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Strong’s number: G4747
Greek Lexical Dictionary: Strong’s #4747 – στοιχεῖον
Greek Word: στοιχεῖον, ου, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (stoy-khi’-on)
Quick Definition: one of a row, a letter (of the alphabet), the elements (of knowledge)
Usage: (a) plur: the heavenly bodies, (b) a rudiment, an element, a rudimentary principle, an elementary rule.
Etymology: from stoichos (a row)
NASB Translation: elemental things (2), elementary principles (2), elementary* (1), elements (2), principles (1).
New Testament Usage
Gal 4:3; Gal 4:9; Col 2:8; Col 2:20;
Heb 5:12; 2Pe 3:10; 2Pe 3:12.
Not used in the Septuagint.
Englishman’s concordance: στοιχεῖον (stoicheion)
- any first thing, from which the others belonging to some series or composite whole take their rise, an element, first principal
- the letters of the alphabet as the elements of speech, not however the written characters, but the spoken sounds
- the elements from which all things have come, the material causes of the universe
- the heavenly bodies, either as parts of the heavens or (as others think) because in them the elements of man, life and destiny were supposed to reside
- the elements, rudiments, primary and fundamental principles of any art, science, or discipline
- i.e. of mathematics, Euclid’s geometry
Strongs G4747: Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4748; something orderly in arrangement, that is, (by implication) a serial (basal, fundamental, initial) constituent (literally), proposition (figuratively): – element, principle, rudiment.
Mounce G4747: principle, basic principle; element (of nature); elementary truths
Related Words: G4748;
Hebrew equivalent words:
Precepts Austin: stoicheion
A stoicheion was originally a line of things as for example a line of soldiers, but came to refer to the ABC’s, and then to any elementary knowledge. Stoicheion also refers to any first thing from which the others belonging to some series or composite whole take their rise. It originally denoted the line (rank) of elements and hence, the basic order of a structure. Stoicheia (plural, “elements”) therefore can refer to the basic constituents (make up) of the cosmic and human order.
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