peitharcheo (greek) – Strong’s 3980

peitharcheo (verb) – obey, followed

In Laymans Terms

This is a compound word composed of peitho (Strong’s 3982) and archo (Strong’s 757). It denotes obedience to an authority. The word archo is the verb form of the word archon which is one of the primary nouns used to denote a ruler (as in a government official or other ruler with a specific sphere of authority).

From Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon

  1. To obey (a ruler or a superior)

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

From Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

In the NT peitharcheo denotes obedience due both to men and to God. Tt. 3:1 refers to the former (obedience to men) and rather less forceful is the saying in Ac. 27:21 (where we see it translated as followed), where the meaning is simply “to heed or follow the admonition”. Obedience in the full sense, however, is at issue in the well-known saying in Ac. 5:29 and 5:32.

Vol. 6: Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964- (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (9–10). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

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