eiké: without cause or reason, vainlyOriginal Word: εἰκῇ
Part of Speech: Adverb
Phonetic Spelling: (i-kay')
Short Definition: without purpose, in vain
Definition: without a cause, purpose; purposelessly, in vain, for nothing.
1500 eikḗ – properly, without cause (ground), without basis and therefore not to be taken seriously (considered valid). This adverb suggests, "What goes to no purpose . . . ".
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
adverb probably akin to hekón
without cause or reason, vainly
nothing (1), vain (4), without cause (1).
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 1500: εἰκῇ
εἰκῇ (L WH Relz εἰκῇ; cf. Alexander Buttmann (1873) Ausf. Spr. ii., p. 342; Buttmann, 69 (61); (Winers Grammar, § 5, 4 e.; Jelf, § 324 Obs. 6; Kühner, § 336 Anm. 7; especially Etym. Magn. 78, 26f; and references under the word Iota)), adverb; in Greek writings from Aeschylus down;
2. in vain; without success or effect: 1 Corinthians 15:2; Galatians 3:4; Galatians 4:11. (From Xenophon, Aeschylus down.) Probably from eiko (through the idea of failure); idly, i.e. Without reason (or effect) -- without a cause, (in) vain(-ly). see GREEK eiko
Probably from eiko (through the idea of failure); idly, i.e. Without reason (or effect) -- without a cause, (in) vain(-ly).
see GREEK eiko
Englishman's ConcordanceStrong's Greek 1500
εἰκῇ — 6 Occ.
Romans 13:4 Adv
GRK: οὐ γὰρ εἰκῇ τὴν μάχαιραν
NAS: the sword for nothing; for it is a minister
KJV: not the sword in vain: for he is
INT: not indeed in vain the sword