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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Verb Strong's Number: g2983 Greek: lambano

Receive, Receiving:

denotes either "to take" or "to receive,"

(I) literally,

(a) without an object, in contrast to asking, e.g., Mat 7:8; Mar 11:24, RV, "have received" (the original has no object);

(b) in contrast to giving, e.g., Mat 10:8; Act 20:35;

(c) with objects, whether things, e.g., Mar 10:30; Luk 18:30, in the best mss. (some have No. 4); Jhn 13:30; Act 9:19, RV, "took" (AV, "received"); 1Cr 9:25, RV, "receive" (AV, "obtain"); or persons, e.g., Jhn 6:21; 13:20; 16:14, RV, "take;" 2Jo 1:10; in Mar 14:65, RV, "received (Him with blows of their hands);" this has been styled a vulgarism;

(II) metaphorically, of the word of God, Mat 13:20; Mar 4:16; the sayings of Christ, Jhn 12:48; the witness of Christ, Jhn 3:11; a hundredfold in this life, and eternal life in the world to come, Mar 10:30; mercy, Hbr 4:16, RV, "may receive" (AV, "may obtain"); a person (prosopon, see FACE), Luk 20:21, "acceptest," and Gal 2:6, "accepteth," an expression used in the OT either in the sense of being gracious or kind to a person, e.g., Gen 19:21; 32:20, or (negatively) in the sense of being impartial, e.g., Lev 19:15; Deu 10:17; this latter is the meaning in the two NT passages just mentioned.
See ACCEPT, A, No. 4, TAKE, etc.

Lambano and prosopon are combined in the nouns prosopolempsia, "respect of persons," and prosopolemptes, "respecter of persons," and in the verb prosopolempto, "to have respect of persons:" see PERSON.

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g3880 Greek: paralambano

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive from another" (para, "from beside"), or "to take," signifies "to receive," e.g., in Mar 7:4; Jhn 1:11; 14:3; 1Cr 11:23; 15:1, 3; Gal 1:9, 12; Phl 4:9; Col 2:6; 4:17; 1Th 2:13 (1st part); 4:1; 2Th 3:6; Hbr 12:28.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g353 Greek: analambano

Receive, Receiving:

"to take up" (ana), "to take to oneself, receive," is rendered "to receive" in Mar 16:19; Act 1:2, 11, 22, RV, "He was received up" (AV, "taken"); Mar 10:16; 1Ti 3:16.

A-4 Verb Strong's Number: g618 Greek: apolambano

Receive, Receiving:

signifies "to receive from another,"

(a) to "receive" as one's due (for Luk 18:30, see No. 1); Luk 23:41; Rom 1:27; Col 3:24; 2Jo 1:8;

(b) without the indication of what is due, Luk 16:25; Gal 4:5 (in some mss. 3Jo 1:8, for No. 7);

(c) to receive back, Luk 6:34 (twice); 15:27. For its other meaning, "to take apart," Mar 7:33, see TAKE.

A-5 Verb Strong's Number: g4355 Greek: proslambano

Receive, Receiving:

denotes "to take to oneself" (pros, "to") or "to receive," always in the Middle Voice, signifying a special interest on the part of the receiver, suggesting a welcome, Act 28:2; Rom 14:1, 3; 15:7; Phm 1:12 (in some mss; the best omit it); Phm 1:17.

A-6 Verb Strong's Number: g3335 Greek: metalambano

Receive, Receiving:

"to have or get a share of, partake of" (meta, with), is rendered "receiveth" in Hbr 6:7.
See EAT, HAVE, PARTAKE, TAKE. In the Sept., Est 5:1.

A-7 Verb Strong's Number: g5274 Greek: hupolambano

Receive, Receiving:

"to take or bear up" (hupo, "under"), "to receive," is rendered "received" in Act 1:9, of the cloud at the Ascension; in 3Jo 1:8, RV, "welcome" (AV, "receive").

