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Lexicon :: Strong's G686 - ara

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ara (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
Probably from αἴρω (G142) (through the idea of drawing a conclusion)
49x in 1 unique form(s)
38x in 4 unique form(s)
35x in 2 unique form(s)
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Strong’s Definitions

ἄρα ára, ar'-ah; probably from G142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows):—haply, (what) manner (of man), no doubt, perhaps, so be, then, therefore, truly, wherefore. Often used in connection with other particles, especially G1065 or G3767 (after) or G1487 (before). Compare also G687.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x

The KJV translates Strong's G686 in the following manner: therefore (with G3767) (7x), so then (with G3767) (4x), now therefore (with G3767) (1x), then (with G1065) (2x), wherefore (with G1065) (1x), haply (with G1065) (1x), not translated (7x), miscellaneous (7x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 51x
The KJV translates Strong's G686 in the following manner: therefore (with G3767) (7x), so then (with G3767) (4x), now therefore (with G3767) (1x), then (with G1065) (2x), wherefore (with G1065) (1x), haply (with G1065) (1x), not translated (7x), miscellaneous (7x).
  1. therefore, so then, wherefore

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἄρα ára, ar'-ah; probably from G142 (through the idea of drawing a conclusion); a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive (as follows):—haply, (what) manner (of man), no doubt, perhaps, so be, then, therefore, truly, wherefore. Often used in connection with other particles, especially G1065 or G3767 (after) or G1487 (before). Compare also G687.
STRONGS NT 686: ἄρα
ἄρα, an illative particle (akin, as it seems, to the verbal root ΑΡΩ to join, to be fitted [cf. Curtius, § 488; Vanicek, p. 47]), whose use among native Greeks is illustrated fully by Kühner, ii., §§ 509, 545; [Jelf, §§ 787-789], and Klotz ad Devar. ii., pp. 160-180, among others; [for a statement of diverse views see Bäumlein, Griech. Partikeln, p. 19f]. It intimates that, "under these circumstances something either is so or becomes so" (Klotz, the passage cited, p. 167): Latin igitur, consequently, [differing from οὖν in 'denoting a subjective impression rather than a positive conclusion.' Liddell and Scott (see 5 below)]. In the N. T. it is used frequently by Paul, but in the writings of John and in the so-called Catholic Epistles it does not occur. On its use in the N. T. cf. Winer's Grammar, §§ 53, 8 a. and 61, 6. It is found:
1. subjoined to another word: Romans 7:21; Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:7; ἐπεὶ ἄρα since, if it were otherwise, 1 Corinthians 7:14; [1 Corinthians 5:10, cf. Buttmann, § 149, 5]. When placed after pronouns and interrogative particles, it refers to a preceding assertion or fact, or even to something existing only in the mind: τίς ἄρα who then? Matthew 18:1 (i. e. one certainly will be the greater, who then?); Matthew 19:25 (i. e. certainly some will be saved; you say that the rich will not; who then?); Matthew 19:27; Matthew 24:45 (I bid you be ready; who then etc.? the question follows from this command of mine); Mark 4:41; Luke 1:66 (from all these things doubtless something follows; what, then?); Luke 8:25; Luke 12:42; Luke 22:23 (it will be one of us, which then?); Acts 12:18 (Peter has disappeared; what, then, has become of him?). εἰ ἄρα, Mark 11:13 (whether, since the tree had leaves, he might also find some fruit on it); Acts 7:1 [Rec.] (ἄρα equivalent to 'since the witnesses testify thus'); Acts 8:22 (if, since thy sin is so grievous, perhaps the thought etc.); εἴπερ ἄρα, 1 Corinthians 15:15, (אִם־נָא, εἰ ἄρα, Genesis 18:3). οὐκ ἄρα, Acts 21:38 (thou hast a knowledge of Greek; art thou not then the Egyptian, as I suspected?); μήτι ἄρα (Latin num igitur), did I then etc., 2 Corinthians 1:17.
2. By a use doubtful in Greek writings (cf. Buttmann, 371 (318); [Winers Grammar, 558 (519)]) it is placed at the beginning of a sentence; and so, so then, accordingly, equivalent to ὥστε with a finite verb: ἄρα μαρτυρεῖτε [μάρτυρές ἐστε T Tr WH], Luke 11:48 (Matthew 23:31 ὥστε μαρτυρεῖτε); Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:18; 2 Corinthians 5:14 (2 Corinthians 5:15) (in L T Tr WH no conditional protasis preceding); 2 Corinthians 7:12; Galatians 4:31 (L T Tr WH διό); Hebrews 4:9.
3. in an apodosis, after a protasis with εἰ, in order to bring out what follows as a matter of course (German so ist ja the obvious inference is): Luke 11:20; Matthew 12:28; 2 Corinthians 5:14 (2 Corinthians 5:15) (R G, a protasis with εἰ preceding); Galatians 2:21; Galatians 3:29; Galatians 5:11; Hebrews 12:8; joined to another word, 1 Corinthians 15:14.
4. with γέ, rendering it more pointed, ἄραγε [L Tr uniformly ἄρα γε; so R WH in Acts 17:27; cf. Winers Grammar, p. 45; Lipsius Gram. Untersuch., p. 123], surely then, so then (Latin itaque ergo): Matthew 7:20; Matthew 17:26; Acts 11:18 (L T Tr WH omit γέ); and subjoined to a word, Acts 17:27 [Winer's Grammar, 299 (281)].
5. ἄρα οὖν, a combination peculiar to Paul, at the beginning of a sentence (Winers Grammar, 445 (414); Buttmann, 371 (318) ["ἄρα ad internam potius caussam spectat, οὖν magis ad externam." Klotz ad Devar. ii., p. 717; ἄρα is the more logical, οὖν the more formal connective; "ἄρα is illative, οὖν continuative," Winers, the passage cited; cf. also Kühner, § 545, 3]) [R. V.] so then (Latin hinc igitur): Romans 5:18; Romans 7:3, 25; Romans 8:12; Romans 9:16, 18; Romans 14:12 (L Tr omit WH brackets οὖν); Romans 14:19 [L marginal reading ἆρα]; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:15.

