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Strong's #3132 - μαντεύομαι

from a derivative of (G3105) (meaning a prophet, as supposed to rave through inspiration)
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  1. to act as a seer
    1. deliver an oracle, prophesy, divine
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Strong #: 7080 ‑ קָסַם (kaw‑sam');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. - εύσομαι Od. 17.154, Pi. O. 6.38, A. Ag. 1367, Hdt. 1.46, etc.: aor. ἐμαντευσάμην Pl. Revelation 21:1-27 a, Aeschin. 3.107; poet. μαντευσάμην Pi. O. 7.31: pf. μεμάντευμαι Id. P. 4.163: Pass., v. infr. IV: (μάντις):


1. divine, prophesy, τί μοι θάνατον μαντεύεαι; Il. 19.420; τί νύ μοι μαντεύεαι αἰπὺν ὄλεθρον; 16.859; ἐτεὸν μ. 2.300: abs., οὐ γὰρ ἀπείρητος μαντεύομαι Od. 2.170, cf. 9.510, Il. 1.107; τινι to one, Od. 2.178, etc.: c. dat. modi, draw divinations from or by means of.., ῥάβδοισι Hdt. 4.67: c. acc. cogn., μαντεῖα μ. A. Eu. 716 (s. v.l.).

2. generally, presage, forebode, surmise, of presentiment, opp. knowledge, Pl. Cra. 411b, R. 349a, al.; μαντευσόμεσθα τἀνδρὸς ὡς ὀλωλότος A. Ag. l.c.; ἔστι γὰρ ὃ μαντεύονταί τι πάντες φύσει κοινὸν δίκαιον Arist. Rh. 1373b7; μ. τὸ συμβησόμενον ἐκ τῶν εἰκότων Id. GA 765a27.

3. of animals, get scent of, κύων ἄρτον μ. Theoc. 21.45.

II consult an oracle, seek divinations, Pi. O. 7.31, Hdt. 1.46, 4.172, etc.; ἐν Δελφοῖσι Id. 6.76; ἐπὶ κασταλίᾳ Pi. P. l.c.; περί τινος Id. O. 6.38, Hdt. 8.36; ὑπέρ τινος E. Ion 431; ὁ γὰρ θεὸς μαντευομένῳ μοὔχρησεν ἐν Δελφοῖς ποτε Ar. V. 159, cf. Av. 593; ταῦτα καὶ μ. this is the question I ask the oracle, E. Ion 346; ἐτόλμησε τοῦτο μαντεύσασθαι Pl. Revelation 21:1-27 a; μαντείαν μ. παρὰ τῷ θεῷ Aeschin.l.c.

III later, of the god, give an oracle, ταῦθ' ὁρῶ τὸν Δία ὑμῖν μαντευόμενον D. 18.253, cf. Luc. Alex. 19, Sol. 9. in later Greek, Act. μαντεύω, Plu. Alex. 75, Arr. Ind. 11.5, X.Ephesians 5:4, Him. Or. 10.5, 14.34, 23.23: but aor. Pass., ἐμαντεύθη an oracle was given, Hdt. 5.114: pf. part., τὰ μεμαντευμένα the words of the oracles, ib. 45; τὰ ὑπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ μαντευσθέντα (sic) IG 42(1).122.81 (Epid., iv B.C.), cf. Hld. 7.1.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μαντεύομαι; (μάντις (a seer; allied to μανία, μαίνομαι; cf. Curtius, § 429)); from Homer down; to act as seer; deliver an oracle, prophesy, divine: Acts 16:16 μαντευομένη, of a false prophetess (A. V. by soothsaying). The Sept. for קָסַם, to practise divination; said of false prophets. (On the heathen character of the suggestions and associations of the word, as distinguished from προφητεύω, see Trench, N. T. Synonyms, § vi.)

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(< μαντίς , a seer, diviner),

[in LXX for H7080, Deuteronomy 18:10, al.;]

to divine, practise divination: Acts 16:16.†

SYN.: προφητεύω G4395, q.v., in distinction from which μ . is used in LXX and NT only of false prophets and those who practise the heathen arts of divination and soothsaying (cf. 1 Samuel 28:8, and v. Tr., Syn., § vi).

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

This word, which in the LXX is always used of lying prophets, or divination contrary to the law (Deuteronomy 18:10 al.), has again a sinister reference in its only occurrence in the NT (Acts 16:16). A more general sense appears in Michel 842 (1st half ii/B.C.), a collection of decrees relating to the oracle of Apollo Coropaeus in Thessaly—.41 καθήσθ [ω ]σαν δὲ οἱ προγεγ (ρ)αμμένοι ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι. . .. ἁγνεύοντες καὶ νήφοντες καὶ ἀποδεχόμενοι τὰ πινάκια παρὰ τῶν μαντευομένων : cf. also for the act. the magic P Lond 121.547 (iii/A.D.) (= I. p. 101), where divination is resorted to by means of a lamp and a boy—ἐπιδέομαι ὑμῶν ἐν τῇ σήμερον ἡμέρᾳ ἐν τῇ ἄρτι ὥρᾳ φανῆναι τῷ παιδὶ τούτῳ τὸ φῶς καὶ τὸν ἥλιον μαντεύσει. For the subst. μαντεία it is sufficient to cite OGIS 319.10 (ii/B.C.) κατὰ τὰς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἐν Δελφοῖς μαντείας, P Lond 46.50 (iv/A.D.) (= I. p. 66) ἡ μαντεία εὔτακτος ἀπεργάζεται.


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εμαντεύοντο μάντεις μαντεύεσθαί μαντευομενη μαντευομένη μαντευόμενοι μαντεύομενοι μαντευόμενος μαντευομένων μαντεύσασθαι μαντεύσησθε μάντευσον μάντιν manteuomene manteuomenē manteuoméne manteuoménē