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Lexicon :: Strong's G3444 - morphē

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morphē (Key)
Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Perhaps from the base of μέρος (G3313) (through the idea of adjustment of parts)
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 4:742,607

Trench's Synonyms: lxx. μορφή, σχῆμα, ἰδέα.

Strong’s Definitions

μορφή morphḗ, mor-fay'; perhaps from the base of G3313 (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; figuratively, nature:—form.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x

The KJV translates Strong's G3444 in the following manner: form (3x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x
The KJV translates Strong's G3444 in the following manner: form (3x).
  1. the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision

  2. external appearance

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
μορφή morphḗ, mor-fay'; perhaps from the base of G3313 (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; figuratively, nature:—form.
μορφή, μορφῆς, (from root signifying 'to lay hold of', 'seize' (cf. German Fassung); Fick, Part i., p. 174; Vanicek, p. 719), from Homer down, the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision; the external appearance: children are said to reflect ψυχῆς τέ καί μορφῆς ὁμοιότητα (of their parents), 4 Macc. 15:3 (4); ἐφανερώθη ἐν ἑτέρα μορφή, Mark 16:12; ἐν μορφή Θεοῦ ὑπάρχων, Philippians 2:6; μορφήν δούλου λαβών, Philippians 2:7; — this whole passage (as I have shown more fully in the Zeitschr. f. wissensch. Theol. for 1873, pp. 33ff, with which compare the different view given by Holsten in the Jahrbb. f. protest. Theol. for 1875, p. 449ff) is to be explained as follows: who, although (formerly when he was λόγος ἄσαρκος) "he bore the form (in which he appeared to the inhabitants of heaven) of God (the sovereign, opposed to μορφή δούλου), yet did not think that this equality with God was to be eagerly clung to or retained (see ἁρπαγμός, 2), but emptied himself of it (see κενόω, 1 BLB DISCLAIMER) so as to assume the form of a servant, in that he became like unto men (for angels also are δοῦλοι τοῦ Θεοῦ, Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:8f) and was found in fashion as a man". (God μένει ἀεί ἁπλῶς ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ μορφή, Plato, de rep. 2, p. 381 c., and it is denied that God φαντάζεσθαι ἄλλοτε ἐν ἀλλαις ἰδέαις... καί ἀλλαττοντα τό αὐτοῦ εἶδος εἰς πολλάς μορφας... καί τῆς ἑαυτοῦ ἰδεας ἐκβαίνειν, p. 380 d.; ἡκιστ' ἄν πολλάς μορφας ἰσχοι Θεός, p. 381 b.; ἑνός σώματος οὐσίαν μετασχηματίζειν καί μεταχαράττειν εἰς πολυτροπους μορφας, Philo leg. ad Gaium § 11; οὐ γάρ ὥσπερ τό νόμισμα παρακομμα καί Θεοῦ μορφή γίνεται, ibid. § 14 at the end; God ἔργοις μέν καί χαρισιν ἐνεργής καί παντός ὁυτινοσουν φανερωτερος, μορφήν δέ καί μέγεθος ἡμῖν ἀφανεστατος, Josephus, contra Apion 2, 22, 2.)
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BLB Disclaimer

Thayer’s Lexical entry for κενόω stating that Christ "laid aside equality with or the form of God" is confusing and erroneous if understood as the removal of Christ’s divine nature. Such interpretation is not supported here nor elsewhere in Scripture. The text does not state that Christ "emptied himself" of anything, but rather that he "emptied Himself" by taking the form of a human and a servant to the point of death, for our good and for our salvation. Beginning in Philippians 2:5, Paul sets forth Christ as the consummate example of the very kind of selflessness to which he exhorts believers in 2:3–4, and which he himself exemplifies in 2:17.

BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

2:6; 2:7; 2:5; 2:2-3; 2:17
19:10; 22:8

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G3444 matches the Greek μορφή (morphē),
which occurs 8 times in 8 verses in the LXX Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 8:18 - καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς Ζεβεε καὶ Σαλμανα ποῦ οἱ ἄνδρες οὓς ἀπεκτείνατε ἐν Θαβωρ καὶ εἶπαν ὡσεὶ σύ ὅμοιος σοί ὅμοιος αὐτῶν ὡς εἶδος μορφὴ G3444 υἱῶν βασιλέων
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:16 - ἀνέστην καὶ οὐκ ἐπέγνων εἶδον καὶ οὐκ ἦν μορφὴ G3444 πρὸ ὀφθαλμῶν μου ἀλλ᾽ αὔραν καὶ φωνὴν ἤκουον
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 44:13 - τέκτων ξύλον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέτρῳ καὶ ἐν κόλλῃ ἐρρύθμισεν αὐτό ἐποίησεν αὐτὸ ὡς μορφὴν G3444 ἀνδρὸς καὶ ὡς ὡραιότητα ἀνθρώπου στῆσαι αὐτὸ ἐν οἴκῳ
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 4:36 - αὐτῷ τῷ καιρῷ αἱ φρένες μου ἐπεστράφησαν ἐπ᾽ ἐμέ καὶ εἰς τὴν τιμὴν τῆς βασιλείας μου ἦλθον καὶ μορφή G3444 μου ἐπέστρεψεν ἐπ᾽ ἐμέ καὶ οἱ τύραννοί μου καὶ οἱ μεγιστᾶνές μου ἐζήτουν με καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν βασιλείαν μου ἐκραταιώθην καὶ μεγαλωσύνη περισσοτέρα προσετέθη μοι
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 5:6 - τότε τοῦ βασιλέως μορφὴ G3444 ἠλλοιώθη καὶ οἱ διαλογισμοὶ αὐτοῦ συνετάρασσον αὐτόν καὶ οἱ σύνδεσμοι τῆς ὀσφύος αὐτοῦ διελύοντο καὶ τὰ γόνατα αὐτοῦ συνεκροτοῦντο
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 5:9 - καὶ βασιλεὺς Βαλτασαρ πολὺ ἐταράχθη καὶ μορφὴ G3444 αὐτοῦ ἠλλοιώθη ἐπ᾽ αὐτῷ καὶ οἱ μεγιστᾶνες αὐτοῦ συνεταράσσοντο
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 5:10 - καὶ εἰσῆλθεν βασίλισσα εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πότου καὶ εἶπεν βασιλεῦ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας ζῆθι μὴ ταρασσέτωσάν σε οἱ διαλογισμοί σου καὶ μορφή G3444 σου μὴ ἀλλοιούσθω
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:28 - ἕως ὧδε τὸ πέρας τοῦ λόγου ἐγὼ Δανιηλ ἐπὶ πολὺ οἱ διαλογισμοί μου συνετάρασσόν με καὶ μορφή G3444 μου ἠλλοιώθη ἐπ᾽ ἐμοί καὶ τὸ ῥῆμα ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ μου συνετήρησα
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