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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

Strong's #3444 - μορφή

perhaps from the base of (G3313) (through the idea of adjustment of parts)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
  1. the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision
  2. external appearance
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2122 ‑ זִיו (zeev);  6754 ‑ צֶלֶם (tseh'‑lem);  8389 ‑ תֹּאַר (to'‑ar);  8403 ‑ תַּבְנִית (tab‑neeth');  8544 ‑ תִּמֻנָה (tem‑oo‑naw', tem‑oo‑naw');  
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KJV (3)
NAS (3)
HCS (3)
BSB (3)
ESV (3)
WEB (3)
Verse Results
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

μορφ-ή, ἡ,

1. form, shape, twice in Hom. (not in Hes.), σοὶ δ' ἔπι μὲν μορφὴ ἐπέων thou hast comeliness of words, Od. 11.367 (cf. Eust. ad loc.); so prob. ἄλλος μὲν.. εἶδος ἀκιδνότερος πέλει ἀνήρ, ἀλλὰ θεὸς μορφὴν ἔπεσι στέφει God adds a crown of shapeliness to his words, Od. 8.170: freq. later, μορφὰς δύο ὀνομάζειν Parm. 8.53; μορφὴν ἀλλάξαντα Emp. 137.1; μορφὰν βραχύς Pi. I. 4(3).53; μορφῆς μέτρα shape and size, E. Alc. 1063: periphr., μορφῆς φύσις A. Supp. 496; μορφῆς σχῆμα, τύπωμα, E. Ion 992, Ph. 162; τὴν αὐτὴν τοῦ σχήματος μορφήν Arist. PA 640b34; καὶ Γαῖα, πολλῶν ὀνομάτων μ. μία A. Pr. 212; ὀνειράτων ἀλίγκιοι μορφαῖσιν ib. 449; νυκτέρων φαντασμάτων ἔχουσι μορφάς Id. Fr. 312; προὔπεμψεν ἀντὶ φιλτάτης μ. σποδόν S. El. 1159; of plants, Thphr. HP 1.1.12 (pl.); esp. with ref. to beauty of form, ὑπέρφατον μορφᾷ Pi. O. 9.65; οἷς ποτιστάξῃ χάρις εὐκλέα μ. ib. 6.76, cf. IG 42 (1).121.119 (Epid., iv B. C.), LXX To. 1.13, Vett.Val. 1.6, etc.; σῶμα μορφῆς ἐμῆς OGI 383.41 (Commagene, i B. C.); μορφῆς εἰκόνας ib.27; χαρακτῆρα μορφῆς ἐμῆς ib.60.

2. generally, form, fashion, appearance, A. Pr. 78, S. Tr. 699, El. 199 (lyr.); outward form, opp. εἶδος, ἑκατέρω τῶ εἴδεος πολλαὶ μ. Philol. 5; ἀλλάττοντα τὸ αὑτοῦ εἶδος εἰς πολλὰς μορφάς Pl. R. 380d; μ. θεῶν X. Mem. 4.3.13, cf. Philippians 2:6, Dam. Pr. 304; ἡρώων εἴδεα καὶ μορφάς A.R. 4.1193; κατά τε μορφὰς καὶ φωνάς gesticulations and cries, D.H. 14.9; τὴν μ. μελάγχρους, τῇ μ. μελίχροας, in complexion, Ptol. Tetr. 143, 144.

3. kind, sort, E. Ion 382, 1068 (lyr.), Pl. R. 397c, etc. (Possibly cogn. with Lat. forma for morg[uglide]hmâ, with f by dissimilation, cf. μύρμηξ.)

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μορφή , -ῆς , ,

[in LXX: Judges 8:18 A (H8389), Job 4:16 (H8544), Isaiah 44:13 (H8403), Da LXX Daniel 3:19 (H6754), Da TH Daniel 4:33; Daniel 5:6; Daniel 5:9-10; Daniel 7:28 (H2122), Tobit 1:13, Wisdom of Solomon 18:1, 4 Maccabees 15:4 *;]

form, shape, appearance (Hom., Eur., . sch., al.); in philos. lang. the specific character or essential form (Arist., v. Gifford, Inc., 26 ff.) : Mark 16:12, Philippians 2:6-7.†

SYN.: μόρφωσις G3446, the outline, delineation, semblance of the μορφή G3444, as distinct from the μ . itself (Lft., Notes, 262); σχῆμα G4976, shape, fashion, disting. from μορφή as the outward and accidental from the inward and essential (cf. Tr., Syn., § LXX; Lft., Phi., 125 ff.; Gifford., Inc., l.c.).

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Without entering into the discussion as to whether this term when applied to Zenas in Titus 3:13 implies in his case a knowledge of Roman or Hebrew law, it may be noted that exx. of the former sense can be readily produced from the papyri and inscrr. : see e.g. BGU I. 326ii. 22 (ii/A.D.) where a certain Gaius Lucius Geminianus, νομικὸς Ῥωμαϊκός, certifies that he bas examined the copy of a will, and finds that it corresponds with the original : cf. Mommsen’s commentary ad l. in the Berliner Sitzungsberichte, 1894, p. 4, n..1, where a number of instances of νομικός, ";lawyer,"; are cited from Greek inscrr. of the Imperial age. See also Magn 191.4 (time of Antonines) a decree honouring Ζώβιον Διοσκουρίδου νομικὸν ζήσαντα κοσμίως, and PAS ii. p. 137 (Imperial period) Λ. Μαλίῳ Μαξίμῳ νομικῷ. In P Oxy II. 237viii. 2 (A.D. 186) we have the copy of an answer by a νομικόςἀντίγραφον προσφω ̣ν ̣[ήσεως νομ ]ικοῦ —to a technical question addressed to him by the presiding magistrate, which prepares us for the frequent appointment of νομικοί as ";assessors,"; where ";the judge was a soldier and therefore not a legal expert"; : see GH ad I. and cf. CPR I. 18.24 (A.D. 124) (= Chrest. II. p. 93) Βλαίσιος Μαριανὸς ἔπαρχος. . συνλαλήσας Ἀρτε [μι ]δ [ώρῳ τ ]ῷ νομ [ι ]κῷ [π ]ε [ρὶ το ]ῦ πράγματος, [πη ]γόρευσεν ἀπό [φασιν ἣ καὶ ἀν ]ε [γ ]νώσθ [η, P Cattaouiiii. 18 (ii/A.D.) (= Archiv iii. p. 59, Chrest. II. p. 421) Λοῦπ [ος ] λαλήσας μετὰ τῶν νομικῶν εἶπεν κτλ. The term is also applied to a private notary, as in BGU I. 361iii. 2 (A.D. 184) ὁ νομικὸς ὁ τὴν οἰκονομίαν γράψας : and for the corresponding νομογράφος cf. P Fay 28.15 (A.D. 150–1) ( = Selections, p. 82) ἔγραψ [ε ]ν ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν Ἀμμώνιος νομογ (ράφος). On the late variant νομικάριος for νομικός see P Oxy XII. 1416.21 (c. A.D. 299) with the editors’ note.


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μορφη μορφή μορφῇ μορφην μορφήν μορφὴν morphe morphē morphêi morphē̂i morphen morphēn morphḕn
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