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Lexicon :: Strong's G5083 - tēreō

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tēreō (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
From teros (a watch, perhaps akin to θεωρέω (G2334))
70x in 40 unique form(s)
75x in 40 unique form(s)
25x in 17 unique form(s)
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 8:140,1174

Strong’s Definitions

τηρέω tēréō, tay-reh'-o; from τερός terós (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried):—hold fast, keep(- er), (pre-, re-)serve, watch.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 75x

The KJV translates Strong's G5083 in the following manner: keep (57x), reserve (8x), observe (4x), watch (2x), preserve (2x), keeper (1x), hold fast (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 75x
The KJV translates Strong's G5083 in the following manner: keep (57x), reserve (8x), observe (4x), watch (2x), preserve (2x), keeper (1x), hold fast (1x).
  1. to attend to carefully, take care of

    1. to guard

    2. metaph. to keep, one in the state in which he is

    3. to observe

    4. to reserve: to undergo something

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
τηρέω tēréō, tay-reh'-o; from τερός terós (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried):—hold fast, keep(- er), (pre-, re-)serve, watch.
τηρέω, τηρῶ; imperfect ἐτήρουν; future τηρήσω; 1 aorist ἐτήρησα; perfect τετήρηκα, 3 person plural τετηρήκασιν (John 17:6 R G) and τετήρηκαν (ibid. L T Tr WH (see γίνομαι, at the beginning)); passive, present τηροῦμαι; imperfect ἐτηρουμην; perfect τετήρημαι; 1 aorist ἐτηρήθην; (τηρός, found only once, Aeschylus suppl. 248, where it is doubtful whether it means 'guarding' or 'watching'), from Pindar, Sophocles, Thucydides down; the Sept. several times for שָׁמַר, נָצַר, etc.; to attend to carefully, take care of; i. e.
a. properly, to guard: τινα, a prisoner, Matthew 27:36, 54; Acts 16:23; passive, Acts 12:5; (Acts 24:23); Acts 25:4, 21 (b); τί, Acts 12:6; οἱ τηροῦντες ((R. V.) the watchers) the guards, Matthew 28:4 (Song of Solomon 3:3).
b. metaphorically, to keep: τινα, one in that state in which he is, τήν ἑαυτοῦ παρθένον, his own virgin daughter, namely, as a virgin i. e. unmarried, 1 Corinthians 7:37; ἑαυτόν, himself such as he is, i. e. begotten of God, 1 John 5:18 (but here T Tr WH αὐτόν); with a predicate accusative added: ἁγνόν, 1 Timothy 5:22; ἄσπιλον ἀπό τοῦ κόσμου, James 1:27; ἀβαρῆ τίνι, 2 Corinthians 11:9 (ἁπλουν, Antoninus 6, 30; τινα ἄμεμπτον τῷ Θεῷ, Wis. 10:5); τί with a predicate accusative 1 Timothy 6:14 (but see in c. below); passive, τηροῦμαι, with an adverb, ἀμέμπτως, 1 Thessalonians 5:23; with a dative of the person, Χριστῷ, devoted