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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Διατάσσω (Strong'S #1299 — Verb — diatasso — dee-at-as'-so )

signifies "to set in order, appoint, command,"  Matthew 11:1;  Luke 8:55;  17:9,10;  Acts 18:2;  23:31; "gave order,"  1—Corinthians 16:1 , RV. So in  Acts 24:23 , where it is in the Middle Voice. See Appoint , No. 6.

2: Ἔπω (Strong'S #2036 — Verb — epo — ep'-o )

denotes "to speak" (connected with eipon, "to say"); hence, among various renderings, "to bid, command,"  Matthew 4:3;  Mark 5:43;  8:7;  Luke 4:3;  19:15 . See Bid.

 2—Corinthians 4:6

3: Ἐντέλλω (Strong'S #1781 — Verb — entello — en-tel'-lom-ahee )

signifies "to enjoin upon, to charge with;" it is used in the Middle Voice in the sense of commanding,  Matthew 19:7;  28:20;  Mark 10:3;  13:34;  John 8:5;  15:14,17;  Acts 13:47;  Hebrews 9:20;  11:22 , "gave commandment." See Charge , Enjoin.

4: Ἐπιτάσσω (Strong'S #2004 — Verb — epitasso — ep-ee-tas'-so )

signifies to appoint over, put in charge (epi, "over," tasso, "to appoint"); then, "to put upon one as a duty, to enjoin,"  Mark 1:27;  6:27,39;  9:25;  Luke 4:36;  8:25,31;  14:22;  Acts 23:2;  Philemon 1:8 . See Charge , Enjoin.

5: Κελεύω (Strong'S #2753 — Verb — keleuo — kel-yoo'-o )

"to urge, incite, order," suggests a stronger injunction than No. 6,  Matthew 14:9,19;  15:35;  18:25;  27:58,64;  Luke 18:40;  Acts 4:15 (frequently in Acts, not subsequently in the NT). See Bid.

6: Παραγγέλλω (Strong'S #3853 — Verb — parangello — par-ang-gel'-lo )

"to announce beside" (para, "beside," angello, "to announce"), "to pass on an announcement," hence denotes "to give the word, order, give a charge, command," e.g.,  Mark 6:8;  Luke 8:29;  9:21;  Acts 5:28;  2—Thessalonians 3:4,6,10,12 . See Charge , B, No. 8.

7: Προστάσσω (Strong'S #4367 — Verb — prostasso — pros-tas'-so )

denotes "to arrange or set in order towards" (pros, "towards," tasso, "to arrange"); hence "to prescribe, give command,"  Matthew 1:24;  8:4;  Mark 1:44;  Luke 5:14;  Acts 10:33,48 . For  Matthew 21:6 see Note (3) below. See Bid.

 Revelation 9:4 Hebrews 12:20  Matthew 21:6

Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words [2]

Tsâvâh ( צָוָה , Strong'S #6680), “to command.” This verb occurs only in biblical Hebrew (in all periods) and imperial Aramaic (starting from around 500 B C.). Biblical occurrences number around 485. Essentially, this verb refers to verbal communication by which a superior “orders” or “commands” a subordinate. The word implies the content of what was said. Pharaoh “ordered” (“commanded”) his men concerning Abraham, and they escorted Abraham and his party out of Egypt (Gen. 12:20). This “order” defines an action relevant to a specific situation. Tsâvâh can also connote “command” in the sense of the establishment of a rule by which a subordinate is to act in every recurring similar situation. In the Garden of Eden (the first appearance of this word in the Bible), God “commanded” (“set down the rule”): “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: …” (Gen. 2:16). In this case, the word does not contain the content of the action but focuses on the action itself One of the recurring formulas in the Bible is “X did all that Y commanded him”—e.g., Ruth “did according to all that her mother-in-law bade her” (Ruth 3:6). This means that she carried out Naomi’s “orders.” A similar formula, “X did just as Y commanded,” is first found in Num. 32:25, where the sons of Reuben and Gad say to Moses that they “will do as my lord commandeth.” These formulas indicate the accomplishment of, or the intention to accomplish, the “orders” of a superior.The verb tsâvâh can be used of a commission or charge, such as the act of “commanding,” “telling,” or “sending” someone to do a particular task. In Gen. 32:4, Jacob “commissioned” his servants to deliver a particular message to his brother Esau. They acted as his emissaries. Jacob commissioned (literally, “commanded”) his sons to bury him in the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 49:30), and then he died. This “command” constituted a last will and testament— an obligation or duty. The verb again indicates, therefore, appointing someone to be one’s emissary.

The most frequent subject of this verb is God. However, He is not to be questioned or “commanded” to explain the work of His hands (Isa. 45:11). He tells Israel that His “commands” are unique, requiring an inner commitment and not just external obedience, as the commands of men do (Gen. 29:13). His “ordering” is given to Moses from above the mercy seat (Exod. 25:22) and from His “commands” at Sinai (Lev. 7:38; cf. 17:1ff.). At other times when He “commands,” the thing simply occurs; His word is active and powerful (Ps. 33:9). He also issues “orders” through and to the prophets (Jer. 27:4) who explain, apply, and speak His “commands” (Jer. 1:17).

King James Dictionary [3]


1. To bid to order to direct to charge implying authority, and power to control, and to require obedience.

We will sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us.  Exodus 8 .

I know that he Abraham will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord.  Genesis 18 .

2. To govern, lead or direct to have or to exercise supreme authority over.

Lord Wellington commanded an army in Spain he commanded the army at the battle of Waterloo.

3. To have in power to be able to exercise power or authority over as, a military post commands the surrounding country a fort commands the harbor. 4. To overlook, or have in the power of the eye, without obstruction.

One side commands a view of the finest garden in the world.

5. To direct to send.

The Lord shall command the blessing on thee. Deut.  28.

The Lord will command his loving kindness.  Psalms 43 .

6. To have or to exercise a controlling influence over.

A good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people.

COMMAND, To have or to exercise supreme authority to possess the chief power to govern as, the general commands with dignity and humanity. What general commands in Canada?


1. The right or power of governing with chief or exclusive authority supreme power control as, an officer has a brigade under his command he takes command of the army in France an appropriate military term. 2. The power of controlling governing influence sway.

He assumed an absolute command over his readers.

3. Cogent or absolute authority.

Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion.

4. The act of commanding the mandate uttered order given.

The captain gives command.

5. The power of overlooking, or surveying, without obstruction.

The steepy strand, Which overlooks the vale with wide command.

6. The power of governing or controlling by force, or of defending and protecting.

The fortress has complete command of the port.

7. That which is commanded control as a body of troop under command.

Webster's Dictionary [4]

(1): (v. t.) To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge.

(2): (v. t.) To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead.

(3): (v. t.) To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.

(4): (v. t.) To have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price.

(5): (v. t.) To direct to come; to bestow.

(6): (v. i.) To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders.

(7): (v. i.) To have a view, as from a superior position.

(8): (n.) An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction.

(9): (n.) The possession or exercise of authority.

(10): (n.) Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command.

(11): (n.) Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey.

(12): (n.) Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge.

(13): (n.) A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer.