Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2749: keimai (pronounced ki'-mahee)

middle voice of a primary verb; to lie outstretched (literally or figuratively):--be (appointed, laid up, made, set), lay, lie. Compare 5087.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to lie

1a) of an infant

1b) of one buried

1c) of things that quietly cover some spot

1c1) of a city situated on a hill

1d) of things put or set in any place, in ref. to which we often use "to stand"

1d1) of vessels, of a throne, of the site of a city, of grain and other things laid up together, of a foundation

2) metaphorically

2a) to be (by God' s intent) set, i.e. destined, appointed

2b) of laws, to be made, laid down

2c) lies in the power of the evil one, i.e. is held in subjection by the devil

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: middle voice of a primary verb

Citing in TDNT: 3:654, 425


This word is used 26 times:

Matthew 3:10: "also the axe is laid unto the root of the"
Matthew 5:14: "of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot"
Matthew 28:6: "where the Lord lay."
Luke 2:12: "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
Luke 2:16: "and the babe lying in a manger."
Luke 2:34: "mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again"
Luke 3:9: "also the axe is laid unto the root of the"
Luke 12:19: "thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease,"
Luke 23:53: "wherein never man before was laid."
Luke 24:12: "he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering"
John 2:6: "And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after"
John 11:41: "the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up"
John 19:29: "Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled"
John 20:5: "and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in."
John 20:6: "seeth the linen clothes lie,"
John 20:7: "his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but"
John 20:12: "the body of Jesus had lain."
John 21:9: "to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon,"
1 Corinthians 3:11: "no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 3:15: "Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart."
Philippians 1:17: "love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel."
1 Thessalonians 3:3: "yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto."
1 Timothy 1:9: "that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and"
1 John 5:19: "the whole world lieth in wickedness."
Revelation 4:2: "and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat"
Revelation 21:16: "And the city lieth foursquare, and the length"

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