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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

Strong's #2598 - καταβάλλω

from (G2596) and (G906)
Parts of Speech
  1. to cast down
    1. to throw to the ground, prostate
  2. to put in a lower place
    1. to lay (down) a foundation
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2040 ‑ הָרַס (haw‑ras');  3947 ‑ לָקַח (law‑kakh');  5307 ‑ נָפַל (naw‑fal');  5422 ‑ נָתַץ (naw‑thats');  5428 ‑ נָתַשׁ (naw‑thash');  5640 ‑ שָׂתַם (saw‑tham', saw‑tham');  6555 ‑ פָּרַץ (paw‑rats');  7843 ‑ שָׁחַת (shaw‑khath');  8213 ‑ שָׁפֵל (shaw‑fale');  
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KJV (3)
2 Corinthians
NAS (3)
2 Corinthians
HCS (2)
2 Corinthians
BSB (2)
2 Corinthians
ESV (3)
2 Corinthians
WEB (3)
2 Corinthians
Verse Results
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. -βᾰλῶ: aor. κατέβᾰλον; Ephesians 3:1-21 sg. κάββαλε Od. 6.172, Hes. Th. 189, etc.; imper. καββαλόντων Foed.Delph.Pell. 1 B 14:


1. throw down, overthrow, κατὰ πρηνὲς βαλέειν Πριάμοιο μέλαθρον Il. 2.414; ἐς μέσσον κ. τι 15.357; ἐνὶ πόντῳ Hes. Th. 189; ἐπ' ἀκτῆς Il. 23.125 (tm.); ἐπὶ Χθονί Hes. Sc. 462, etc.; κ. [ τινὰ ] ἐνθάδε Od. 6.172; κ. τὰ οἰκήματα, τὰ ἀγάλματα, Hdt. 1.17, 8.109; τεῖχος Th. 7.24; κ. τινὰ ἀπὸ τοῦ ἵππου X. HG 5.2.41; ἀπ' ἐλπίδος Pl. Euthphr. 15e; κ. ἐς τὸ μηδέν to bring down to nothing, opp. ἐξᾶραι ὑψοῦ, Hdt. 9.79; κάββαλλε τὸν Χείμωνα confound, defy the storm, Alc. 34.3.

2. κ. ἑαυτόν throw oneself down to sleep, Plu. Caes. 38.

3. strike down with a weapon, slay, Il. 2.692 (tm.), Hdt. 4.64, etc.; by a blow, κ. πατάξας Lys. 13.71; esp. of slaying victims, E. Or. 1603, Isoc. 2.20; κ. θῦμα δαίμοσιν E. Ba. 1246. Pass., to be stricken, νόσῳ POxy. 1121.9 (iii A.D.).

4. throw into prison, κ. τινὰ ἐς ἐρκτήν Hdt. 4.146: generally, throw, bring into a certain state, κ. [ τινὰ ] ἐς ξυμφοράς E. IT 606, Antipho Soph. 58; εἰς ἀπορίαν, εἰς ἀπιστίαν, Pl. Phlb. 15e, Phd. 88c, etc.

5. overthrow, refute, οἱ -βάλλοντες (sc. λόγοι), title of work by Protagoras: κ. τινά Democr. 125; δόξαν Gal. UP 6.20.

6. abuse, bully, Phld. Rh. 2.164S.

7. cast down or away, cast off, reject, Isoc. 12.24: metaph., forget, Ael. Fr. 111; κ. εἴς τι throw away upon a thing, Pl. Lg. 960e: Pass., οἱ καταβεβλημένοι despicable fellows, Isoc. 12.8; cf. καταβεβλημένως.


1. let fall, drop, ἀπὸ ἕο κάββαλεν υἱόν Il. 5.343; κάββαλε νεβρόν, of an eagle, 8.249; of a fawning dog, οὔατα κάββαλεν ἄμφω Od. 17.302; ἴουλον ἀπὸ κροτάφων κ. Theoc. 15.85; of sails, καθ' ἱστία λευκὰ βαλόντες Thgn. 671; τἀκάτια Epicr. 10; κατ' ὀφθαλμοὺς βαλεῖ A. Ch. 574; τὰς ὀφρῦς κ. E. Cyc. 167; κ. τὰ κέρατα droop their feelers, Arist. HA 590b26: in Politics, abandon a measure, καταβάλλοντ' ἐᾶν ἐν ὑπωμοσίᾳ D. 18.103.

2. lay down, set down, κρεῖον μέγα κάββαλεν ἐν πυρὸς αὐγῇ Il. 9.206, cf. Ar. Ach. 165, V. 727, etc.

3. lay down, lay in stores, κ. σιτία Hdt. 7.25: Pass., κὰτ ἄσπιδες βεβλήμεναι stored up, Alc. 15.5.

4. pay down, yield, bring in, ἡ λίμνη καταβάλλει ἐπ' ἡμέρην ἑκάστην τάλαντον ἐκ τῶν ἰχθύων Hdt. 2.149; τὰς ἐπικαρπίας τῇ πόλει And. 1.92, cf. Lexib. 93. pay, τἀργύριον Th. 1.27; τριώβολον Amips. 13; ἀρραβῶνα Men. 743, cf. PRLaws 48.10 (iii B.C.), etc.; τιμήν τινι ὑπέρ τινος Pl. Lg. 932d, Luc. Vit.Auct. 25; τέλη GDI 5018a17 (Gortyn), PHib. 29.6 (iii B.C.); λύτρα GDI 5151.8 (Cret., found at Delphi); καταβαλών σοι δραχμὴν τῶν βοτρύων for them, Philostr. Her.Praef. 1; κ. ζημίαν pay up, discharge a fine, D. 24.83, cf. 59.27: later in Med., μισθὸν καταβαλέσθαι Alciphr. 1.12.

