hupakouo (greek) – Strong’s 5219

hupakouo (verb) – obey, obeyed, obeying

In Laymans Terms

This is the word used when the expectation of obedience is required. It is used when command authority is present and the party who is requested to obey is expected to obey because they are commanded to do so. This word is clear cut.

From Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon

  1. To listen, to hearken
    1. of the one who on the knock at the door comes to listen to who it is, (the duty of a porter)
  2. To hearken to a command
    1. to obey, be obedient to, submit to

Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

From Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

This obedience first relates to persons such as children, slaves or wives who stand in a divinely willed relation of subordination (Eph. 6:1, 5; Col. 3:20, 22; 1 Pt. 3:6). It can thus also describe the relation of demons (Mk. 1:27) or nature (Mk. 4:41) to the omnipotence of Jesus and the authoritative faith of the disciples (Lk. 17:6).

Vol. 1: Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964- (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (223–224). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

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