to Christ (Winer's Grammar, 421 (392)), Jude 1:1; τηρεῖν τινα ἐν τίνι: to keep in i. e. cause one to persevere or stand firm in a thing: ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι Θεοῦ (see p. 447b bottom), John 17:11f; ἐν ἀγάπη Θεοῦ, Jude 1:21; τινα ἐκ τίνος, by guarding to cause one to escape in safety out of etc.: ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ, out of the power and assaults of Satan, John 17:15 (cf. Buttmann, 327 (281); Winer's Grammar, 410 (383)); ἐκ τῆς ὥρας τοῦ πειρασμοῦ, Revelation 3:10. to keep: i. e. not to leave, τήν ἀρχήν, Jude 1:6; not to throw away, τά ἱμάτια, Revelation 16:15. to hold firmly: τήν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος, Ephesians 4:3; anything as a mental deposit, τήν πίστιν, 2 Timothy 4:7; Revelation 14:12 (cf. Winers Grammar, 536 (499); Buttmann, 78 (68)). to show oneself to be actually holding a thing fast, i. e.
c. to observe: namely, πῶς κτλ., Revelation 3:3; τί Matthew 23:3; Acts 21:25 (Rec.); τήν παράδοσιν, Mark 7:9 (WH (rejected) marginal reading στήσητε) (τά ἐκ παραδοσεως τῶν πατέρων, Josephus, Antiquities 13, 10, 6); τόν νόμον, Acts 15:5 and Rec. in Acts 15:24; James 2:10; τό σάββατον, the command respecting sabbath-keeping, John 9:16; τάς ἐντολάς (of either God or Christ), Matthew 19:17; John 14:15, 21; John 15:10; 1 John 2:3; 1 John 3:22, 24; 1 John 5:2 (where L T Tr WH ποιῶμεν); 1 John 5:3; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12 (see above, b. at the end); τήν ἐντολήν, 1 Timothy 6:14 (see in b. above; πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην, Matthew 28:20); τόν λόγον, either of Christ or of God, John 8:51f, 55; John 14:23; John 15:20; John 17:6; 1 John 2:5; Revelation 3:8; τούς λόγους, of Christ, John 14:24; τόν λόγον τῆς ὑπομονῆς μου (i. e. Ἰησοῦ), Revelation 3:10; τά ἔργα μου, the works that I command, Revelation 2:26; τούς λόγους τῆς προφητείας, Revelation 22:7; τοῦ βιβλίου τούτου, Revelation 22:9; τά ἐν τῇ προφητεία γεγραμμένα, Revelation 1:3; cf. Lipsius, Paulin. Rechtfertigungsl., p. 194f,
d. to reserve: τινα εἰς τί, to undergo something, 2 Peter 2:4 (cf. Winer's Grammar, 342 (321); εἰς τήν τοῦ Σεβαστοῦ διάγνωσιν, Acts 25:21a); Jude 1:6; τινα εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως, 2 Peter 2:9; τούς οὐρανούς πυρί; (to be burned with fire) εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως, 2 Peter 3:7; τί εἰς τινα, a thing for one's advantage, 1 Peter 1:4; τί εἰς ἡμέραν τινα, to be used some day for some purpose, John 12:7; τί ἕως ἄρτι, John 2:10; τί with the dative of the person, for rewarding or punishing one, passive, 2 Peter 2:17; Jude 1:13. (Compare: διατηρέω, παρατηρέω, συντηρέω.)
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

