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surch: Some peculiar senses are:

(1) In the books of Moses, especially in Nu, "searching out the land" means to spy out (raggel), to investigate carefully, to examine with a view to giving a full and accurate report on.

(2) When applied to the Scriptures, as in Ezr 4:15,19 (baqqer); Joh 5:39; 1Pe 1:11 (eraunao), it means to examine, to study out the meaning. In Ac 17:11, the Revised Version (British and American) substitutes "examining" for the "searched" of the King James Version. See SEARCHINGS.

(3) "Search out" often means to study critically, to investigate carefully, e.g. Job 8:8; 29:16; Ec 1:13; La 3:40; Mt 2:8; 1Co 2:10; 1Pe 1:10.

(4) When the word is applied to God's searching the heart or spirit, it means His opening up, laying bare, disclosing what was hidden, e.g. 1Ch 28:9; Ps 44:21; 139:1; Pr 20:27; Jer 17:10; Ro 8:27.

Written by G. H. Geberding

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2045 Greek: eraunao | ereunao


an earlier form, "to search, examine," is used

(a) of God, as "searching" the heart, Rom 8:27;

(b) of Christ, similarly, Rev 2:23;

(c) of the Holy Spirit, as "searching" all things, 1Cr 2:10, acting in the spirit of the believer;

(d) of the OT prophets, as "searching" their own writings concerning matters foretold of Christ, testified by the Spirit of Christ in them, 1Pe 1:11 (cp. No. 2);

(e) of the Jews, as commanded by the Lord to "search" the Scriptures, Jhn 5:39, AV, and RV marg., "search," RV text, "ye search," either is possible grammatically;

(f) of Nicodemus as commanded similarly by the chief priests and Pharisees, Jhn 7:52.

2 Strong's Number: g1830 Greek: exeraunao


a strengthened form of No. 1 (ek, or ex, "out"), "to search out," is used in 1Pe 1:10, "searched diligently;" cp. No. 1 (d).

3 Strong's Number: g1833 Greek: exetazo


"to examine closely, inquire carefully" (from etazo, "to examine"), occurs in Mat 2:8, RV, "search out;" so Mat 10:11, RV: see INQUIRE, No. 4.

Note: For anakrino, rendered "searched" in Act 17:11, AV, see EXAMINE.


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