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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 58 times in 56 verses in the TR Greek.

Page 1 / 2 (Mat 19:4–2Jo 1:5)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:4 - And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning G746 MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:8 - He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to [fn]divorce your wives; but from the beginning G746 it has not been this way.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:8 - “But all these things are merely the beginning G746 of birth pains.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 24:21 - “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning G746 of the world until now, nor ever will again.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:1 - The beginning G746 of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:6 - “But from the beginning G746 of creation, God CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:8 - “For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are only the beginning G746 of birth pains.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 13:19 - “For those days will be such a time of tribulation as has not occurred since the beginning G746 of the creation which God created until now, and never will again.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning G746 [fn]were eyewitnesses and [fn]servants of the [fn]word,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:11 - “Now when they bring you before the synagogues and the officials G746 and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 20:20 - And so they watched Him [fn]closely, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could hand Him over to the jurisdiction G746 and authority of the governor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:1 - In the beginning G746 was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:2 - [fn]He was in the beginning G746 with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 2:11 - This beginning G746 of His [fn]signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed 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 G746 who they were who did not believe, and who it was who would [fn]betray Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:25 - Then they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, [fn]What have I even been saying to you from the beginning G746?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 8:44 - “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning G746, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells [fn]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of [fn]lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 15:27 - and [fn]you are testifying as well, because you have been with Me from the beginning G746.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - “But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you [fn]may remember that I told you of them. However, I did not say these things to you at the beginning G746, because I was with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 10:11 - and he *saw the sky opened up, and an [fn]object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners G746 to the ground,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:5 - “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an [fn]object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners G746 from the sky; and it came to where I was,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:15 - “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning G746.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:4 - “So then, all Jews know my way of life since my youth, which from the beginning G746 was spent among my own nation and in Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 8:38 - For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities G746, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:24 - then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to our God and Father, when He has abolished all rule G746 and all authority and power.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 1:21 - far above all rule G746 and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 3:10 - so that the multifaceted wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers G746 and the authorities in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 6:12 - For our struggle is not against [fn]flesh and blood, but against the rulers G746, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 4:15 - You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the [fn]first G746 preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:16 - for [fn]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers G746, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:18 - He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning G746, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:10 - and in Him you have been made [fn]complete, and He is the head [fn]over every ruler G746 and authority;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 2:15 - When He had [fn]disarmed the rulers G746 and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through [fn]Him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:13 - But we should always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you [fn]from the beginning G746 for salvation [fn]through sanctification [fn]by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxTit 3:1 - Remind them to be subject to rulers G746, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 1:10 - And,
“YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING G746 LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH,
AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 2:3 - how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? [fn]After it was at first G746 spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 3:14 - For we have become partakers of Christ if we keep the beginning G746 of our [fn]commitment firm until the end,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 5:12 - For though [fn]by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the [fn]elementary G746 principles of the actual words of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 6:1 - Therefore leaving the [fn]elementary G746 teaching about the [fn]Christ, let us press on to [fn]maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 7:3 - Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning G746 of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 3:4 - and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers [fn]fell asleep, all things continue just as they were from the beginning G746 of creation.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 1:1 - What was from the beginning G746, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:7 - Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning G746; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:13 - I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning G746. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:14 - I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning G746. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:24 - As for you, see that what you heard from the beginning G746 remains in you. If what you heard from the beginning G746 remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:8 - the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil [fn]has been sinning from the beginning G746. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:11 - For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning G746, that we are to love one another;
Unchecked Copy Box2Jo 1:5 - Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning G746, that we love one another.

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