A-8 Verb Strong's Number: g1209 Greek: dechomai

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive by deliberate and ready reception of what is offered," is used of

(a) taking with the hand, taking hold, taking hold of or up, e.g., Luk 2:28, RV, "he received (Him)," AV, "took he (Him) up;" 16:6, 7; 22:17; Eph 6:17;

(b) "receiving," said of a place "receiving" a person, of Christ into the Heavens, Act 3:21; or of persons in giving access to someone as a visitor, e.g., Jhn 4:45; 2Cr 7:15; Gal 4:14; Col 4:10; by way of giving hospitality, etc., e.g., Mat 10:14, 40 (four times), 41 (twice); 18:5; Mar 6:11; 9:37; Luk 9:5, 48, 53; 10:8, 10; 16:4; Luk 16:9, of reception, "into the eternal tabernacles," said of followers of Christ who have used "the mammon of unrighteousness" to render assistance to ("make... friends of") others; of Rahab's reception of the spies, Hbr 11:31; of the reception, by the Lord, of the spirit of a departing believer, Act 7:59; of "receiving" a gift, 2Cr 8:4 (in some mss; RV follows those which omit it); of the favorable reception of testimony and teaching, etc., Luk 8:13; Act 8:14; 11:1; 17:11; 1Cr 2:14; 2Cr 8:17; 1Th 1:6; 2:13, where paralambano (No. 2) is used in the 1st part, "ye received," dechomai in the 2nd part, "ye accepted," RV (AV, "received"), the former refers to the ear, the latter, adding the idea of appropriation, to the heart; Jam 1:21; in 2Th 2:10, "the love of the truth," i.e., love for the truth; cp. Mat 11:14, "if ye are willing to receive it," an elliptical construction frequent in Greek writings; of "receiving," by way of bearing with, enduring, 2Cr 11:16; of "receiving" by way of getting, Act 22:5; 28:21; of becoming partaker of benefits, Mar 10:15; Luk 18:17; Act 7:38; 2Cr 6:1; 11:4 (last clause "did accept:" cp. lambano in previous clauses); Phl 4:18.

Note: There is a certain distinction between lambano and dechomai (more pronounced in the earlier, classical use), in that in many instances lambano suggests "a self-prompted taking," whereas dechomai more frequently indicates "a welcoming or an appropriating reception" (Grimm-Thayer).

A-9 Verb Strong's Number: g324 Greek: anadechomai

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive gladly," is used in Act 28:7, of the reception by Publius of the shipwrecked company in Melita; in Hbr 11:17, of Abraham's reception of God's promises, RV, "gladly (ana, "up," regarded as intensive) received." Moulton and Milligan point out the frequency of this verb in the papyri in the legal sense of taking the responsibility of something, becoming security for, undertaking, and say "The predominance of this meaning suggests its application in Hbr 11:17. The statement that Abraham had 'undertaken,' 'assumed the responsibility of,' the promises, would not perhaps be alien to the thought." The responsibility would surely be that of his faith in "receiving" the promises. In Classical Greek it had the meaning of "receiving," and it is a little difficult to attach any other sense to the circumstances, save perhaps that Abraham's faith undertook to exercise the assurance of the fulfillment of the promises.

A-10 Verb Strong's Number: g588 Greek: apodechomai

Receive, Receiving:

"to welcome, to accept gladly" (apo, "from"), "to receive without reserve," is used

(a) literally, Luk 8:40, RV, "welcomed;" Luk 9:11 (in the best texts, some have No. 8); Act 18:27; 21:17; 28:30;

(b) metaphorically, Act 2:41; 24:3, "we accept," in the sense of acknowledging, the term being used in a tone of respect.
See ACCEPT, A No. 2.

A-11 Verb Strong's Number: g1523 Greek: eisdechomai

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive into" (eis), is used only in 2Cr 6:17, where the verb does not signify "to accept," but "to admit" (as antithetic to "come ye out," and combining Isa 52:11 with Zep 3:20).

A-12 Verb Strong's Number: g1926 Greek: epidechomai

Receive, Receiving:

lit., "to accept besides" (epi, "upon"), "to accept" (found in the papyri, of accepting the terms of a lease), is used in the sense of accepting in 3Jo 1:9; in 3Jo 1:10, in the sense of "receiving" with hospitality, in each verse said negatively concerning Diotrephes.

A-13 Verb Strong's Number: g3858 Greek: paradechmoai

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive or admit with approval" (para, "beside"), is used

(a) of persons, Act 15:4 (in some texts, No. 10); Hbr 12:6;

(b) of things, Mar 4:20, AV, "receive" (RV, "accept"); Act 16:21; 22:18; 1Ti 5:9. In the Sept., Exd 23:1; Pro 3:12.

A-14 Verb Strong's Number: g4327 Greek: prosedechomai

Receive, Receiving:

"to receive to oneself, to receive favorably," also "to look for, wait for," is used of "receiving" in Luk 15:2; Rom 16:2; Phl 2:29.
See ACCEPT, A, No. 3, ALLOW, LOOK (for), TAKE, WAIT.

