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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary Greek Lexicon
Strong's #816 - ἀτενίζω
- to fix the eyes on, gaze upon
- to look into anything
- metaph. to fix one's mind on one as an example
1. look intently, gaze earnestly, τοῖς ὄμμασιν stare, Hp. Epid. 7.10; εἴς τι Arist. Mete. 343b12; πρός τι Id. Pr. 959a24; of the eyes, ἀτενίζοντες αὐτῷ Luke 4:20, cf. Acts 23:1, Placit. 1.7; εἴς τι Plb. 6.11.12, J. BJ 5.12.3, S.E. P. 1.75, etc.; εἴς τινα Acts 6:15; εἰς τὸν θεόν Them. Or. 4.51b; πρὸς τὸ ἐκείνου πρόσωπον Luc. Merc.Cond. 11: abs., also of the eyes, Arist. Pr. 957b18: — Pass., to be gazed upon, APl. 4.204 (Praxit.).
II metaph. of the mind, ἀ. τὴν διάνοιαν πρός τι Arist. Ph. 192a15; εἰς τὴν προαίρεσιν ἀτενίζοντα πράττειν Phld. Ir. p.96 W.; to be obstinate, Lync. ap. Ath. 7.313f.
ἀτενίζω; 1 aorist ἠτενισα; (from ἀτενής stretched, intent, and this from τείνω and ἆ intensive; (yet cf. Winers Grammar, § 16, 4; Buttmann, a. at the end, and under the word Alfa Α, ἆ, 3)); to fix the eyes on, gaze upon: with the dative of person, Luke 4:20; Luke 22:58; Acts 3:12; Acts 10:4; Acts 14:9; Acts 23:1; followed by εἰς with an accusative of person, Acts 3:4; Acts 6:15; Acts 13:9; metaphorically, to fix one's mind on one as an example, Clement of Rome, 1 Cor. 9, 2 [ET]; εἰς τί, Acts 1:10; Acts 7:55; 2 Corinthians 3:7, 13; εἰς τί, to look into anything, Acts 11:6. (3Macc. 2:26. (Aristotle), Polybius 6, 11, 5 (i. e. 6, 11a, 12 Dindorf); Diodorus 3, 39 (Dindorf ἐνατενίζω); Josephus, b. j. 5, 12, 3; Lucian, cont. 16, others.)
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(< ἀτενής , strained, intent; < τείνω ),
[in LXX: 1 Esdras 6:28, 3 Maccabees 2:26 *;]
to look fixedly, gaze (MM, s.v.): c. dat. pers., gaze upon: Luke 4:20; Luke 22:56, Acts 3:12; Acts 10:4; Acts 14:9; Acts 23:1; seq. εἰς , c. acc pers., Acts 3:4; Acts 6:15; Acts 13:9; metaph., Acts 1:10; Acts 7:55; Acts 11:6, 2 Corinthians 3:7; 2 Corinthians 3:13.†
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For this characteristically Lukan word cf. the Leiden occult papyrus W xvi. 8 f. εἰσελθόντος δὲ τοῦ θεοῦ μὴ ἐνατένιζε τῇ ὄψει , ἀλλὰ τῆς (l. τοῖς ) ποσί . The intensive meaning, which underlies the NT usage, comes out in the description of Thecla’s rapt attention to Paul’s teaching—ἀτενίζουσα ὡς πρὸς εὐφρασίαν (Acta Pauli viii.).
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