Obtain, Obtaining - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Obtain, Obtaining

[ A-1,Verb,G5177, tunchano ]
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,Verb,G2013, epitunchano ]
primarily, "to light upon" (epi, "upon," and No. 1), denotes "to obtain," Romans 11:7 (twice); Hebrews 6:15; Hebrews 11:33; James 4:2.

[ A-3,Verb,G2975, lanchano ]
"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,Verb,G2932, ktaomai ]
"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,Verb,G2902, krateo ]
"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,Verb,G2983, lambano ]
"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,Verb,G2147, heurisko ]
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, Hebrews 11:4, Hebrews 11:39, 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-Romans 11:31; 1 Corinthians 7:25; 2 Corinthians 4:1 (RV); 1 Timothy 1:13, 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 Peter 2:10 (twice), See MERCY.

[ B-1,Noun,G4047, peripoiesis ]
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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