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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Greek word: κλυζω
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κλυζω

The verb κλυζω (kluzo) doesn't occur in the Bible but is the root of several words that do. It describes a behavior of the sea, namely its surging and subsequently washing away of things.

Metaphorically, this verb may be used in the sense of washing or purging or rinsing, and may even denote a (lavishly) coating with wax. In the Bible the following derivatives occur:

  • The noun κλυδων (kludon), denoting the raging of the sea; a tempest. In the New Testament this word occurs only in Luke 8:24 and James 1:6 but the Septuagint uses it in Jonah 1:4 and 1:11-12.
  • The secondarily derived verb κλυδωνιζομαι (kludonizomai), meaning to be tossed about by the raging of the sea (Ephesians 4:14 only).
  • Together with the prefix κατα (kata), meaning down from or down upon, the verb κατακλυζω (katakluzo), meaning to dash down upon or to overflow, to totally flood (2 Peter 3:6 only).

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