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Strong's #1956 - ἐπιλύω

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  1. to unloose, untie
  2. to clear (a controversy), decide, settle
  3. to explain (what is obscure and hard to understand)
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KJV (2)
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. loose, untie, δεσμά Theoc. Adon. 42; .κύνας let slip dogs, X. Cyn. 7.8: generally, set free, release, τοὺς κακούργους τῷ πολέμῳ Luc. Par. 50: Med., ἐπιλύεσθαί τινα τὸ μὴ οὐχὶ ἀγανακτεῖν Pl. Cri. 43c; ἐπιλύεσθαι ἐπιστολάς open them, Hdn. 4.12.8; Ἐπιλυσαμένη, epith. of various divinities, Hsch.

2.. solve, explain, πάντα τοῖς μαθηταῖς Mark 4:34 : Pass., S.E. P. 2.246,Sch. Od. 9.106: Med., J. AJ 8.6.5, Vett.Val. 259.4, Ath. 10.45o f, al.: pf. part. Pass. ἐπιλελυμένος lucid, of writings, Vett.Val. 329.25.

3.. confute an accusation, Luc. Bis Acc. 30.

4.. Med., manumit, Delph. 3(2).233 (ii B.C.).

5.. release, discharge a debtor, ἀπὸ τᾶν κοινᾶν ποθόδων ἐπιλυθῆμεν (inf. Pass.) τοὺς ἐρρυτιασμένους Schwyzer 104.7 (Troezen, ii B.C.): pay, c. dat. pers., ib.12: Med., discharge a debt, δάνειον PGrenf. 1.26.2 (ii B.C.).

II. fut. Med. in pass. sense, lose strength, give in, Lys. 25.33 (dub.l.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐπιλύω: imperfect ἐπελυον; 1 future passive ἐπιλυθήσομαι;

a. properly, to unloose, untie (German auflösen) anything knotted or bound or sealed up; (Xenophon, Theocr, Herodian).

b. to clear (a controversy), to decide, settle: Acts 19:39; to explain (what is obscure and hard to understand): Mark 4:34 (as in Genesis 41:12 variant; Philo, vita contempl. § 10; de agricult. § 3; Sextus Empiricus, 2, 246; γριφους, Athen. 10, p. 449 e.; also in middle, Athen. 10, p. 450 f.; Josephus, Antiquities 8, 6, 5, and often by the Scholiasts).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἐπι -λύω ,

[in Aq.: Genesis 40:8; Genesis 41:8; Genesis 41:12; Th.: Hosea 3:4 *;]

1. to loose, release.

2. to solve, settle, explain: Mark 4:34, Acts 19:39.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Like ἐπίλυσις, the verb is used in monetary transactions, e.g. P Grenf I. 26.2 (B.C. 113) ἐπελύσατ [ο ] Ψενενοῦπις Ὀννώφριος δάνειον πυροῦ ἀρ ν ̄ς ̄, a usage hitherto unknown : see further Philologus N.F. xvii. pp. 564 f., 577. For the metaphorical meaning as in the NT, cf. Vett. Val. p.173.6 τὸ τῆς ἀληθείας μέρος ὡς ὑπὸ οὐδενὸς ἀνδρὸς ἐπιλελυμένον αὐτὸς ἐφώτισα, p. 259.4 προεῖπον γὰρ ἐν τοῖς ἔμπροσθεν, ὅτι ἃ μὲν ἐκ τῶν παλαιῶν σκοτεινῶς συντεταγμένα ἐπελυσάμην.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
επέλυε επελυεν ἐπέλυεν επιλυθησεται επιλυθήσεται ἐπιλυθήσεται epeluen epelyen epélyen epiluthesetai epiluthēsetai epilythesetai epilythēsetai epilythḗsetai
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