5586. pséphos
Strong's Concordance
pséphos: a small smooth stone, a pebble
Original Word: ψῆφος, ου, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: pséphos
Phonetic Spelling: (psay'-fos)
Definition: a small smooth stone, a pebble
Usage: (a) a pebble, small stone, (b) hence, from their use in voting: a vote.
HELPS Word-studies

5586 psḗphos – properly, a pebble used in ancient elections to vote; hence, a vote (Souter).

[People in ancient times often voted by casting stones. A white stone typically meant "yes" and a black stone "no."]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from the same as psalló
a small smooth stone, a pebble
NASB Translation
stone (2), vote (1).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 5586: ψῆφος

ψῆφος, ψηφου, (from ψάω, see ψάλλω), a small, worn, smooth stone; pebble (from Pindar, Herodotus down; (in Homer ψηφίς));

1. since in the ancient courts of justice the accused were condemned by black pebbles and acquitted by white (cf. Passow, under the word, ψῆφος, 2 c, vol. ii, p. 2574b; (Liddell and Scott, under the word, 4 d.); Ovid. met. 15, 41; (Plutarch, Alcib. 22, 2)), and a man on his acquittal was spoken of as νικησας (Theophrastus, char. 17 (19), 3) and the ψῆφος acquitting Dim called νικητήριος (Heliodorus 3, 3 under the end), Christ promises that to the one who has gained eternal life by coming off conqueror over temptation (τῷ νικουντι (A. V. to him that overcometh)) he will give ψῆφον λευκήν, Revelation 2:17; but the figure is explained differently by different interpretations; cf. Düsterdieck (or Lee in the 'Speaker's Commentary') at the passage; (B. D. under the word, Stones, 8). Ewald (Die Johann. Schriften, ii., p. 136; (cf. Lee as above; Plumptre in B. D. under the word, Hospitality, at the end)) understnads it to be the tessera hospitalis (cf. Rich, Dict. of Antiq., under the word, Tessera, 3; Becker, Charicles, namely, i. note 17), which on being shown secures admission to the enjoyment of the heavenly manna; the Greek name, however, for this tessera, is not ψῆφος, but σύμβολον.

2. a vote (on account of the use of pebbles in voting): καταφέρω (which see), Acts 26:10.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
a voting-pebble, small stone

From the same as pselaphao; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling), i.e. (by implication, of use as a counter or ballot) a verdict (of acquittal) or ticket (of admission); a vote -- stone, voice.

see GREEK pselaphao

Forms and Transliterations
εψιθύριζον ψηφον ψήφον ψῆφον ψηφω ψιθυρίζουσι psephon psêphon psēphon psē̂phon
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Englishman's Concordance
Acts 26:10 N-AFS
GRK: αὐτῶν κατήνεγκα ψῆφον
NAS: I cast my vote against
KJV: I gave my voice against [them].
INT: they I cast against [them] a vote

Revelation 2:17 N-AFS
GRK: δώσω αὐτῷ ψῆφον λευκήν καὶ
NAS: him a white stone, and a new
KJV: him a white stone, and in
INT: I will give to him a pebble white and

Revelation 2:17 N-AFS
GRK: ἐπὶ τὴν ψῆφον ὄνομα καινὸν
NAS: name written on the stone which no one
KJV: and in the stone a new name
INT: on the pebble a name new

Strong's Greek 5586
3 Occurrences

ψῆφον — 3 Occ.

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