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Lexicon :: Strong's G746 - archē

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ἀρχή
Transliteration
archē (Key)
Pronunciation
ar-khay'
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Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 1:479,81

Strong’s Definitions

ἀρχή archḗ, ar-khay'; from G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):—beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.


KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x

The KJV translates Strong's G746 in the following manner: beginning (40x), principality (8x), corner (2x), first (2x), miscellaneous (6x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 58x
The KJV translates Strong's G746 in the following manner: beginning (40x), principality (8x), corner (2x), first (2x), miscellaneous (6x).
  1. beginning, origin

  2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader

  3. that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause

  4. the extremity of a thing

    1. of the corners of a sail

  5. the first place, principality, rule, magistracy

    1. of angels and demons

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἀρχή archḗ, ar-khay'; from G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):—beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.
STRONGS G746:
ἀρχή, -ῆς, , [from Homer down], in the Sept. mostly equivalent to רֹאשׁ, רֵאֹשִׁית, תְּחִלָּה;
1. beginning, origin;
a. used absolutely, of the beginning of all things: ἐν ἀρχῇ, John 1:1f (Genesis 1:1); ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς, Matthew 19:4 (with which cf. Xenophon, mem. 1, 4, 5 ἐξ ἀρχῆς ποιῶν ἀνθρώπους), Matthew 19:8; John 8:44; 1 John 1:1; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 3:8; more fully ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως or κόσμου, Matthew 24:21; Mark 10:6; Mark 13:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (where L [Tr marginal reading WH marginal reading] ἀπαρχήν, which see); 2 Peter 3:4; κατ’ ἀρχάς, Hebrews 1:10 (Psalm 101:26 (Ps. 102:26)).
b. in a relative sense, of the beginning of the thing spoken of: ἐξ ἀρχῆς, from the time when Jesus gathered disciples, John 6:64; John 16:4; ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς, John 15:27 (since I appeared in public); as soon as instruction was imparted, [1 John 2:7], 1 John 2:24; 1 John 3:11; 2 John 1:5f; more fully ἐν ἀρχῇ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, Philippians 4:15 (Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 47, 2 [see note in Gebh. and Harn. at the passage and cf.] Polycarp, ad Philipp. 11, 3); from the beginning of the gospel history, Luke 1:2; from the commencement of life, Acts 26:4; ἐν ἀρχῇ, in the beginning, when the church was founded, Acts 11:15. The accusative ἀρχήν [cf. Winers Grammar, 124 (118); Bp. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:18] and τὴν ἀρχήν in the Greek writings (cf. Lennep ad Phalarid., pp. 82ff and, p. 94ff, Lipsius edition; Brückner in DeWette's Handbook on John, p. 151) is often used adverbially, equivalent to ὅλως altogether, (properly, an accusative of 'direction towards': usque ad initium, [cf. Winers Grammar, 230 (216); Buttmann, 153 (134)]), commonly followed by a negative, but not always [cf. e. g. Dio Cassius fragment 101 (93 Dindorf); 45:34 (Dindorf vol. ii., p. 194); 59:20; 62:4; see, further, Lycurgus, § 125, Mätzner edition]; hence, that extremely difficult passage, John 8:25 τὴν... ὑμῖν, must in my opinion be interpreted as follows: I am altogether or wholly (i. e. in all respects, precisely) that which I even speak to you (I not only am, but also declare to you what I am; therefore you have no need to question me), [cf. Winers Grammar, 464 (432); Buttmann, 253 (218)]. ἀρχὴν λαμβάνειν, to take beginning, to begin, Hebrews 2:3. with the addition of the genitive of the thing spoken of: ὠδίνων, Matthew 24:8; Mark 13:8 (Mark 13:9) [(here R G plural); τῶν σημείων, John 2:11]; ἡμερῶν, Hebrews 7:3; τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, that from which the gospel history took its beginning, Mark 1:1; τῆς ὑποστάσεως, the confidence with which we have made a beginning, opposed to μέχρι τέλους, Hebrews 3:14. τὰ στοιχεῖα τῆς ἀρχῆς, Hebrews 5:12 (τῆς ἀρχῆς is added for greater explicitness, as in Latin rudimenta prima, Livy 1, 3; Justin., hist. 7, 5; and prima elamenta, Horat. sat. 1, 1, 26, etc.); τῆς ἀρχῆς τοῦ Χριστοῦ λόγος equivalent to τοῦ Χριστοῦ λόγος τῆς ἀρχῆς, i. e. the instruction concerning Christ such as it was at the very outset [cf. Winers Grammar, 188 (177); Buttmann, 155 (136)], Hebrews 6:1.
2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader: Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:8 Rec.; Rev 21:6; 22:13; (Deuteronomy 21:17; Job 40:14 (Job 40:19), etc.).
3. that by which anything begins to be, the origin, active cause (a sense in which the philosopher Anaximander, 8th century B.C., is said to have been the first to use the word; cf. Simplicius, on Aristotle, phys. f. 9, p. 326, Brandis edition and 32, p. 334, Brandis edition [cf. Teichmüller, Stud. zur Gesch. d. Begriffe, pp. 48ff 560ff]): ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως, of Christ as the divine λόγος, Revelation 3:14 (cf. Düsterdieck at the passage; Clement of Alexandria, protrept. 1, p. 6, Potter edition [p. 30 edition Sylb.] λόγος ἀρχὴ θεῖα τῶν πάντων; in Evang. Nicod. c. 23 [p. 308, Tdf. edition, p. 736, Thilo edition] the devil is called ἀρχὴ τοῦ θανάτου καὶ ῥίζα τῆς ἁμαρτίας).
4. the extremity of a thing: of the corners of a sail, Acts 10:11; Acts 11:5; (Herodotus 4, 60; Diodorus 1, 35; others.).
5. the first place, principality, rule, magistracy [cf. English 'authorities'], (ἄρχω τινός): Luke 12:11; Luke 20:20; Titus 3:1; office given in charge (Genesis 40:13, 21; 2 Macc. 4:10, etc.), Jude 1:6. Hence the term is transferred by Paul to angels and demons holding dominions entrusted to them in the order of things (see ἄγγελος, 2 [cf. Bp. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:16; Meyer on Ephesians 1:21]): Romans 8:38; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 15. See ἐξουσία, 4 c. ββ.