Song of Songs
19:17; 23:3; 27:36; 27:54; 28:4; 28:20
2:10; 8:51; 8:55; 9:16; 12:7; 14:15; 14:21; 14:23; 14:24; 15:10; 15:20; 17:6; 17:6; 17:11; 17:15
12:5; 12:6; 15:5; 15:24; 16:23; 21:25; 24:23; 25:4; 25:21; 25:21
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
1 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
5:22; 6:14; 6:14
2 Timothy
1:27; 2:10
1 Peter
2 Peter
2:4; 2:9; 2:17; 3:7
1 John
2:3; 2:5; 3:22; 3:24; 5:2; 5:3; 5:18
1:1; 1:6; 1:6; 1:13; 1:21
1:3; 2:26; 3:3; 3:8; 3:10; 3:10; 12:17; 14:12; 14:12; 16:15; 22:7; 22:9

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G5083 matches the Greek τηρέω (tēreō),
which occurs 75 times in 68 verses in the TR Greek.

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 19:17–1Jo 3:22)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:17 - And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you want to enter life, keep G5083 the commandments.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:3 - Therefore, whatever they tell you, do and [fn]comply G5083 with G5083 it all, but do not do [fn]as they do; for they say things and do not do them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:36 - And sitting down, they began to keep G5083 watch G5083 over G5083 Him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:54 - Now as for the centurion and those who were with him keeping G5083 guard G5083 over G5083 Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the other things that were happening, they became extremely frightened and said, “Truly this was [fn]the Son of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 28:4 - The guards G5083 shook from fear of him and became like dead men.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 28:20 - teaching them to [fn]follow G5083 all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you [fn]always, to the end of the age.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:9 - He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep G5083 your tradition.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 2:10 - and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the guests are drunk, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept G5083 the good wine until now.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:51 - “Truly, truly I say to you, if anyone follows G5083 My word, he will never see death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:52 - The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets as well; and yet You say, ‘If anyone follows G5083 My word, he will never taste of death.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:55 - and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you; but I do know Him, and I follow G5083 His word.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 9:16 - Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep G5083 the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such [fn]signs?” And there was dissension among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 12:7 - Therefore Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep G5083 it [fn]for the day of My burial.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:15 - “If you love Me, you will keep G5083 My commandments.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:21 - “The one who has My commandments and keeps G5083 them is the one who loves Me; and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:23 - Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will follow G5083 My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 14:24 - “The one who does not love Me does not follow G5083 My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:10 - “If you keep G5083 My commandments, you will remain in My love; just as I have kept G5083 My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:20 - “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they followed G5083 My word, they will follow G5083 yours also.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 17:6 - “I have revealed Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have followed G5083 Your word.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 17:11 - “I am no longer going to be in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep G5083 them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 17:12 - “While I was with them, I was keeping G5083 them in Your name, which You have given Me; and I guarded them, and not one of them perished except the [fn]son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 17:15 - “I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep G5083 them away from [fn]the evil one.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:5 - So Peter was kept G5083 in the prison, but prayer for him was being made to God [fn]intensely by the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:6 - On [fn]the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching G5083 over G5083 the prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:5 - But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise [fn]them and to direct them to keep G5083 the Law of Moses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:24 -

Since we have heard that some [fn]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have confused you by their [fn]teaching, upsetting your souls,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:23 - When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard G5083 them securely;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:25 - “But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we sent a letter, having decided that they should abstain from [fn]meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and what is [fn]strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 24:23 - He gave orders to the centurion for [fn]Paul to be kept G5083 in G5083 custody G5083 and yet have some freedom, and not to prevent any of his friends from providing for his needs.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:4 - Festus then answered that Paul was being kept G5083 in G5083 custody G5083 in Caesarea, and that he himself was about to leave shortly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:21 - “But when Paul appealed to be held G5083 in G5083 custody G5083 for [fn]the Emperor’s decision, I ordered that he be kept G5083 in G5083 custody G5083 until I send him to Caesar.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:37 - But the one who stands firm in his heart, [fn]if he is not under constraint, but has authority [fn]over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep G5083 his own virgin, he will do well.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:9 - and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brothers came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept G5083 myself from being a burden to you, [fn]and will continue G5083 to do so.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 4:3 - being diligent to keep G5083 the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:23 - Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept G5083 complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 5:22 - Do not lay hands upon anyone too quickly and [fn]thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep G5083 yourself [fn]free from sin.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 6:14 - that you keep G5083 the commandment without [fn]fault or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept G5083 the faith;
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 1:27 - Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep G5083 oneself unstained [fn]by the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:10 - For whoever keeps G5083 the whole Law, yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 1:4 - to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved G5083 in heaven for you,
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 2:4 - For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into [fn]hell and committed them to [fn]pits of darkness, held G5083 for judgment;
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 2:9 - then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from [fn]a trial, and to keep G5083 the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 2:17 - These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the [fn]black darkness has been reserved G5083.
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 3:7 - But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept G5083 for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:3 - By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep G5083 His commandments.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:4 - The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep G5083 His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:5 - but whoever follows G5083 His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:22 - and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep G5083 His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

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