
21:26; 23:3; 23:6
5:28; 5:28; 13:17
15:16; 16:21; 17:22; 22:15
7:7; 13:9
1 Corinthians
1 Timothy
1 Peter

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G1937 matches the Greek ἐπιθυμέω (epithymeō),
which occurs 16 times in 16 verses in the TR Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 5:28 - but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust G1937 for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:17 - “For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired G1937 to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 15:16 - “And he would have gladly G1937 filled his stomach with the [fn]pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 16:21 - and longing G1937 to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 17:22 - And He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will long G1937 to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 22:15 - And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired G1937 to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 20:33 - “I have coveted G1937 no one’s silver or gold or clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:7 - What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except [fn]through the Law; for I would not have known about [fn]coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT [fn]COVET G1937.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 13:9 - For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET G1937,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 10:6 - Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. G1937
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 5:17 - For the flesh [fn]sets G1937 its desire G1937 against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you [fn]please.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:1 - It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of [fn]overseer, it is a fine work he desires G1937 to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 6:11 - And we desire G1937 that each one of you show the same diligence [fn]so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 4:2 - You lust G1937 and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 1:12 - It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long G1937 to [fn]look.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 9:6 - And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long G1937 to die, and death flees from them.
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