5. put in, deposit, in Pass., εἰ ἡ μαρτυρία κατεβάλλετο ἐνταῦθα D. 34.46: but usu. in Med., deposit, γράμματα εἰς κιβωτόν BCH 25.100 (Tlos), cf. IG 12(1).3.15 (Rhodes); ψευδεῖς γραφὰς εἰς τὰ δημόσια γράμματα Docum. ap. D. 18.55; λόγους IG 7.2850 (Haliartus); δόγμα GDI 5182.10 (Cret., found at Teos).

6. throw down seed, sow, Men. Georg. 37, cf. καταβλητέον; κ. τὸ σπέρμα, of the male, Epicur. Nat. 908.1: Pass., Placit. 5.7.4, Sor. 1.33, Ocell. 4.14: metaph., σπέρμα κ. τοιούτων πραγμάτων D. 24.154; κ. φάτιν ὡς.. spread abroad a rumour, Hdt. 1.122, cf. E. HF 758 (lyr.).

7. lay down as a foundation, mostly in Med., τὴν τῆς ναυπηγίας ἀρχὴν καταβαλλόμενος Pl. Lg. 803a: esp. metaph., -βαλλομένα μέγαν οἶκτον beginning a lament (cf. infr. 8), E. Hel. 164 (lyr.); Ἀρίστιππος τὴν Κυρηναϊκὴν φιλοσοφίαν κατεβάλετο Str. 17.3.22; καταβαλέσθαι τοὐπτάνιον Sosip. 1.39; ἐξ ἀρχῆς καινὴν νομοθεσίαν D.S. 12.20; τὴν Στωϊκῶν αἵρεσιν Plu. 2.329a: hence generally, to be the author of, commit to writing, ἱστορικὰς καταβαλόμενοι πραγματείας D.H. 1.1; λόγον Darius ap. D.L. 9.13; φλυαρίας Gal. 7.476: Pass., ὅταν δὲ κρηπὶς μὴ καταβληθῇ.. ὀρθῶς E. HF 1261: freq. metaph., δεδημοσιωμένα που καταβέβληται Pl. Sph. 232d; πολλοὶ λόγοι πρὸς αὐτὰ -βέβληνται Arist. EN 1096a10; καταβεβλημέναι μαθήσεις fundamental, established, Arist. Pol. 1337b21; τὰ κ. παιδεύματα ib. 1338a36, cf. Phld. Rh. 1.27S.

8. c. inf., γάμον καταβάλλομ' ἀείδειν I begin my song of, Call. Fr. 196.


1. Pass., lie down, εἰς εὐνάν Theoc. 18.11.

2. like cross καταβαίνω 11.1, arrive at in a course of lectures, εἰς Γοργίαν Dam. Isid. 54. intr., fall, εἰς φθόνον καὶ ἀπορίαν Pl. 344c.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -βάλλω ,

[in LXX chiefly for H5307 hi.;]

1. to cast down, prostrate: metaph., pass., 2 Corinthians 4:9.

2. to put down, lay down: metaph., mid., c. acc, θεμέλιον , Hebrews 6:1.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

καταβάλλω is used of a woman ";stricken"; with sickness in P Oxy VIII. 1121.9 (A.D. 295) νόσῳ κατα [β ]λ ̣[η ]θεῖσα. The classical meaning ";pay"; is common in the papyri of all periods, and especially so in Byzantine documents (cf. Ostr. i. p. 89) : see e.g. P Hib I. 29.6 (c. B.C. 265) καταβαλ [ὼν ] τὰ γινόμενα τέλη, ";on payment of the usual taxes,"; P Fay 12.22 (c. B.C. 103) καταβαλὼν διὰ Πτολεμαίου τραπαιζίτ [ου, ";paying through Ptolemaeus the banker,"; ib. 63.4 (A.D. 240) κατέβαλ (εν) εἰς τ [ὸν Ἀ ]ντωνίου Φιλοξένου. . . λόγον ";he paid into the account of Antonius Philoxenus,"; and so P Strass I. 6.2 (A.D. 255–61) : also P Eleph 3.2 (B.C. 284–3), ib 17.21 (B.C. 223–2), BGU IV. 1158.21 (B.C. 9), and P Petr II. 11(1).6 (iii/B.C.) cited s.v. δάνειον, and Syll 936.6 cited s.v. ἀνάγω.


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List of Word Forms
καταβαλεί καταβαλείν καταβαλείς καταβαλείτε καταβάλη καταβάλλει καταβαλλομενοι καταβαλλόμενοι καταβάλλοντος καταβαλούσι καταβαλούσιν καταβαλώ καταβέβληκε καταβεβλημένη κατέβαλέ κατέβαλεν κατέβαλες κατέβαλον κατέβαλόν κατεβλήθη kataballomenoi kataballómenoi
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