2428. hiketéria
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hiketéria: supplication
Original Word: ἱκετηρία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: hiketéria
Phonetic Spelling: (hik-et-ay-ree'-ah)
Short Definition: supplication, entreaty
Definition: (originally: the olive branch held in the hand of the suppliant), supplication, entreaty.

HELPS word-Studies

2428 hiketēría – properly, an olive branch; (figuratively) earnest supplication for peace (relief, reconciliation), used only in Heb 5:7.

[This is also the regular meaning of this term in secular antiquity, BAGD.]

Heb 5:7: "In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications (2428 /hiketēría) with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety" (NASU).

Jesus' supplications underline His unfathomable humility in identifying with our great need!

[An olive branch, held in the hand of a suppliant, showed heartfelt "supplication, entreaty" (Souter). 2428 (hiketēría) in ancient times was frequently used of a suppliant carrying an olive branch as a token for "seeking peace."]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from hiketérios; from adjective hiketés (a suppliant)
NASB Translation
supplications (1).

STRONGS NT 2428: ἱκετήριος

ἱκετήριος, ἱκετηρία, ἱκετηριον (ἱκέτης a suppliant), pertaining to a suppliant, fit for a suppliant; ἱκετηρία, as a substantive, namely, ἐλαία or ῤάβδος;

1. an olive-branch; for suppliants approached the one whose aid they would implore holding an olive-branch entwined with white wool and fillets, to signify that they came as suppliants (cf. Trench, § 51, under the end): λαμβάνειν ἱκετηριαν, Herodotus 5, 51; ἱκετηριαν τιθέναι or προβάλλεσθαι παρά τίνι, etc.

2. equivalent to ἱκεσία, supplication (Isocrates, p. 186 d. vat.; Polybius; 2 Macc. 9:18): plural joined with δεήσεις (Polybius 3, 112, 8; singular Job 40:22, the Sept.), Hebrews 5:7.


From a derivative of the base of hikanos (through the idea of approaching for a favor); intreaty -- supplication.

see GREEK hikanos

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