Look (for), Looking (after, for) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Look (for), Looking (after, for)

[ A-1,Verb,G4328, prosdokao ]
to await, expect" (pros, "to" or "towards," dokeo, "to think, be of opinion"), is translated "to look for," e.g., in Matthew 11:3; 2 Peter 3:12-14; the RV renders it by the verb "to expect, to be in expectation," in some instances, as does the AV in Luke 3:15; Acts 3:5, See EXPECT.

[ A-2,Verb,G4327, prosdechomai ]
"to receive favorably," also means "to expect," and is rendered "to look for," e.g., in Luke 2:38; Luke 23:51; Acts 24:15, RV (AV, "allow"); Titus 2:13; Jude 1:21. See ACCEPT, A, No. 3, ALLOW, No. 4.

[ A-3,Verb,G1551, ekdechomai ]
primarily "to receive from another," hence, "to expect, to await," is translated "he looked for" in Hebrews 11:10; in 1 Corinthians 16:11, AV, "I look for" (RV, "I expect"). See EXPECT, No. 1.


(1) In Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 9:28, AV, apekdechomai (the verb in the preceding No. extended by apo, "from"), "to await" or "expect eagerly," is translated "look for" (RV, "wait for;" so AV everywhere else). See WAIT.

(2) In Acts 28:6, AV, prosdokao, "to expect," is translated "they looked" (RV, "they expected"), and "they had looked" (RV, "they were long in expectation").

[ B-1,Noun,G4329, prosdokia ]
akin to A, No. 1, is translated "a looking after" in Luke 21:26, AV ("expectation," as in Acts 12:11, AV and RV). See EXPECTATION.

[ B-2,Noun,G1561, ekdoche ]
akin to A, No. 3, is translated "looking for" in Hebrews 10:27, AV. See EXPECTATION.

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