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Lexicon :: Strong's G3784 - opheilō

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opheilō (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Or (in certain tenses) its prolonged form opheileo {of-i-leh'-o}; probably from the base of ὄφελος (G3786) (through the idea of accruing)
Dictionary Aids

Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 5:559,746

Trench's Synonyms: cvii. Additional Synonyms

Strong’s Definitions

ὀφείλω opheílō, of-i'-lo; probably from the base of G3786 (through the idea of accruing); to owe (pecuniarily); figuratively, to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally, to fail in duty:—behove, be bound, (be) debt(-or), (be) due(-ty), be guilty (indebted), (must) need(-s), ought, owe, should. See also G3785.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x

The KJV translates Strong's G3784 in the following manner: ought (15x), owe (7x), be bound (2x), be (one's) duty (2x), be a debtor (1x), be guilty (1x), be indebted (1x), miscellaneous (7x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 36x
The KJV translates Strong's G3784 in the following manner: ought (15x), owe (7x), be bound (2x), be (one's) duty (2x), be a debtor (1x), be guilty (1x), be indebted (1x), miscellaneous (7x).
  1. to owe

    1. to owe money, be in debt for

      1. that which is due, the debt

  2. metaph. the goodwill due

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ὀφείλω opheílō, of-i'-lo; probably from the base of G3786 (through the idea of accruing); to owe (pecuniarily); figuratively, to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally, to fail in duty:—behove, be bound, (be) debt(-or), (be) due(-ty), be guilty (indebted), (must) need(-s), ought, owe, should. See also G3785.
ὀφείλω; imperfect ὤφειλον; present passive participle ὀφειλόμενος; from Homer down; to owe;
a. properly, to owe money, be in debt for: τίνι τί, Matthew 18:28; Luke 16:5; without a dative, Matthew 18:28; Luke 7:41; Luke 16:7; Philemon 1:18; τό ὀφειλόμενον, that which is due, the debt, Matthew 18:30; αὐτῷ (which L Tr WH omit), that due to him, Matthew 18:34.
b. metaphorically: τί, passive τήν εὔνοιαν ὀφειλομένην, the good-will due (A. V. (not R. V.) due benevolence), 1 Corinthians 7:3 Rec.; μηδενί μηδέν ὀφείλετε (here ὀφείλετε, on account of what precedes and what follows, must be taken in its broadest sense, both literal and tropical), εἰ μή τό ἀλλήλους ἀγαπᾶν, owe no one anything except to love one another, because we must never cease loving and the debt of love can never be paid, Romans 13:8. absolutely, to be a debtor, be bound: Matthew 23:16, 18; followed by an infinitive to be under obligation, bound by duty or necessity, to do something; it behooves one; one ought; used thus of a necessity imposed either by law and duty, or by reason, or by the times, or by the nature of the matter under consideration (according to Westcott (Epistles of John, p. 5), Cremer, others, denoting obligation in its special and personal aspects): Luke 17:10; John 13:14; John 19:7 (ὀφείλει ἀποθανεῖν, he ought to die); Acts 17:29; Romans 15:1, 27; 1 Corinthians 5:10; (1 Corinthians 7:36 (A. V. need so requireth)); 1 Corinthians 9:10; 11:7,10; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Ephesians 5:28; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:3, 12; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:11; 3 John 1:8; ὤφειλον συνίστασθαι, I ought to have been commended, i. e. I can demand commendation, 2 Corinthians 12:11.
c. after the Chaldee (see ὀφειλέτης, b., ὀφείλημα, b.), ὀφείλω τίνι, to have wronged one and not yet made amends to him (A. V. indebted), Luke 11:4. (Compare: προσοφείλω.)
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

18:28; 18:28; 18:30; 18:34; 23:16; 23:18
7:41; 11:4; 16:5; 16:7; 17:10
13:14; 19:7
13:8; 15:1; 15:27
1 Corinthians
5:10; 7:3; 7:36; 9:10; 11:7; 11:10
2 Corinthians
12:11; 12:14
2 Thessalonians
1:3; 2:13
2:17; 5:3; 5:12
1 John
2:6; 3:16; 4:11
3 John

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G3784 matches the Greek ὀφείλω (opheilō),
which occurs 36 times in 35 verses in the TR Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:28 - “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed G3784 him a hundred [fn]denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe G3784!’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:30 - “But he was unwilling, [fn]and went and threw him in prison until he would pay back what was owed G3784.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:34 - “And his master, moved with anger, handed him over to the [fn]torturers until he would repay all that was owed G3784 him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:16 - “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the [fn]temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the [fn]temple is obligated G3784.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:18 - “And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the [fn]offering that is on it is obligated G3784.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 7:41 - “A moneylender had two debtors: the one owed G3784 five hundred [fn]denarii, and the other, fifty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:4 - ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted G3784 to us.
And do not lead us into temptation.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 16:5 - “And he summoned each one of his [fn]master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe G3784 my master?’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 16:7 - “Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe G3784?’ And he said, ‘A hundred [fn]kors of wheat.’ He *said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 17:10 - “So you too, when you do all the things which were commanded you, say, ‘We are [fn]unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought G3784 to have done.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 13:14 - “So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought G3784 to wash one another’s feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 19:7 - The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought G3784 to die, because He made Himself out to be the Son of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:29 - “Therefore, since we are the descendants of God, we ought G3784 not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by human skill and thought.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 13:8 - Owe G3784 nothing to anyone except to love one another; for the one who loves [fn]his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:1 - Now we who are strong ought G3784 to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not just please ourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:27 - For they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted G3784 to do them a service also in material things.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 5:10 - I did not at all mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the greedy and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have G3784 to leave the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:3 - The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise the wife also to her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:36 - But if anyone thinks that he is acting dishonorably toward his virgin, if she is [fn]past her youth and it ought G3784 to be so, let him do what he wishes, he is not sinning; let [fn]them marry.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:10 - Or is He speaking entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because the plowman ought G3784 to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing in the crops.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:7 - For a man should G3784 not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:10 - Therefore the woman should G3784 have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:11 - I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should G3784 have been commended by you, since I was in no respect inferior to the [fn]most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:14 - Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible G3784 to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 5:28 - So husbands also ought G3784 to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 1:3 - We ought G3784 always to give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is only fitting, because your faith is increasing abundantly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another grows ever greater.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:13 - But we should G3784 always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you [fn]from the beginning for salvation [fn]through sanctification [fn]by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:18 - But if he has wronged you in any way or owes G3784 you anything, charge that to my account;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:17 - Therefore, in all things He [fn]had G3784 to be made like His brothers so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make [fn]propitiation for the sins of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 5:3 - and because of it he is obligated G3784 to offer sacrifices for sins for himself, as well as for the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 5:12 - For though [fn]by this time you ought G3784 to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the [fn]elementary principles of the actual words of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:6 - the one who says that he remains in Him ought G3784, himself also, walk just as He walked.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:16 - We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought G3784 to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought G3784 to love one another.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:8 - Therefore we ought G3784 to [fn]support such people, so that we may [fn]prove to be fellow workers [fn]with the truth.
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