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Strong's #2813 - κλέπτω

a primary verb
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  1. to steal
    1. to commit a theft
    2. take away by theft i.e take away by stealth
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Strong #: 1589 ‑ גָּנַב (gaw‑nab');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (19)
Matthew 7
Mark 2
Luke 2
John 1
Romans 5
Ephesians 2
NAS (15)
Matthew 7
Mark 1
Luke 1
John 1
Romans 3
Ephesians 2
HCS (13)
Matthew 5
Mark 1
Luke 1
John 1
Romans 3
Ephesians 2
BSB (13)
Matthew 5
Mark 1
Luke 1
John 1
Romans 3
Ephesians 2
ESV (12)
Matthew 5
Mark 1
Luke 1
John 1
Romans 2
Ephesians 2
WEB (18)
Matthew 6
Mark 2
Luke 2
John 1
Romans 4
Ephesians 3
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

κλέπτω, Ion. impf. κλέπτεσκον Hdt. 2.174: fut. κλέψω Ar. Ec. 667, etc., κλέψομαι X. Cyr. 7.4.13: aor. ἔκλεψα Il. 5.268, etc.: pf. κέκλοφα Ar. Pl. 369, 372, Pl. Lg. 941d; later part. κεκλεβώς IG 5(1).1390.75 (Andania, i B.C.): Pass., aor. 1 ἐκλέφθην Hdt. 5.84, E. Or. 1580: aor. 2 ἐκλάπην [ ] Pl. R. 413b, X. Eq.Mag. 4.17; later part. κλεπείς BGU 454.19 (ii A.D.): pf. κέκλεμμαι S. Ant. 681, Ar. V. 57. (Cf. Lat. clèpere, Goth. hlifan (κλέπτειν), hliftus (κλέπτης)):


1. steal, c. acc. or abs., Il. 24.24, 71, 109; τῆς γενεῆς ἔκλεψε from that breed Anchises stole, i.e. foals of that breed, 5.268; κλέπτουσιν ἐφ' ἁρπαγῇ ἄλλοθεν ἄλλος Song of Solomon 4:13; κ. μοιχεύειν τε Xenoph. 11.3; ἢν μηδὲν μήτε κλέπτῃ μήτε ἀδικῇ Democr. 253; κ. τι παρ' ἀλλήλων Hdt. 1.186; κ. ἐξ ἱερῶν Pl. Lg. 857b; carry off, κλέψεν Μήδειαν Pi. P. 4.250; πυρὸς σέλας κ., of Prometheus, A. 8; κλέψαι τε χἀρπάσαι βίᾳ S. Ph. 644; κ. τοὺς μηνύοντας spirit away the deponents, Antipho 5.38; ἐξ ἐπάλξεων πλεκταῖσιν ἐς γῆν σῶμα κ. let it down secretly, E. Tr. 958, cf. 1010; κ. μορφάς, of painters, steal forms (by transferring them to canvas), Luc. Epigr. 41.

2. in part. Act., thievish, κλέπτον βλέπει he has a thief s look, Ar. V. 900; κλέπτον τὸ χρῆμα τἀνδρός he's an arrant thief, ib. 933.

II c.acc. pers., cozen, cheat, πάρφασις, ἥ τ' ἔκλεψε νόον Il. 14.217; οὐκ ἔστι Διὸς κλέψαι νόον Hes: Th. 613; μὴ κλέπτε νόῳ Il. 1.132; κλέπτει νιν οὐ θεός, οὐ βροτός, ἔργοις οὔτε βουλαῖς Pi. P. 3.29; σοφία κλέπτει παράγοισα μύθοις Id. N. 7.23; οὔτοι φρέν' ἂν κλέψειεν A. Ch. 854, cf. S. Tr. 243, etc.; τὴν γνώμην Hp. Epid. 5.27; κ. τὴν ἀκρόασιν Aeschin. 3.99: Pass., κλέπτεται ὁ ἀκροατής Arist. Rh. 1408b5; προβαίνειν κλεπτόμενος to go on blindfold, Hdt. 7.49; κλέπτεταί οἱ ἡ αὐγή his vision becomes deceptive, Hp. Morb. 2.12; κλαπέντες ἢ βιασθέντες τοῦτο πάσχουσιν Pl. R. l.c.: impers., κλέπτεται the deception is passed off, Arist. Rh. 1404b24.


1. conceal, keep secret, θεοῖο γόνον Pi. O. 6.36; θυμῷ δεῖμα Id. P. 4.96; disguise, διαβολαῖς νέαις κλέψας τὰ πρόσθε σφάλματ ' E. Supp. 416; τοῖς ὀνόμασι κ. τὰ πράγματα Aeschin. 3.142; τοὺς ἑαυτῶν κ. X. Eq.Mag. 5.2; κ. ἑαυτὸν ὀφθαλμῶν τε καὶ ὤτων Philostr. VS 1.7.2; κ. τοῦ διανοήματος τὴν ἄδειαν Demetr. Eloc. 239: Pass., κλέπτεται τὸ μετρικόν ib. 182, cf. Them. in Ph. 276.26, Paul.Aeg. 6.103. do secretly or treacherously. δόλοισι κ. σφαγάς execute slaughter by secret frauds, S. El. 37; πόλλ' ἂν.. λάθρᾳ σὺ κλέψειας κακά Id. Aj. 1137; κ. μύθους whisper malicious rumours, ib. 188 (lyr.); κλέπτων ἢ βιαζόμενος by fraud or open force, Pl. Lg. 933e; ταῦτα κλέπτοντες ταῖς πράξεσιν, i.e. λάθρᾳ πράττοντες, ib. 910b; κλεπτομένη λαλιά secret, clandestine, Luc. Am. 15, etc.

