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Seeketh Not Her Own
ou ze-TEI ta heauTE-S
ou zetei ta heautes, ou zetei ta eautes

BRG, KJV, DR, Rhe, Wes: "seeketh not her own"
AKJV, Worrell, EJ2000, Lamsa: "seeks not her own"
Mur: "and seeketh not her own"
Gen: "it seeketh not her own things"
Rot: "seeketh not her own things"
NMB: "seeks not her own"
MKJV: "does not seek her own"
Godbey, MEV: "seeks not its own"
ASV: "seeketh not its own"
ABPE: "neither does it seek its own"
NKJV, CAB: "does not seek its own"
NHEB: "does not seek its own way"
WEB: "doesn't seek its own way"
Darby: "does not seek what is its own"
ACV: "does not seek the things of itself"
ED: "not seeks the things of herself"
ALT: "it does not seek its own [things]"
YLT: "doth not seek its own things"
DLNT: "does not seek its own things"
NASB, CENT: "it does not seek its own"
Wuest: "does not seek after the things which are its own"
NJB: "and never seeks its own advantage"
TLV: "it does not seek its own way"
Riv: "does not seek her own interest"
AMP, BSB, NIV: "it is not self-seeking,"
CLNT, CSB: "is not self-seeking"
TCNT: "Love is never self-seeking"
TEV, GNT: "or selfish"
MNT: "nor selfish"
CEV: "Love isn't selfish"
ICB, HCSB, NCV: "is not selfish,"
EHV, NMB, NSB: "it is not selfish"
LEB: "it is not selfish [literally, does not seek the things of itself]"
REB: "love is never selfish"
NEB: "never selfish"
TPT: "nor selfishly seek its own honor"
AMP: "Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking;"
Good: "It does not insist on its rights."
RSV: "Love does not insist on its own way;"
OJB: "ahavah does not in anochiyut insist on its own way"
NRSV, ESV: "it does not insist on its own way"
HWP: "You no ack like everybody gotta do everyting yoa way."
AMPC: "Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking"
NWT: "does not look for its own interests"
Mace: "is not self-interested"
CPV: "nor try to get things for itself"
ISV: "Never does she think of self"
Wey: "nor seek to aggrandize herself"
BBE: "it takes no thought for itself"
NLV: "Love never thinks of itself."
WENT: "Love does not just think of itself"
TFEC: "is not preoccupied with the interests of the self"
Voice: "it's not self-absorbed"
Mes: "Isn't always 'me first'"
NLT, LB: "Love does not demand its own way"
GWT: "It doesn't think about itself"
Bis: "seeketh not her owne"
LITV: "does not pursue its own things"
LONT: "does not seek its own things"
UTV: "seeks not inwardly"
NET: "it is not self-serving"
1st: "It seeketh not the thingis that ben her owne"
Tyn: "seketh not her awne"
Wyc: "it sekith not tho thingis that ben hise owne"
Wul: "ni sokeiþ sein ain"
Luther: "sie suchet nicht das Ihre"
Sch: "sie sucht nicht das Ihre"
Elb: "sie sucht nicht das Ihrige"
DN: "søger ikke sit eget"
DNB: "søker ikke sitt eget"
SV: "den söker icke sitt"
HTB: "is niet egoïstisch en voelt zich nooit beledigd"
Ice: "leitar ekki síns eigin"
RVR, SSE, NBLH: "no busca lo suyo"
NVI: "no es egoísta"
DHH: "ni egoísta"
CEI: "non cerca il suo interesse"
VFL: "não procura seus interesses"
Vul: "non quaerit quae sua sunt"
AA: "não busca os seus próprios interesses"
FD: "il ne cherche pas son propre intérêt"
FLS: "elle ne cherche point son intérêt"
HCV: "li p'ap chache avantaj pa l'"
BPKS: "ne traži svoje"
CRO: "ne traži svoje pravo"
ALB: "nuk kërkon të sajat"
Raa: "ei etsi omaansa"
SND: "hindi ito naghahangad ng sariling kapakinabangan"

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Word: ze-TEo- (2212)


  • Strong's:
    ze-TEo-, dzay-teh'-o; of uncertain affinity
    To seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebrew) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life). KJV "be (go) about", "desire", "endeavor", "enquire (for)", "require", "(x will) seek (after, for, means)".
