Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2638: katalambano (pronounced kat-al-am-ban'-o)

from 2596 and 2983; to take eagerly, i.e. seize, possess, etc. (literally or figuratively):--apprehend, attain, come upon, comprehend, find, obtain, perceive, (over-)take.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to lay hold of

1a) to lay hold of so as to make one' s own, to obtain, attain to, to make one' s own, to take into one' s self, appropriate

1b) to seize upon, take possession of

1b1) of evils overtaking one, of the last day overtaking the wicked with destruction, of a demon about to torment one

1b2) in a good sense, of Christ by his holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it

1c) to detect, catch

1d) to lay hold of with the mind

1d1) to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: from G2596 and G2983


This word is used 15 times:

Mark 9:18: "And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and"
John 1:5: "and the darkness comprehended it not."
John 8:3: "unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set"
John 8:4: "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."
John 12:35: "light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in"
Acts 4:13: "and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and"
Acts 10:34: "and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no"
Acts 25:25: "But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death,"
Romans 9:30: "followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which"
1 Corinthians 9:24: "prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
Ephesians 3:18: "May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth,"
Philippians 3:12: "were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also"
Philippians 3:12: "I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:13: "count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,"
1 Thessalonians 5:4: "darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."

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