hodegeo (verb) – to be a guide or teacher, lead on one’s way, to give guidance
In Laymans Terms
This word seems to have more of the sense of leading someone along their way and implies very little real responsibility between the one leading and the one following. This word does not appear to imply an significant level of command authority.
From Strong’s Lexicon
- to be a guide, lead on one’s way, to guide
- to be a guide or a teacher
- to give guidance to
Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
From Theological Dictionary of the New Testament
ὀδηγέω is used in the lit. sense at Matthew 15:14b / Luke 6:39 of leading or escorting the blind, cf. also Revelation 7:17. The fig. sense “to instruct” is found in Acts 8:31 in the question of the treasurer: πῶς γὰρ ἂν δυναίμην ἐὰν μή τις ὁδηγήσει με;
ὁδηγέω also occurs in Jn. 16:13. Here, in the fifth and last of the Paraclete sayings, we read: ὅταν δὲ ἔλοθῃ ἐκεῖνος, τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας, ὁδηγήσε· ὑμᾶς εἱς τὴν ἀλήθειαν πᾶσαν. This reading suggests that ὁδηγέω should be taken in the sense “to lead,” “to guide”; the full truth—under the influence of the spatial metaphor of the way—is the goal to which the Spirit will lead the disciples.
Vol. 5: Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964- (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (100). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.