  • Zodhiates:
    ze-TEo-; contracted ze-TO-, future ze-TE-so.
    To seek, transitive.
    1. Particularly, to seek after, look for, strive to find.
      1. Generally without any direct object.
        • As in Mat. 7:7,8, "seek, and ye shall find."
        • Followed by the accusative of person (Mat. 2:13; Mark 3:32; Luke 2:45; John 7:11; Acts 9:11; 2 Tim. 1:7; Sept.: Gen. 17:15).
        • To seek God means to turn to Him, to strive humbly and sincerely to follow and obey Him (Acts 17:27; Rom. 10:20 [cf. Is. 65:1]; Sept.: Ex. 33:7; Ps. 24:6). See the comp. ekze-TEo- (1567), to search or seek out.
        • Followed by the accusative of thing, something lost. (Mat. 18:12; Luke 19:10)
        • With the accusative implied. (Luke 15:8; Sept.: 1 Sam. 10:2, 14)
        • Generally. (Mat. 12:43; 26:59; Mark 14:55; Luke 13:6,7; 22:6; Rev. 9:6)
        • Of what one seeks to buy, e.g., pearls. (Mat. 13:45)
        • To seek the life of someone means seeking to kill him. (Matt. 2:20; Rom. 11:3 [cf. 1 Kgs. 19:10, 14]; Sept.: Ex. 4:19; 2 Sam. 16:11; Jer. 44:30)
        • To seek how means to seek opportunity. (Mark 11:18; 14:1, 11)
      2. To seek, in the sense of endeavor, to try.
        • E.g., followed by the accusative of thing, to try to gain, to strive after, with the idea of earnestness and anxiety (Mat. 6:33; Luke 12:29; John 5:44; 7:18; 8:50; 1 Cor. 10:24, 33; Phil. 2:21; Col. 3:1; Sept.: Ps. 4:2; 34:14)
        • Generally, to endeavor, strive.
          • Followed by HIna (2443), so that. (1 Cor. 14:12)
          • By the aorist infinitive. (Mat. 21:46; Luke 5:18; 17:33; John 10:39; 19:12; Acts 13:8; 16:10; Rom. 10:3)
          • With the present infinitive. (Luke 6:19; Gal. 1:10)
          • With the infinitive implied. (John 5:30; Sept.: Deut. 13:10; 1 Sam. 19:10)
      3. By implication, to desire or wish.
        • Followed by the aorist infinitive. (Mat. 12:46, 47 [cf. Luke 6:19; 9:9; 11:54; John 7:4; Acts 27:30])
        • By the accusative. (John 1:38; 4:27; 1 Cor. 7:27; 2 Cor. 12:14; Sept.: Gen. 37:15)
    2. To seek, require, demand, expect.
      • With the accusative of thing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 13:3; Heb. 8:7).
      • Followed by paRA and the genitive, meaning from someone. (Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 12:48)
      • In 1 Cor. 4:2, "it is required in the steward that one be found faithful" (author's translation).
      • See John 4:23; Sept.: Neh 5:12, 18.
    3. By implication, to inquire, ask.
      • With peRI (4012), concerning. (John 16:19)
  • Mounce's:
    GK 2426 (S 2212) Word occurs 117 times.
