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Regard (2233) (hegeomai from ágo = to lead) primarily signifies to lead or go before -- to be a leader, one who commands, supervises; one in authority over (cp Mt 2:6, Acts 7:10, 15:22, Lk 22:26, He 13:7, 17, 24); to rule over, with the implication of providing direction and leadership.

Hegeomai comes to mean in a figurative sense to lead out before the mind - to consider (), regard (Acts 14:12), to think about and come to a conclusion, to consider in a particular way, to hold a view or have an opinion with regard to something. The sense of this meaning is to engage in an intellectual process (eg, 2Co 9:5, Php 2:25, 2Pe 1:13)

Hegeomai was a mathematical term conveying the idea "Think about it and come to a conclusion."

Friberg - (1) in the NT, as a present participle (leading, governing) (Acts 15.22); participle as a substantive = the leader (Acts 14.12); plural = the (community) leaders (Heb 13.7); (2) as making a decision after weighing the facts or circumstances consider, think, have an opinion (James 1.2); regard, esteem with a double accusative (Phil 2.3)

BDAG (Summarized) 1. to be in a supervisory capacity, lead, guide (Lk 22:26, Mt 2:6, Ezek 43:7); 2. to engage in an intellectual process, think, consider, regard (2Cor 9:5, Php 2:25, 2Pe 1:13, Job 19:11)

Wuest - Heurisko means “to find, to come upon, to find a thing sought, to discover.” In the middle voice it means “to find for one’s self, to acquire, obtain, procure.” The word thus speaks of the act, not merely of obtaining something, but of seeking for something, of finding it, and then of appropriating it.

James in one of better known uses of hegeomai encourages his readers to "think about their trials and come to the proper conclusion" regarding their value writing...

Consider (hegeomai - aorist imperative = Command to do this now and do it effectively) it all joy, my brethren, when (not if but when = they are coming!) you encounter various trials, (Jas 1:2-note)

Then James explains why/how this is possible (ultimately it is God's grace and the fruit of the Spirit but it is based on true knowledge of God and what He is doing in our lives through the trials)...

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Jas 1:3-note, Jas 1:4-note)

Vine -

primarily, "to lead the way;" hence, "to lead before the mind, account," is found with this meaning in Philippians 2:3 , RV (AV, "esteem"); Philippians 2:6 , RV (AV, "thought"); Philippians 2:25 (AV, "supposed"); Philippians 3:7,8 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:15 ; 1 Timothy 1:12 ; 6:1 ; Hebrews 10:29 ; James 1:2 ; Hebrews 11:11 (AV, "judged"); 2 Peter 2:13 ; 3:9 .

signifies "to lead;" then, "to lead before the mind, to suppose, consider, esteem;" translated "esteem" in Philippians 2:3 ,

Is used in the present participle to denote "a governor," lit., "(one) governing," Matthew 2:6 ; Acts 7:10 .

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Thayer in comparing several related Greek words writes that...

hegeomai and nomizo denote a belief resting not on one's inner feeling or sentiment, but on the due consideration of external grounds, the weighing and comparing, of facts; dokeo and hoiomai, on the other hand, describe a subjective judgment growing out of inclination or a view of facts in their relation to us. Hegeomai denotes a more deliberate and careful judgment than nomizo; hoiomai, a subjective judgment which has feeling rather than thought (dokeo) for its ground.

The NAS renders hegeomai as - chief(1), consider(3), considered(2), considering(1), count(4), counted(1), esteem(1),governor(1), leader(1), leaders(3), leading(1), led(1), regard(5), regarded(1), Ruler(1), thought(2).

Hegeomai - 27x in NT - Mt. 2:6; Lk. 22:26; Acts 7:10; 14:12; 15:22; 26:2; 2Co. 9:5; Phil 2:3-note, Phil 2:6-note, Phil 2:25-note; Phil 3:7-note, Phil 3:8-note; 1Th 5:13-note; 2Th 3:15; 1Ti 1:12; 6:1; Heb 10:29-note; Heb 11:11-note, Heb 11:26-note; Heb 13:7-note, Heb 13:17-note, He 13:24-note; Jas 1:2-note; 2Pe 1:13-note; 2Pe 2:13-note; 2Pe 3:9-note, 2Pe 3:15-note.

Matthew 2:6 'AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.'"

Luke 22:26 "But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.

Acts 7:10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

Acts 14:12 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

Acts 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas-- Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,

Acts 26:2 "In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today;

2 Corinthians 9:5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;

Philippians 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

1 Thessalonians 5:13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

2 Thessalonians 3:15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

1 Timothy 6:1 All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against.

Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 11:11 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Hebrews 11:26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for (always pause to query this strategic term of explanation - What does "for" explain in this context?) he was looking to the reward.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

Hebrews 13:24 Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.

James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

2 Peter 1:13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,

2 Peter 2:13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
Hegeomai - 103 v in the non-apocryphal Septuagint - Gen 49:10 (ruler's staff), Ge 49:26; Ex 13:21; 23:23, 27; Deut 1:13, 15; 5:23; Josh 13:21; 1 Sam 15:17; 22:2; 25:30; 2 Sam 2:5; 3:38; 4:2; 5:2; 6:21; 7:8; 1 Kgs 1:35; 4:21; 9:5; 12:24; 14:27; 15:13; 16:2, 16; 2 Kgs 1:9, 13; 20:5; 1 Chr 5:2; 7:40; 9:11, 20; 11:2; 12:21, 27; 13:1; 16:5; 17:7; 26:24; 27:8, 16; 2 Chr 5:2; 6:5; 7:18; 9:26; 11:11, 22; 17:2, 7, 15; 18:16; 19:11; 20:27; 28:7; 31:13; Esth 1:16; 5:11; Job 13:24; 19:11; 30:1, 19; 33:10; 35:2; 41:27f, 31; 42:6; Ps 104:17; Pr 5:19; 16:18; 29:26; 30:31; Jer 4:22; 20:1; 51:28; Ezek 17:13; 19:11; 20:46; 23:6, 12; 43:7, 9; 44:3; 45:7; Dan 2:48; 3:2f, 30; 4:8; 6:2; 9:25f; 11:22; Mic 2:9, 13; 3:9, 11; 7:5; Nah 3:4; Hab 1:14; Mal 1:8

Representative uses of Hegeomai in the Lxx

(Ex 13:21) The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

(Exod 23:23) “For My angel will go before you and bring you in to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will completely destroy them.

(Proverbs 16:18) Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Regard is in the present tense imperative mood here in 2Peter calls for believers to continually consider the reason for the delay, giving it careful thought and not making a quick decision.

To "regard" involves careful thought, not a quick decision. An excellent illustration of the meaning of hegeomai is found in the life of Moses, the author of Hebrews recording that...

"By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin (why did he make this choice? because he was) considering (hegeomai) the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward." (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Moses thought through his decision, weighing the pros and cons. He weighed what Egypt had to offer against what God offered. When he reached a conclusion it was well-founded and certain. God’s offer even though unseen was infinitely superior to Pharaoh's offer that could be seen. Moses believed that the worst he could endure for Christ would be far more valuable than the best the world had to offer.

Do you believe this is true beloved? If so, does your belief affect your choices? If it doesn't, then you really don't believe it's true and you are only deceiving and short changing yourself.





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