Hebrews 12:15

Hebrews 12:15 (KJV 1900) — 15 Looking diligently [episkopeo (ἐπισκοπέω, 1983)] lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

  • episkopeo (ἐπισκοπέω, 1983), lit., “to look upon” (epi, “upon,” skopeo, “to look at, contemplate”), is found in 1 Pet. 5:2 (some ancient authorities omit it), “exercising the oversight,” rv (kjv, “taking …”); “exercising” is the right rendering; the word does not imply the entrance upon such responsibility, but the fulfillment of it. It is not a matter of assuming a position, but of the discharge of the duties. The word is found elsewhere in Heb. 12:15, “looking carefully,” rv. See look. Cf. episkope in 1 Tim. 3:1 (see bishop, No. 2). 
  • LOOK 13. episkopeo (πισκοπέω, 1983), lit., “to look upon” (epi, and No. 12), is rendered “looking carefully” in Heb. 12:15, rv (kjv, “looking diligently”), epi being probably intensive here; in 1 Pet. 5:2, “to exercise the oversight, to visit, care for.” - OVERSIGHT (exercise, take)
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