Related entry:
See STRONGS NT 686: ἄραγε
[ἄραγε, see ἄρα 4.]
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

7:20; 12:28; 17:26; 18:1; 19:25; 19:27; 23:31; 24:45
4:41; 11:13
1:66; 8:25; 11:20; 11:48; 12:42; 22:23
7:1; 8:22; 11:18; 12:18; 17:27; 17:27; 21:38
5:18; 7:3; 7:21; 7:25; 8:1; 8:12; 9:16; 9:18; 10:17; 14:12; 14:19
1 Corinthians
5:10; 7:14; 15:14; 15:15; 15:18
2 Corinthians
1:17; 5:14; 5:14; 5:15; 5:15; 7:12
2:21; 3:7; 3:29; 4:31; 5:11; 6:10
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
4:9; 12:8

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G686 matches the Greek ἄρα (ara),
which occurs 49 times in 49 verses in the MGNT Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:20 - “So then, G686 you will [fn]know them by their fruits.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:28 - “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then G686 the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 17:26 - When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then G686 the sons are [fn]exempt.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 18:1 - At that [fn]time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then G686 is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:25 - When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then G686 who can be saved?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:27 - Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then G686 will there be for us?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:45 - “Who then G686 is the faithful and sensible slave whom his [fn]master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:41 - They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then G686 is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 11:13 - Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps G686 He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:66 - All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then G686 will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 8:25 - And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then G686 is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:20 - “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then G686 the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:48 - “So G686 you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:42 - And the Lord said, “Who then G686 is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his [fn]servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 22:23 - And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:22 - “Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, G686 the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:18 - When they heard this, they [fn]quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well G686 then, G686 God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:18 - Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to [fn]what could have become of Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:27 - that they would seek God, if perhaps G686 they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 21:38 - “Then G686 you are not the Egyptian who some [fn]time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 5:18 - So G686 then G686 as through one transgression [fn]there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness [fn]there resulted justification of life to all men.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:3 - So G686 then, G686 if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:21 - I find then G686 the [fn]principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 7:25 - Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So G686 then, G686 on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:1 - Therefore G686 there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:12 - So G686 then, G686 brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:16 - So G686 then G686 it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:18 - So G686 then G686 He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 10:17 - So G686 faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word [fn]of Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:12 - So G686 then G686 each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:19 - So G686 then G686 [fn]we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 5:10 - I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then G686 you would have to go out of the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 7:14 - For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through [fn]her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:14 - and if Christ has not been raised, then G686 our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:15 - Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified [fn]against God that He raised [fn]Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact G686 the dead are not raised.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:18 - Then G686 those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 1:17 - Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:14 - For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore G686 all died;
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 7:12 - So G686 although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 2:21 - “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through [fn]the Law, then G686 Christ died needlessly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:7 - Therefore, G686 [fn]be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 3:29 - And if you [fn]belong to Christ, then G686 you are Abraham’s [fn]descendants, heirs according to promise.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 5:11 - But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then G686 the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 6:10 - So G686 then, G686 [fn]while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 2:19 - So G686 then G686 you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [fn]saints, and are of God’s household,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:6 - so G686 then G686 let us not sleep as [fn]others do, but let us be alert and [fn]sober.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:15 - So G686 then, G686 brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter [fn]from us.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:9 - So G686 there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 12:8 - But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then G686 you are illegitimate children and not sons.

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