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Strong's #1285 - διασαφέω

from (G1223) and saphes (clear)
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  1. to make clear or plain, to explain, unfold, declare
  2. of things done, to declare i.e. to tell, announce, narrate
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1197 ‑ בָּעַר (baw‑ar');  2324 ‑ חֲוָה (khav‑aw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


make quite clear, show plainly, ἐλπίδας οὔσας κενάς E. Ph. 398; τι Pl. Lg. 916e, Phld. Lib. p.13O., etc.; δ. εἴτε.. εἴτε μή Pl. Prt. 348b, cf. Phld. Po. 5.13; also δ. περί τινος make a clear statement about.., Arist. de An. 404b1; δ. εἰς Καρχηδόνα περί τινος send clear information.., Plb. 3.87.4; δ. ὑπέρ τινος Id. 2.19.13; instruct plainly, ἵνα.. Id. 4.26.3, LXX 2 Maccabees 1:18; ὅπως PEleph. 18.3 (iii B. C.): Med., dub. in PPar. 70p.413: Pass., Arist. EN 1094b12, etc.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

διασαφέω, διασάφω: 1 aorist διεσάφησα; (σαφής clear);

1. to make clear or plain, to explain, unfold, declare: τήν παραβολήν, Matthew 13:36 L Tr text WH; (Euripides, Phoen. 398; Plato, legg. 6, 754 a.; others; Polybius 2, 1, 1; 3, 52, 5).

2. of things done, to declare, i. e. to tell, announce, narrate: Matthew 18:31; (2 Macc. 1, 18; Polybius 1, 46, 4; 2, 27, 3). Cf. Fischer, De vitiis lexamples N. T., p. 622ff; Winer's De verb. comp. etc. Part v., p. 11.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

δια -σαφέω , -

(< σαφής , clear),

[in LXX: Deuteronomy 1:5 (H874 pi.), Da LXX, Daniel 2:6 (H2331 aphel.), 1-3Mac.9 *;]

to make clear, explain fully: c. acc rei, dat pers., Matthew 13:26; Matthew 18:31.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this verb, common in the earlier papyri, we may cite P Eleph 18.3 (B.C. 223–22) κ [α ]λῶς ποιήσεις διασαφήσας ἡμῖν, ὅπως ἐπιτελέσωμεν κτλ., P Lond 42.8 (B.C. 168) (= I. p. 30. Selections, p. 9) ἐπιστολὴν. . ἐν ἧι διεσάφεις εἶναι ἐν κατοχῆι ἐν τῶι Σαραπιείωι, P Par 42.10 (B.C. 156) διασάφησόν μοι, ib. 45.3 (B.C. 153) ἅ σ [οι ] οὐ δεδύνημαι διασαφῆσαι διὰ τοῦ ἐπιστολίου, P Grenf II. 33.11 (B.C. 100) περὶ τοῦ διασαφουμένου μέρους γῆς, and from the inscriptions Syll 790.57 (i/B.C.) ἐν τῶι ψηφίσματι διασαφεῖται τῶι κεκ [υ ]ρωμένωι περὶ τοῦ [μαν ]τείου ἐφ᾽ ἱερέως Κρίνωνος. If we may judge from the contrast between papyri B.C. and A.D., the verb went out of common vernacular use during the NT period, which would account for the curious fact that only one NT writer (Mt) uses it at all. It occurs however five times in Vettius Valens.


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List of Word Forms
διασαφήσαι διασάφησις Διασαφησον Διασάφησον διεσαφησαν διεσάφησαν Diasapheson Diasaphēson Diasápheson Diasáphēson diesaphesan diesaphēsan diesáphesan diesáphēsan
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