Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2647: kataluo (pronounced kat-al-oo'-o)

from 2596 and 3089; to loosen down (disintegrate), i.e. (by implication) to demolish (literally or figuratively); specially (compare 2646) to halt for the night:--destroy, dissolve, be guest, lodge, come to nought, overthrow, throw down.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to dissolve, disunite

1a) (what has been joined together), to destroy, demolish

1b) metaphorically to overthrow, i.e. render vain, deprive of success, bring to naught

1b1) to subvert, overthrow

1b1a) of institutions, forms of government, laws, etc., to deprive of force, annul, abrogate, discard

1c) of travellers, to halt on a journey, to put up, lodge (the figurative expression originating in the circumstance that, to put up for the night, the straps and packs of the beasts of burden are unbound and taken off; or, more correctly from the fact that the traveller' s garments, tied up when he is on the journey, are unloosed at it end)

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: from G2596 and G3089

Citing in TDNT: 4:338, 543


This word is used 17 times:

Matthew 5:17: "not that I am come to destroy the law, or the"
Matthew 5:17: "prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."
Matthew 24:2: "one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Matthew 26:61: "this fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and"
Matthew 27:40: "And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in"
Mark 13:2: "one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Mark 14:58: "him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and"
Mark 15:29: "and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest"
Luke 9:12: "the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get"
Luke 19:7: "saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner."
Luke 21:6: "one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Acts 5:38: "work be of men, it will come to nought:"
Acts 5:39: "of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found"
Acts 6:14: "this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change"
Romans 14:20: "For meat destroy not the work of God. All things"
2 Corinthians 5:1: "earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God,"
Galatians 2:18: "again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor."

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