Catch - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G726, harpazo ]
to snatch or catch away," is said of the act of the Spirit of the Lord in regard to Philip in Acts 8:39; of Paul in being "caught" up to paradise, 2 Corinthians 12:2, 2 Corinthians 12:4; of the Rapture of the saints at the return of the Lord, 1 Thessalonians 4:17; of the rapture of the man child in the vision of Revelation 12:5. This verb conveys the idea of force suddenly exercised, as in Matthew 11:12, "take (it) by force;" Matthew 12:29, "spoil" (some mss. have diarpazo here); in Matthew 13:19, RV, "snatcheth;" for forceful seizure, See also John 6:15; John 10:12, John 10:28-John 10:29; Acts 23:10; in Jude 1:23, RV, "snatching." See PLUCK, PULL, SNATCH, TAKE (by force).

[ 2,,G2983, lambano ]
"to receive," is once used of "catching" by fraud, circumventing, 2 Corinthians 12:16. In Matthew 21:39; Mark 12:3, RV "took," for AV "caught." See ACCEPT, No. 4.

[ 3,,G4, agreuo ]
"to take by hunting" (from agra, "a hunt, a catch"), is used metaphorically, of the Pharisees and Herodians in seeking to catch Christ in His talk, Mark 12:13.

[ 4,,G2340, thereuo ]
"to hunt or catch wild beasts" (therion, "a wild beast"), is used by Luke of the same event as in No. 3, Luke 11:54.

[ 5,,G221, zogreo ]
"to take alive:" See CAPTIVE, B, No. 3.

[ 6,,G4084, piazo ]
"to capture:" See APPREHEND, No. 2.

[ 7,,G4884, sunarpazo ]
sun, used intensively, and No. 1, "to snatch, to seize, to keep a firm grip of," is used only by Luke, and translated "caught" in the AV of Luke 8:29, of demon-possession; in Acts 6:12, of the act of the elders and scribes in seizing Stephen, RV, more suitably, "seized." So in Acts 19:29. In Acts 27:15, it is used of the effects of wind upon a ship. See SEIZE.

[ 8,,G4815, sullambano ]
sun, and No. 2, "to seize," is used, similarly to No. 7, in Acts 26:21, of the act of the Jews in seizing Paul in the temple. See CONCEIVE, HELP, SEIZE, TAKE.

[ 9,,G1949, epilambano ]
"to lay hold" (epi, intensive, and No. 2), is translated "caught" in Acts 16:19, AV; RV, "laid hold." See HOLD, TAKE.

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