    • To seek, look for. (Mt. 18:12; Lk. 2:48, 49)
    • To search after. (Mt. 13:45)
    • To be on the watch for. (Mt. 26:16)
    • To pursue, endeavor to obtain. (Rom. 2:7; 1 Pet. 3:11)
    • To desire, wish, want. (Mt. 12:47)
    • To seek, strive for. (Mt. 6:33)
    • To endeavor. (Mt. 21:46)
    • To require, demand, ask for. (Mk. 8:11; Lk. 11:16; 12:48)
    • To inquire or ask questions, question. (Jn. 16:19)
    • To deliberate. (Mk. 11:18; Lk. 12:29)
    • In NT from Hebrew, ze-TEIN te-n psyCHE-N, to seek the life of any one, to seek to kill. (Mt. 2:20)
    • A person can search for physical objects. (Mt. 13:45; Lk. 15:8)
    • Other people. (Lk. 9:9; Mt. 28:5)
    • Blessings such as healing. (Lk. 5:18; 6:19)
    • And opportunities to do things such as to betray, (Mt. 26:16; Lk. 22:6)
    • Arrest, (Mt. 21:46)
    • And kill. (Mt. 2:13; Mk. 11:18; Ac. 21:31)
    • People are to "search for" spiritual principles and realities such as God's kingdom, righteousness, glory, immortality, wisdom, and peace. (Mt. 6:33; cf. 7:7-8; Lk. 5:44; 7:18; 11:9-10; 12:31; 1 Cor. 1:22; 1 Pet. 3:11)
    • Christians are not to "seek their own interests" but rather those of Jesus Christ and his servants. (Phil. 2:21)
    • Paul seeks for the good of others, (1 Cor. 10:33)
    • which is a characteristic of genuine love. ("not self-seeking", 1 Cor. 13:5)
    • Regarding prayer, those who "seek" from the Father will find. (Mt. 7:7-8)
    • To those who "seek" glory, honor, and immortality, God gives eternal life. (Rom. 2:7)
    • To those "seeking" the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all necessities will be given as well. (Mt. 6:33)
    • The majority of Jews in Jesus' and Paul's day were "seeking to establish their own" righteousness (Rom 10:3b)
    • but they did not obtain it. (Rom. 9:31)
    • God's purpose in creating humans is "that they would seek God". (Ac. 17:27)
    • God himself seeks for things: people who repent, (Lk. 13:5-6)
    • worshipers in Spirit and truth, (Jn. 4:23)
    • and stewards who are trustworthy, especially in the mysteries of Christ. (1 Cor. 4:2)
    • Revealing his truly divine nature and mission, Jesus declares that he is the good shepherd and will bring back the sheep that are not yet in the fold; (Jn. 10:14-16)
    • in fact, he himself has come "to seek and to save the lost". (Lk. 19:10)
  • Vine's:
    • Endeavor, No. 2: ze-TEo-, to seek after, is translated "endeavor" in Ac. 16:10, AV, RV "sought".
    • Inquire, No. 2: ze-TEo-, to seek.
      • Rendered "inquire" in John 16:19.
      • "Inquire ... for" in Ac. 9:11.
    • Require, No.1: ze-TEo-, to seek, seek after.
      • Also signifies to require, demand, "shall be required", Lk. 12:48.
      • In 1 Cor. 4:2, "it is required (in stewards)".
    • Seek, No. 1: ze-TEo- signifies
      1. To seek, to seek for.
        • Matt. 7:7-8; 13:45; Luke 24:5; John 6:24.
        • Of plotting against a person's life. (Matt. 2:20; Acts 21:31; Rom. 11:3)
        • Metaphorically, to seek by thinking, to seek how to do something, or what to obtain. (Mark 11:18; Luke 12:29)
        • To seek to ascertain a meaning, John 16:19, "do ye inquire".
        • To seek God. (Acts 17:27 RV, Rom. 10:20)
      2. To seek or strive after, endeavor, to desire.
        • Matt. 12:46-7 RV, "seeking" (AV, "desiring"); Luke 9:9, RV, "sought" (AV, "desired"); John 7:19, RV, "seek ye" (AV, "go ye about"); so verse 20; Rom. 10:3, RV, "seeking" (AV "going about").
        • Of seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness, in the sense of coveting earnestly, striving after. (Matt. 6:33)
        • "The things that are above". (Col. 3:1)
        • Peace. (1 Pet. 3:11)
      3. To require or demand.
        • Mark 8:12; Luke 11:29 (some manuscripts have epize-TEo-); 1 Cor. 4:2 "it is required"; 2 Cor. 13:3, "ye seek".
  • Thayer's:
    ze-TEo-, ze-TO-; imperfect 3 person singular eZE-tei, plural eZE-toun; future ze-TE-so-; 1 aorist eZE-te-sa; passive, present ze-TOUmai; imperfect 3 person singular eze-TEIto (Hebrews 8:7); 1 future ze-te-THE-somai (Luke 12:48); (from Homer on); the LXX for da^rash, and much more often for biqe^sh; to seek.
