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Obtain, Obtaining

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A — 1: τυγχάνω

(Strong's #5177 — Verb — tunchano — toong-khan'-o )

"to meet with, light upon," also signifies "to obtain, attain to, reach, get" (with regard to things), translated "to obtain" in Acts 26:22 , of "the help that is from God;" 2 Timothy 2:10 , of "the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory;" Hebrews 8:6 , of the ministry obtained by Christ; Hebrews 11:35 , of "a better resurrection." See CHANCE.

A — 2: ἐπιτυγχάνω

(Strong's #2013 — Verb — epitunchano — ep-ee-toong-khan'-o )

primarily, "to light upon" (epi, "upon," and No. 1), denotes "to obtain," Romans 11:7 (twice); Hebrews 6:15; 11:33; James 4:2 .

A — 3: λαγχάνω

(Strong's #2975 — Verb — lanchano — lang-khan'-o )

"to obtain by lot," is translated "that have obtained" in 2 Peter 1:1; in Acts 1:17 , AV, "had obtained" (RV, "received"), with kleros, "a lot" or "portion." See LOTS.

A — 4: κτάομαι

(Strong's #2932 — Verb — ktaomai — ktah'-om-ahee )

"to procure for oneself, get, gain, acquire," is translated "obtained" in Acts 1:18 , RV (AV, "purchased"); Acts 8:20 , RV (AV, "may be purchased"); Acts 22:28 . See POSSESS , PROVIDE , PURCHASE.

A — 5: κρατέω

(Strong's #2902 — Verb — krateo — krat-eh'-o )

"to be strong," also means "to get possession of, obtain," e.g., in Acts 27:13 , "they had obtained (their purpose)." See HOLD.

A — 6: λαμβάνω

(Strong's #2983 — Verb — lambano — lam-ban'-o )

"to take, to receive," is translated by the verb "to obtain" in 1 Corinthians 9:25; Philippians 3:12 , RV, "(not that) I have (already) obtained" (contrast katantao, "to attain," Philippians 3:11 ); Moule translates it "not that I have already received," i.e., the prize; the verb does not signify "to attain;" Hebrews 4:16 , AV, "obtain." See ACCEPT , No. 4.

A — 7: εὑρίσκω

(Strong's #2147 — Verb — heurisko — hyoo-ris'-ko )

denotes "to find;" in the Middle Voice, "to find for oneself, to procure, get, obtain," with the suggestion of accomplishing the end which had been in view; so in Hebrews 9:12 , "having obtained (eternal redemption)." Notes: (1) In 1 Corinthians 9:24 , AV, katalambano, a strengthened form of No. 6 (kata, used intensively), is translated "obtain" (RV, "attain"). (2) In Hebrews 11:2,4,39 , AV, martureo, "to bear witness," and in the Passive Voice, "to have witness borne to one," is translated "to obtain" a good report, or "to obtain" witness (RV, "had witness borne"). See WITNESS. (3) For the AV of Hebrews 1:4 , "He hath by inheritance obtained" (RV, "He hath inherited"), and of Ephesians 1:11 , see INHERIT. (4) For the phrase "to obtain mercy," the Passive Voice of eleeo in Matthew 5:7; Romans 11:30,31; 1 Corinthians 7:25; 2 Corinthians 4:1 (RV); 1 Timothy 1:13,16; 1 Peter 2:10 (twice), see MERCY.

B — 1: περιποίησις

(Strong's #4047 — Noun Feminine — peripoiesis — per-ee-poy'-ay-sis )

lit., "a making around" (peri, "around," poieo, "to do or make"), denotes (a) "the act of obtaining" anything, as of salvation in its completeness, 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; (b) "a thing acquired, an acquisition, possession," Ephesians 1:14 , RV, "(God's own) possession" [some would put this under (a)]; so 1 Peter 2:9 , RV, AV, "a peculiar (people);" cp. Isaiah 43:21; (c) preservation; this may be the meaning in Hebrews 10:39 , "saving" (RV marg., "gaining"); cp. the corresponding verb in Luke 17:33 (in the best texts), "preserve." In the Sept. the noun has the meaning (b) in Haggai 2:10; Malachi 3:17 , (c) in 2 Chronicles 14:13 .

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Obtain, Obtaining'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/o/obtain-obtaining.html. 1940.

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