2. seize or occupy secretly, τὰ ὄρη X. An. 5.6.9, cf. 4.6.11, 15; τὴν ἀρχήν D.H. 4.10.

3. effect or bring about clandestinely, γάμον κ. δώροις Theoc. 22.151: Pass., to be 'smuggled in ', Arist. Rh.Al. 1440b21.

4. get rid of imperceptibly, τὸ δοκεῖν.. D.H. Rh. 8.7; τῇ ποικιλίᾳ τὸν κόρον Id. Comp. 19: Pass., τοῦ πόσου κλεπτομένου Plot. 4.7.5.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

κλέπτω; future κεψω (the Sept. also in Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 19:11; Deuteronomy 5:19, for κλέψομαι more common ((?) cf. Veitch, under the word; Kühner, § 343, under the word, 1:848) in secular authors); 1 aorist ἐκλεψα; (from Homer down); the Sept. for גָּנַב;

a. to steal; absolutely, to commit a theft: Matthew 6:19; Matthew 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; John 10:10; Romans 2:21; Romans 13:9; Ephesians 4:28.

b. transitive, to steal i. e. take away by stealth: τινα, the dead body of one, Matthew 27:64; Matthew 28:13.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κλέπτω ,

[in LXX for H1589;]

to steal: absol., Matthew 6:19-20; Matthew 19:18, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20, John 10:10, Romans 2:21; Romans 13:9, Ephesians 4:28; c. acc, Matthew 27:64; Matthew 28:13.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Ryl II. 134.13 (A.D. 34) ἐκλέπη μο (υ) ἐν τῇ κώμῃ ὗς illustrates a late form of the aor. pass. : cf. ib. 137.11 (A.D. 34), 140.11 (A.D. 36). P Oxy III. 472.14 ff. (c. A.D. 130) is worth recording, as showing three different parts of the verb—ἐὰν λέγωσιν δοῦλον Σμάραγδον ἀνεύρετον γ ̣ε ̣[γ ]ονέν ̣αι αὐτὸν αἰτίαν ἔχοντα τοῦ τὴν πίστιν κεκλοφέναι, φη [σ ]ι ̣, ν ̣ δ᾽οὖν καὶ πίστιν γεγονέναι ἵνα κλεπῇ, οὐ δύναται γὰρ κεκλέφθαι τὸ μηδ᾽ ἀρχὴν γενόμενον μὴ δύνατον δ᾽εἶναι, ";if they say that the slave Smaragdus has disappeared being himself accused of having stolen the mortgage—he only asserts that a mortgage was made in order that it might be stolen; for it is impossible for that to have been stolen which neither ever existed at all, nor could exist"; (Edd.). In BGU I. 322.27 (A.D. 216) (= Chrest. II. p. 140) we have a petition that certain petitioners should be brought to justice—π ]ρὸς τὸ. . . δυνηθῆναί με ἀντὶ πλειόνων τῶν κλεπέντων τὰ [ς σ ]ταθείσ [ας ] μου πυροῦ ἀρτάβας ἑπτὰ ἀπολαβ [εῖ ]ν. With the perf. act. κέκλεβα, as in Syll 653.75 (cited s.v. κλέμμα), cf. MGr κλέβω, found alongside κλέφω and κλέφτω.


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List of Word Forms
εκλάπην εκλεψαν έκλεψαν έκλεψάν ἔκλεψαν έκλεψας εκλέψατέ έκλεψε έκλεψεν εκληδονίζετο κεκλεμμένον κλαπή κλέπτει κλεπτειν κλέπτειν κλεπτεις κλέπτεις κλέπτετε κλεπτετω κλεπτέτω κλέπτοντας κλέπτουσι κλεπτουσιν κλέπτουσιν κλεπτων κλέπτων κλέψαιμεν κλέψαντες κλεψάντων κλέψας κλεψεις κλέψεις κλέψετε κλεψη κλέψη κλέψῃ κλεψης κλέψης κλέψῃς κλέψω κλεψωσιν κλέψωσιν κληδονιζόμενος κληδονισμών eklepsan éklepsan klepse klepsē klépsei klépsēi klepseis klépseis klépsēis klepses klepsēs klepsosin klepsōsin klépsosin klépsōsin kleptein kléptein klepteis klépteis klepteto kleptetō kleptéto kleptétō klepton kleptōn klépton kléptōn kleptousin kléptousin
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