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Strong's #569 - ἀπιστέω

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  1. to betray a trust, be unfaithful
  2. to have no belief, disbelieve
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. Pass. ἀπιστηθήσομαι D.S. 32.10, but ἀπιστήσομαι in pass. sense, Pl. R. 450c:


1. to be ἄπιστος, and so: I disbelieve, distrust, ἐγὼ τὸ μὲν οὔ ποτ' ἀπίστεον Od. 13.339; τύχην ἀ. E. Alc. 1130; πάντα Ar. Ec. 775, cf. Th. 7.28 (s.v.l.), X. Ages. 5.6, 8.7: Pass., τὴν γνῶσιν τοῦ οἰκείου ἀπιστεῖσθαι was distrusted, i.e. no one could be sure of knowing, Th. 7.44; ἀ. ἐν μαρτυρίαις Antipho 2.2.7; ἐπειδὰν γνῶσιν ἀπιστούμενοι, οὐ φιλοῦσι τοὺς ἀπιστοῦντας X. Cyr. 7.2.17, cf. Hier. 4.1; ὑπὸ τῆς πατρίδος Id. Smp. 4.29, cf. Pl. Plt. 271b, Isoc. 5.49: but mostly,

2. c. dat. pers., κρατέουσιν Emp. 5.1, cf. Th. 8.83, Pl. Prt. 319b, etc.: so c. dat. rei, τῷ χρησμῷ Hdt. 1.158; πῶς ἀπιστήσω λόγοις; S. Ph. 1350, cf. Th. 6.86; .τῇ ἐξ αὑτῶν ξυνέσει Id. 3.37; τοῖς ἰάμασιν IG 4.951.24 (Epid.); ἡμῖν αὐτοῖς Arist. EN 1112b10; .τινί τι disbelieve one in a thing, Hdt. 3.122; περί τινος Id. 4.96; οἷς ἠπίστησαν ἔχειν.. whom they suspected of having, Plb. 4.18.8.

3. c. inf., οὐδέν σ' ἀπιστῶ καὶ δὶς οἰμῶξαι I nothing doubt that.., S. Aj. 940; ἀ. μὴ γενέσθαι τι to doubt that it could be, Th. 1.10; ἀπιστοῦντες αὐτὸν μὴ ἥξειν Id. 2.101, cf. 4.40, Pl. Plt. 301c, R. 555a; also ἀ. μὴ οὐκ ἐπιστήμη ᾖ ἡ ἀρετή Id. Men. 89d; ἀ. πῶς.. Phd. 73b; ἀ. εἰ.. APl. 4.52 (Phil.), Ph. 2.555; ὅτι.. Pl. Men. 89d; ὡς R. 450c: Pass., τὸ ἐπιτήδευμα ἀπιστεῖται μὴ δυνατὸν εἶναι it is not believed to be possible, Id. Lg. 839c, cf. Chrm. 168e.

4. abs., to be incredulous, Hdt. 8.94, cf. Mark 16:16, etc.; νᾶφε καὶ μέμνασ' ἀπιστεῖν Epich. 250; ἐπὶ τοῖς λεγομένοις Ph. 2.92.

II = ἀπειθέω,

1. disobey, τινί Hdt. 6.108, freq.in Trag.and Pl., A. Pr. 640, S. Ant. 381 (lyr.), Tr. 1183, 1224, Pl. Ap. 29c, al.: abs., to be disobedient, τοῖς ἀπιστοῦσιν τάδε in these things, S. Ant. 219, cf. 656; ἢν δ' ἀπιστῶσι but if they refuse to comply, E. Supp. 389, cf. Pl. Lg. 941c.

2. to be faithless, εἰ ἡμεῖς ἀπιστοῦμεν, ἐκεῖνος πιστὸς μένει 2 Timothy 2:13.

3. νεκρὸς τὸν θάνατον ἀπιστούμενος belying death, Polem. Call. 55.

III τὸ σῶμ' οὐκ ἀπιστήσω χθονί, i.e. I will not hesitate to commit it.., E. Heracl. 1024; τούτῳ ἠπίστησεν ἀποθανοῦσαν ἑαυτὴν ἐπιτρέψαι Lys. 31.21.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀπιστέω, ἀπίστω; (imperfect ἠπίστουν); 1 aorist ἠπίστησα; (ἄπιστος);

1. to betray a trust, be unfaithful: 2 Timothy 2:13 (opposed to πιστός μένει); Romans 3:3; (others deny this sense in the N. T.; cf. Morison or Meyer on Romans, the passage cited; Ellicott on 2 Timothy, the passage cited).

2. to have no belief, disbelieve: in the news of Christ's resurrection, Mark 16:11; Luke 24:41; with dative of person, Luke 24:11; in the tidings concerning Jesus the Messiah, Mark 16:16 (opposed to πιστεύω) (so 1 Peter 2:7 T Tr WH); Acts 28:24. (In Greek writings from Homer down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἀπιστέω , -

(< ἄπιστος ),

[in LXX: Wisdom of Solomon 1:2; Wisdom of Solomon 10:7; Wisdom of Solomon 12:17; Wisdom of Solomon 18:13, Sirach 1:27, 2 Maccabees 8:13 *;]

1. to disbelieve, be faithless: Mark 16:11; Mark 16:16, Luke 24:11; Luke 24:41, Acts 28:24, 1 Peter 2:7; so prob. also Romans 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13 (ICC, CGT, in ll; MM, s.v.).

2. = ἀπειθέω (Hdt.; on this sense in Ro, 2Ti, ll. c., v. Vaughan on Ro, l.c.; Lft., Notes, 265; Thayer, s.v.).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Oxy III. 471.4 (ii/A.D.) π ]ροσθήσω τι κύριε περ [ὶ οὗ ] θαυμάσεις οἶμαι καὶ ἀπι [στήσ ]εις ἕως ἂν τὰ γράμμ [ατα ἀνα ]γνῶν ̣μεν (with 2nd ν deleted and μεν written above), ";I will add a fact, my lord, which will, I expect excite your wonder and disbelief until we read the documents"; (Edd.). P Oxy II. 237v. 5 (A.D. 186) has τάχα ἀπιστεύσας εἰ κτλ. : here we must assume a momentary slip of spelling with πιστεύω in mind—of course ἀπιστεύω is an impossible word even in papyri. Syll 802.24 (dialect, iii/B.C.) ἀπίστει τοῖς ἰάμασιν καὶ ὑποδιέσυρε τὰ ἐπιγράμμα [τ ]α, said of a sceptic at the Asclepios temple in Epidaurus. So lines 30, 31. The appearance of the word for ";incredulity"; helps the case for ἀπειθέω as retaining its proper force.


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List of Word Forms
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