huperecho (greek) – Strong’s 5242

huperecho (verb) – higher, better, excellency, supreme

From Strong’s Lexicon

  1. to have or hold over one
  2. to stand out, rise above, overtop
    1. to be above, be superior in rank, authority, power
      1. the prominent men, rulers
    2. to excel, to be superior, better than, to surpass

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

From Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary

lit. means “to hold or have above” (huper, “above,” echo, “to hold”); hence, metaphorically, to be superior to, to be better than, Phil. 2:3; 1 Pet. 2:13, “supreme,” in reference to kings; in Rom. 13:1, “higher”; Phil. 3:8, “excellency,” more strictly “the surpassing thing, (namely, the knowledge of Christ)”; in 4:7 passeth.

Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vol. 2: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (64). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

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