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Lexicon :: Strong's G4687 - speirō

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speirō (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably strengthened from σπάω (G4685) (through the idea of extending)
53x in 22 unique form(s)
53x in 20 unique form(s)
55x in 25 unique form(s)
Dictionary Aids

Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 7:536,1065

Strong’s Definitions

σπείρω speírō, spi'-ro; probably strengthened from G4685 (through the idea of extending); to scatter, i.e. sow (literally or figuratively):—sow(- er), receive seed.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 54x

The KJV translates Strong's G4687 in the following manner: sow (43x), sower (6x), receive seed (4x), variations of 'sow' (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 54x
The KJV translates Strong's G4687 in the following manner: sow (43x), sower (6x), receive seed (4x), variations of 'sow' (1x).
  1. to sow, scatter, seed

  2. metaph. of proverbial sayings

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
σπείρω speírō, spi'-ro; probably strengthened from G4685 (through the idea of extending); to scatter, i.e. sow (literally or figuratively):—sow(- er), receive seed.
σπείρω; (imperfect 2 person singular ἐσπειρες, Matthew 13:27 Tr); 1 aorist ἔσπειρα; passive, present σπείρομαι; perfect passive participle ἐσπαρμενος; 2 aorist ἐσπάρην; (derived from the quick, jerky, motion of the hand; cf. our spurn (of the foot); Curtius, § 389); from Hesiod down; the Sept. for זָרַע; to sow, scatter seed;
a. properly: absolutely, Matthew 6:26; Matthew 13:3f, 18; Mark 4:3f, 14; Luke 8:5; Luke 12:24; (John 5:36f (see in b.)); 2 Corinthians 9:10; with an accusative of the thing, as σπέρμα ζιζάνια, κόκκον (cf. Buttmann, § 131, 5): Matthew 13:24f (but in 25 L T Tr WH have ἐπέσπειρεν), 27,37,39; Mark 4:32: Luke 8:5; 1 Corinthians 15:36f; with specifications of place: εἰς τάς ἀκάνθας, Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:18; ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ, Matthew 13:24 (31); ἐπί τῆς γῆς. Mark 4:31; ἐπί with an accusative of place, Matthew 13:20, 23; Mark 4:16, 20; παρά τήν ὁδόν, Matthew 13:19.
b. in proverbial sayings: absolutely, Matthew 25:24, 26; Luke 19:21; John 4:37; 2 Corinthians 9:6; τί, Galatians 6:7 (on these sayings see θερίζω, b.). in comparisons: σπρίειν εἰς τήν σάρκα, εἰς τό πνεῦμα (σάρξ and πνεῦμα are likened to fields to be sown), to do those things which satisfy the nature and promptings of the σάρξ or of the πνεῦμα, Galatians 6:8; τόν λόγον, to scatter the seeds of instruction, i. e. to impart instruction, Mark 4:14f; λόγος, ἐσπαρμενος ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις αὐτῶν, the ideas and precepts that have been implanted like seed in their hearts, i. e. received in their hearts, Mark 14:15 (here Tr text WH εἰς αὐτούς into their hearts T L marginal reading ἐν αὐτοῖς); οὗτος ἐστιν παρά τήν ὁδόν σπαρείς, this one experiences the fate of the seed sown by the wayside, Matthew 13:19; add, 20-23; Mark 4:16, 18, 20. τό σῶμα, the body, which after death is committed like seed to the earth, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; καρπόν δικαιοσύνης, i. e. that seed which produces καρπόν δικαιοσύνης (see καρπός, 2 b.), James 3:18; σπείρειν τίνι τί, to give, manifest, something to one, from whom we may subsequently receive something else akin to a harvest (θερίζομεν), 1 Corinthians 9:11. (Compare: διασπείρω, ἐπισπείρω.)
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

6:26; 13:3; 13:18; 13:19; 13:19; 13:20; 13:20-23; 13:22; 13:23; 13:24; 13:24; 13:27; 25:24; 25:26
4:3; 4:14; 4:14; 4:16; 4:16; 4:18; 4:18; 4:20; 4:20; 4:31; 4:32; 14:15
8:5; 8:5; 12:24; 19:21
4:37; 5:36
1 Corinthians
9:11; 15:36; 15:42; 15:43; 15:44
2 Corinthians
9:6; 9:10
6:7; 6:8

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G4687 matches the Greek σπείρω (speirō),
which occurs 53 times in 42 verses in the MGNT Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:26 - “Look at the birds of the [fn]air, that they do not sow G4687, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:3 -

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower G4687 went out to sow G4687;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - and as he sowed G4687, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:18 -

“Hear then the parable of the sower G4687.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:19 - “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown G4687 in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown G4687 beside the road.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:20 - “And the one on whom seed was sown G4687 on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:22 - “And the one on whom seed was sown G4687 among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, and the worry of the [fn]world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - “And the one on whom seed was sown G4687 on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:24 -

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven [fn]may be compared to a man who sowed G4687 good seed in his field.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:25 - “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [fn]tares among the wheat, and went away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:27 - “The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow G4687 good seed in your field? [fn]How then does it have tares?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:31 -

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed G4687 in his field;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:37 - And He answered and said, “The one who sows G4687 the good seed is the Son of Man,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:39 - and the enemy who sowed G4687 them is the devil, and the harvest is the [fn]end of the age; and the reapers are angels.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:24 -

“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow G4687 and gathering where you scattered no seed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:26 -

“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow G4687 and gather where I scattered no seed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:3 - “Listen to this! Behold, the sower G4687 went out to sow G4687;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:4 - and it happened that as he was sowing G4687, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:14 - “The sower G4687 sows G4687 the word.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:15 - “And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown G4687: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown G4687 in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:16 - “And in a similar way, these are the ones being sown G4687 on the rocky places: those who, when hearing the word, immediately receive it with joy;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:18 - “And others are those being sown G4687 among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:20 - “And those are the ones which were sown G4687 on the good soil: they who hear the word and accept it and are bearing fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:31 - It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown G4687 upon the soil, though it is [fn]smallest of all the seeds that are upon the soil,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:32 - yet when it is sown G4687, it grows up and becomes [fn]largest of all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE [fn]AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 8:5 - “The sower G4687 went out to sow G4687 his seed. And as he sowed G4687, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the [fn]air ate it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:24 - “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow G4687 nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 19:21 - for I was afraid of you, because you are a strict man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow G4687.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 19:22 - “He *said to him, ‘From your own mouth I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am a strict man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow G4687?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:36 - “Even now he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows G4687 and he who reaps may rejoice together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:37 - “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows G4687 and another reaps.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 9:11 - If we sowed G4687 spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:36 - You fool! That which you sow G4687 does not come to life unless it dies;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:37 - and that which you sow G4687, you do not sow G4687 the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of [fn]something else.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:42 -

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown G4687 [fn]a corruptible body, it is raised [fn]an incorruptible body;

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:43 - it is sown G4687 in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown G4687 in weakness, it is raised in power;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:44 - it is sown G4687 a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:6 -

Now this I say, he who sows G4687 sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows G4687 with blessing will also reap with blessing.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 9:10 -

Now He who supplies SEED TO THE SOWER G4687 AND BREAD FOR FOOD will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

Unchecked Copy BoxGal 6:7 - Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows G4687, this he will also reap.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 6:8 - For the one who sows G4687 to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows G4687 to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:18 - And the fruit of righteousness is sown G4687 in peace [fn]by those who make peace.
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