4416. prototokos
Strong's Concordance
prototokos: first-born
Original Word: πρωτότοκος, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: prototokos
Phonetic Spelling: (pro-tot-ok'-os)
Definition: first-born
Usage: first-born, eldest.
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4416 prōtótokos (from 4413 /prṓtos, "first, pre-eminent" and 5088 /tíktō, "bring forth") – properly, first in time (Mt 1:25; Lk 2:7); hence, pre-eminent (Col 1:15; Rev 1:5).

4416 /prōtótokos ("firstly") specifically refers to Christ as the first to experience glorification, i.e. at His resurrection (see Heb 12:23; Rev 1:5). For this (and countless other reasons) Jesus is "preeminent" (4416 /prōtótokos) – the unequivocal Sovereign over all creation (Col 1:16).

[4416 (prōtótokos) refers to "the first among others (who follow)" – as with the preeminent, glorified Christ, the eternal Logos who possesses self-existent life (Jn 5:26).]

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4416: πρωτότοκος

πρωτότοκος, πρωτότοκον (πρῶτος, τίκτω), the Sept. for בְּכור, firstborn;

a. properly: τόν υἱόν αὐτῆς τόν πρωτότοκον, Matthew 1:25 (where τόν πρωτότοκον is omitted by L T Tr WH but found in the Sinaiticus manuscript. (see Tdf., WH., at the passage)); Luke 2:7; τά πρωτότοκα αὐτῶν (genitive of the possessor ((?); αὐτῶν is more naturally taken with θίγῃ (Winer's Grammar, § 30, 8 c.), as by Prof. Grimm himself under the word θιγγάνω)), the firstborn whether of than or of beast, Hebrews 11:28 (πᾶν πρωτότοκον ... ἀπό ἀνθρώπου ἕως κτήνους, Exodus 12:29; Psalm 104:36 (); (Philo de cherub. § 16; Pollux 4, 208)).

b. tropically Christ is called πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως (partitive genitive (see below), as in τά πρωτότοκα τῶν προβάτων, Genesis 4:4; τῶν βοῶν, Deuteronomy 12:17; τῶν υἱῶν σου, Exodus 22:29), who came into being through God prior to the entire universe of created things (R. V. the firstborn of all creation) (see κτίσις, 2 b.), Colossians 1:15; — this passage does not with certainty prove that Paul reckoned the λόγος in the number of created beings (as, among others, Usteri, Paulin. Lehrbegriff., p. 315, and Baur, Das Christenthum der drei ersten Jahrhh. 1st edition, p. 295, hold); since even Origen, who is acknowledged to have maintained the eternal generation of the Son by the Father, did not hesitate to call him (cf. Gieseler, Kirch.-Gesch. i., p. 261f edition 3; (i. 216 English translation, of edition 4, edited by Smith)) τόν ἀγενητον καί πάσης γενετῆς φύσεως πρωτότοκον (c. Celsus 6, 17), and even κτίσμα (a term which Clement of Alexandria also uses of the λόγος); cf. Joan. Damascen. orthod. fid. 4, 8 καί αὐτός ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ καί κτίσις ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ; (others would make the genitive in Colossians, the passage cited depend upon the comparitive force in (the first half of) πρωτότοκος (cf. πρωτότοκος ἐγώ σύ, 2 Samuel 19:43); but see Lightfoot at the passage (especially for the patristic interpretation)). In the same sense, apparently, he is called simply πρωτότοκος, Hebrews 1:6; πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, the first of the dead who was raised to life, Colossians 1:18; also τῶν νεκρῶν (partitive genitive), Revelation 1:5 (Rec. inserts ἐκ); πρωτότοκος ἐν πολλοῖς ἀδελφοῖς, who was the Son of God long before those who by his agency and merits are exalted to the nature and dignity of sons of God, with the added suggestion of the supreme rank by which he excels these other sons (cf. Psalm 88:28 (); Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 38:9 (), Romans 8:29; ἐκκλησία πρωτοτόκων, the congregation of the pious Christian dead already exalted to the enjoyment of the blessedness of heaven (tacitly opposed to those subsequently to follow them thither), Hebrews 12:23; cf. DeWette ad loc. (Anthol. 8, 34; 9, 213.)

STRONGS NT 4416a: πρώτωςπρώτως, adverb, first: Acts 11:26 T Tr WH. Cf. Passow, under the word πρότερος at the end; (Liddell and Scott, ibid. B. IV.; Phryn. ed. Lob., p. 311f; Rntherford, New Phryn., p. 366).

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

From protos and the alternate of tikto; first-born (usually as noun, literally or figuratively) -- firstbegotten(-born).

see GREEK protos

see GREEK tikto

Forms and Transliterations
πρωτοτοκα πρωτότοκα πρωτοτόκοις πρωτοτοκον πρωτοτόκον πρωτότοκον πρωτοτοκος πρωτοτόκος πρωτότοκος πρωτότοκός πρωτοτοκόυ πρωτοτόκου πρωτότοκου πρωτοτόκω πρωτοτοκων πρωτοτόκων πρώτως πταίσμα prototoka protótoka prōtotoka prōtótoka prototokon prototókon protótokon prōtotokon prōtotokōn prōtotókōn prōtótokon prototokos protótokos prōtotokos prōtótokos
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Englishman's Concordance
Luke 2:7 Adj-AMS
GRK: αὐτῆς τὸν πρωτότοκον καὶ ἐσπαργάνωσεν
NAS: And she gave birth to her firstborn son;
KJV: her firstborn son,
INT: of her the first-born and wrapped in swaddling clothes

Romans 8:29 Adj-AMS
GRK: εἶναι αὐτὸν πρωτότοκον ἐν πολλοῖς
NAS: so that He would be the firstborn among
KJV: he might be the firstborn among many
INT: to be him firstborn among many

Colossians 1:15 Adj-NMS
GRK: τοῦ ἀοράτου πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως
NAS: God, the firstborn of all
KJV: God, the firstborn of every
INT: invisible [the] firstborn of all creation

Colossians 1:18 Adj-NMS
GRK: ἡ ἀρχή πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν
NAS: and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
KJV: the beginning, the firstborn from
INT: the beginning firstborn from among the

Hebrews 1:6 Adj-AMS
GRK: εἰσαγάγῃ τὸν πρωτότοκον εἰς τὴν
NAS: brings the firstborn into the world,
KJV: he bringeth in the firstbegotten into
INT: he brings in the first-born into the

Hebrews 11:28 Adj-ANP
GRK: ὀλοθρεύων τὰ πρωτότοκα θίγῃ αὐτῶν
NAS: that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch
KJV: he that destroyed the firstborn should touch
INT: the destroyer of the firstborn might touch them

Hebrews 12:23 Adj-GMP
GRK: καὶ ἐκκλησίᾳ πρωτοτόκων ἀπογεγραμμένων ἐν
NAS: and church of the firstborn who are enrolled
KJV: church of the firstborn, which are written
INT: and to [the] church of [the] firstborn [ones] enrolled in

Revelation 1:5 Adj-NMS
GRK: πιστός ὁ πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν
NAS: witness, the firstborn of the dead,
KJV: witness, [and] the first begotten of
INT: faithful the firstborn of the dead

Strong's Greek 4416
8 Occurrences

πρωτότοκα — 1 Occ.
πρωτοτόκων — 1 Occ.
πρωτότοκον — 3 Occ.
πρωτότοκος — 3 Occ.

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