4395. prophéteuó
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prophéteuó: to foretell, tell forth, prophesy
Original Word: προφητεύω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: prophéteuó
Phonetic Spelling: (prof-ate-yoo'-o)
Short Definition: I foretell, prophesy
Definition: I foretell, prophesy; I set forth matter of divine teaching by special faculty.

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Cognate: 4395 prophēteúō (from 4253 /pró, "before" and 5346 /phēmí, "assert by elevating one statement over another") – properly, "speak forth" in divinely-empowered forthtelling or foretelling; prophesy.

In the NT, prophesy (4395 /prophēteúō) occurs 28 times, usually of forthtelling which reveals the mind (message) of God in a particular situation. 4395 /prophēteúō ("prophesy") can also refer to foretelling, i.e. predicting the future as the Lord reveals it.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from prophétés
to foretell, tell forth, prophesy
NASB Translation
prophesied (5), prophesies (3), prophesy (16), prophesying (3), prophetesses (1).

STRONGS NT 4395: προφητεύω

προφητεύω; future προφητεύσω; imperfect προεφήτευον (Acts 19:6 R G) and ἐπροφήτευον (ibid. L T Tr WH; (1 Kings 22:12); Jer. (); ); 1 aorist προεφήτευσα (R G in Matthew 7:22; Matthew 11:13; Matthew 15:7; Mark 7:6; Luke 1:67; (John 11:51; Jude 1:14)) and ἐπροφήτευσα (which form codex Sinaiticus gives everywhere, and T Tr WH have everywhere restored, and Lachmann also with the single exception of Jude 1:14; add, Sir. 48:13; 1 Esdr. 6:1; Jeremiah 33:9, 11, 20; Jeremiah 26:9, 11, 20; Jeremiah 35:8 (); (); the Alexandrian translators more common use the forms προεφήτευον, προεφήτευσα, perfect participle προπεφητευκως, Eus. h. e. 5, 17; perfect passive infinitive προπεφητευσθαι, Clement of Alexandria, strom., p. 603; on the forms used by Justin Martyr, see Otto's prolegomena to his works, I. i., p. lxxv, edition 3; cf. (WH. Justin Martyr, see Otto's prolegomena to his works, I. i., p. cxxv, edition 3; cf. (WHs Appendix, p. 162; Veitch, under the word); Winers Grammar, § 12, 5; (Buttmann, 35 (30f)); cf. Fritzsche on Mark, p. 268; (Sophocles' Lexicon, under the word)); (προφήτης, which see); the Sept. for נִבָּא and הִתְנַבֵּא; Vulg.propheto (three timesprophetizo); to prophesy, i. e. to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspiration; to predict (Herodotus, Pindar, Euripides, Plato, Plutarch, others);

a. universally, Matthew 7:22.

b. with the idea of foretelling future events pertaining especially to the kingdom of God: Matthew 11:13; Acts 2:17, 18; Acts 21:9; περί τίνος, Matthew 15:7; Mark 7:6; 1 Peter 1:10; ἐπί τίνι, over i. e. concerning one (see ἐπί, B. 2 f. β'., p. 234a), Revelation 10:11; εἰς τινα (i. e. Christ), the Epistle of Barnabas 5, 6 [ET]; προφητεύειν followed by λέγων, with the words uttered by the prophet, Jude 1:14; followed by ὅτι, John 11:51.

c. to utter forth, declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation: Matthew 26:68; Mark 14:65; Luke 22:64, cf. 7:39; John 4:19.

d. to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse or in praise of the divine counsels: Luke 1:67; Acts 19:6 (1 Samuel 10:10, 11; 1 Samuel 19:20, 21, etc.); — or, under the like prompting, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others (see προφήτης, II. 1 f.), 1 Corinthians 11:4, 5; 1 Corinthians 13:9; 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3, 4, 5, 24, 31, 39.

e. to act as a prophet, discharge the prophetic office: Revelation 11:3. (On the word see Trench, N. T. Synonyms, § vi.)


From prophetes; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office -- prophesy.

see GREEK prophetes

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