A-15 Verb Strong's Number: g5264 Greek: hupodechomai

Receive, Receiving:

denotes "to receive under one's roof" (hupo, "under"), "receive as a guest, entertain hospitably," Luk 10:38; 19:6; Act 17:7; Jam 2:25.

A-16 Verb Strong's Number: g2865 Greek: komizo

Receive, Receiving:

denotes "to bear, carry," e.g., Luk 7:37; in the Middle Voice, "to bear for oneself," hence

(a) "to receive," Hbr 10:36; 11:13 (in the best texts; some have lambano, No. 1), 39; 1Pe 1:9; 5:4; in some texts in 2Pe 2:13 (in the best mss. adikeomai, "suffering wrong," RV);

(b) "to receive back, recover," Mat 25:27; Hbr 11:19; metaphorically, of requital, 2Cr 5:10; Col 3:25, of "receiving back again" by the believer at the Judgment-Seat of Christ hereafter, for wrong done in this life; Eph 6:8, of "receiving," on the same occasion, "whatsoever good thing each one doeth," RV; see BRING, No. 20.

A-17 Verb Strong's Number: g568 Greek: apecho

Receive, Receiving:


(a) transitively, "to have in full, to have received;" so the RV in Mat 6:2, 5, 16 (for AV, "they have"); Luk 6:24, AV, and RV; in all these instances the present tense (to which the AV incorrectly adheres in the Matt. 6 verses) has a perfective force, consequent upon the combination with the prefix apo ("from"), not that it stands for the perfect tense, but that it views the action in its accomplished result; so in Phl 4:18, where the AV and RV translate it "I have;" in Phm 1:15, "(that) thou shouldest have (him for ever)," AV, "shouldest receive;" see HAVE, No. 2, and the reference to illustrations from the papyri of the use of the verb in receipts;

(b) intransitively, "to be away, distant," used with porro, "far," Mat 15:8; Mar 7:6; with makran, "far off, afar," Luk 7:6; 15:20; without an accompanying adverb, Luk 24:13, "which was from."

A-18 Verb Strong's Number: g5562 Greek: choreo

Receive, Receiving:

"to give space, make room for" (chora, "a place"), is used metaphorically, of "receiving" with the mind, Mat 19:11, 12; into the heart, 2Cr 7:2, RV, "open your hearts," marg., "make room" (AV, "receive").
See COME, No. 24, CONTAIN, No. 1, COURSE, B.

A-19 Verb Strong's Number: g2975 Greek: lanchano

Receive, Receiving:

"to obtain by lot," is translated "received" in Act 1:17, RV (AV, "had obtained").
See LOT.


(1) In Mar 2:2, AV, choreo is translated "there was (no) room to receive" [RV, "there was (no longer) room (for);]

(2) In Rev 13:16, AV, didomi is translated "to receive" (marg., "to give them"), RV, "(that) there be given (them)."

(3) In 2Cr 7:9, AV, zemioo, "to suffer loss" (RV), is translated "ye might receive damage."

(4) In Luk 7:22, RV, anablepo, "to recover sight," is translated "receive their sight" (AV, "see").

(5) For "received (RV, 'hath taken') tithes," Hbr 7:6, see TITHE.

(6) For eleeo, in the Passive Voice, 2Cr 4:1, AV, "having received mercy" (RV, "obtained"), see MERCY.

(7) For patroparadotos, in 1Pe 1:18, AV, "received by tradition from your fathers," see HANDED DOWN.

(8) In the AV of Mat 13:19, 20, 22, 23, speiro, "to sow seed," is translated "received seed;" see SOW.

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g3028 Greek: lepsis | lempsis

Receive, Receiving:

"a receiving" (akin to lambano, A, No. 1), is used in Phl 4:15. In the Sept., Pro 15:27, 29.

B-2 Noun Strong's Number: g354 Greek: anale(m)psis

Receive, Receiving:

"a taking up" (ana, "up," and No. 1), is used in Luk 9:51 with reference to Christ's Ascension; "that He should be received up" is, lit., "of the receiving up (of Him)."

B-3 Noun Strong's Number: g3336 Greek: metale(m)psis

Receive, Receiving:

"a participation, taking, receiving," is used in 1Ti 4:3, in connection with food, "to be received," lit., "with a view to (eis) reception."

B-4 Noun Strong's Number: g4356 Greek: prosle(m)psis

Receive, Receiving:

pros, "to," and No. 1, is used in Rom 11:15, of the restoration of Israel.


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