    1. To seek in order to find.
      1. Universally and absolutely. (Matt. 7:7; Luke 11:9f)
        1. tina. (Mark 1:37; Luke 2:48 [Luke 2:45 R L marginal reading], [Luke 4:42 Rec.]; John 6:24; 18:4, 7; Acts 10:19, and often)
        2. Followed by en with the dative of place. (Acts 9:11)
        3. With the accusative of the thing (margaRItas).
          1. Of buyers. (Matt. 13:45)
          2. Something lost. (Matt. 18:12; Luke 19:10)
          3. ti en TIni, as fruit on a tree. (Luke 13:6f)
          4. aNApausin, a place of rest. (Matt. 12:43; Luke 11:24)
        4. After the Hebrew (...p eth-nephesh biqe^sh), psyCHE-N TInos, to seek, plot against, the life of one. (Matt. 2:20; Rom. 11:3, LXX: Ex. 4:19, etc.)
        5. Universally, ti ze-TEIS; what dost thou seek? what dost thou wish? (John 1:38 [39]; 4:27)
      2. To seek (i. e. in order to find out) by thinking, meditating, reasoning.
        1. To inquire into: peRI TInos ze-TEIte met' alLE-lo-n. (John 16:19)
        2. Followed by indirect discourse, po-s, ti, tina. (Mark 11:18; 14:1, 11; Luke 12:29; 22:2; 1 Peter 5:8)
        3. ton theON, to follow up the traces of divine majesty and power. (Acts 17:27)
          1. Universally, to seek the knowledge of God. (LXX: Wis. 1:1; 13:6)
      3. To seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after.
        1. eukaiRIan. (Matt. 26:16; Luke 22:6)
        2. pseudomartyRIan. (Matt. 26:59; Mark 14:55)
        3. ton THAnaton, an opportunity to die. (Rev. 9:6)
        4. LYsin. (1 Cor. 7:27)
        5. te-n basiLEIan tou theOU. (Matt. 6:33; Luke 12:31)
        6. ta Ano-. (Col. 3:1)
        7. eiRE-ne-n. (1 Pet. 3:11)
        8. aphtharSIan etc. (Rom. 2:7)
        9. DOxan ek TInos. (1 Thess. 2:6)
        10. te-n DOxan te-n paRA TInos. (John 5:44)
        11. ta TInos, the property of one. (2 Cor. 12:14)
        12. te-n DOxan theOU, to seek to promote the glory of God. (John 7:18; 8:50)
        13. to THEle-ma TInos, to attempt to establish. (John 5:30)
        14. to SYMphoron TInos, to seek to further the profit or advantage of one. (1 Cor. 10:33)
        15. Equivalent to ze-TEIN ta TInos (1 Cor. 10:24; 13:5; Philippians 2:21)
        16. hyMAS, to seek to win your souls. (2 Cor. 12:14)
        17. ton theON, to seek the favor of God. (Rom. 10:20; [Rom. 3:11 Tr marginal reading WH marginal reading])
        18. Followed by an infinitive, to seek i.e. desire, endeavor. (Matt. 12:46 [WH in marginal reading only]; Mark 4:19 [L Tr marginal reading]; 12:12; Luke 5:18; 6:19; 9:9; John 5:18; 7:4; 5:19; Acts 13:8; 16:10; Romans 10:3; Galatians 1:10; 2:17)
        19. Followed by HIna. (1 Cor. 14:12)
    2. To seek i. e. require, demand.
      1. se-MEIon. (Mark 8:12 L T Tr WH; Luke 11:29 T Tr WH)
      2. soPHIan. (1 Cor. 1:22)
      3. dokiME-N. (2 Cor. 13:3)
      4. ti paRA TInos, to crave, demand something from someone. (Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 12:48)
      5. en TIni, the dative of person, to seek in one, i.e. to require of him, followed by HIna. (1 Cor. 4:2)
      6. Compare: anaze-TEo-, ekze-TEo-, epize-TEo-, syze-TEo-.
  • HELPS Word-studies:
    2212 ze-TEo-.
    Properly, to seek by inquiring; to investigate to reach a binding (terminal) resolution; to search, "getting to the bottom of a matter."
Word: heauTOU (1438)

Definition: Of himself, herself, itself. Third person reflexive pronoun.

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