Related entry:
ἄρχι, (from ἄρχω, ἀρχός), an inseparable prefix, usually to names of office or dignity, to designate the one who is placed over the rest that hold the office (German Ober-, Erz-, [English arch- (chief-, high-)]), as ἀρχάγγελος, ἀρχιποίμην [which see], ἀρχιερεύς, ἀρχίατρος, ἀρχιευνοῦχος, ἀρχυπερέτης (in Egyptian inscriptions), etc., most of which belong to Alexandrian and Byzantine Greek. Cf. Thiersch, De Pentateuchi versione Alex. p. 77f.
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

Genesis
1:1; 2; 40:13; 40:21
Deuteronomy
21:17
Job
40:14; 40:19
Psalms
102:26
Matthew
19:4; 19:8; 24:8; 24:21
Mark
1:1; 10:6; 13:8; 13:9; 13:19
Luke
1:2; 12:11; 20:20
John
1:1; 2:11; 6:64; 8:25; 8:44; 15:27; 16:4
Acts
10:11; 11:5; 11:15; 26:4
Romans
8:38
1 Corinthians
15:24
Ephesians
1:21; 1:21; 3:10; 6:12
Philippians
4:15
Colossians
1:16; 1:16; 1:18; 1:18; 2:10; 2:15
2 Thessalonians
2:13
Titus
3:1
Hebrews
1:10; 2:3; 3:14; 5:12; 6:1; 7:3
2 Peter
3:4
1 John
1:1; 2:7; 2:13; 2:24; 3:8; 3:11
2 John
1:5
Jude
1:6
Revelation
1:8; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G746 matches the Greek ἀρχή (archē),
which occurs 55 times in 54 verses in the MGNT Greek.

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 19:4–2Jo 1:6)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:4 - He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:8 - He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:8 - All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:21 - For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:1 - The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:6 - But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:8 - For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:19 - For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:11 - And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 20:20 - So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:2 - He was in the beginning with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 2:11 - This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 6:64 - But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:25 - So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:44 - You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:27 - And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:11 - and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:5 - “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:15 - As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:4 - “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:38 - For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:24 - Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 1:21 - far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:10 - so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 4:15 - And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:16 - For by[fn] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:18 - And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:10 - and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:15 - He disarmed the rulers and authorities[fn] and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxTit 3:1 - Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 1:10 - And,
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:3 - how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 3:14 - For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 5:12 - For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 6:1 - Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 3:4 - They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:7 - Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:13 - I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:14 - I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:24 - Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:8 - Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:11 - For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Unchecked Copy Box2Jo 1:5 - And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.
Unchecked Copy Box2Jo 1:6 - And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

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