Proskartereo – Bible Word Study

Taught at Randle Baptist Church, March 13, 2011.


Bible Word Study

  • Proskartereo – pros-kar-ter-eh’-o (Strong’s Number: G4342) 10 verses
  • Proskarteresis – pros-kar-ter’-ay-sis  (G4343) used only in Eph 6:18
  • Translation overview (ESV) – continue, attend, devote, have ready (be kept)
  • Root words: pros – unto, etc. & kartereo – perserverance, used only in Hebrews 11:27
  • Working definition – a) persist,  b) associate closely, c) serve personally i
  • Loose translations – Keep on keeping on! ; Hang in there, baby! ; Just get ‘er done!

    Sermon Audio


    Scripture References

    English Standard Version The New King James Version
    Mark 3:9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.
    Acts 1:14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
    Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
    Acts 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
    Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
    Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
    Acts 10:7 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.
    Rom 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
    Rom 13:6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
    Col 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
    Eph 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—


    The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let everything else — work, clothes, food, everything on earth — go by the board, saving that one thing. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, keeping the life absolutely spiritual all through. Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian’s life is to learn how to keep ‘beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.'(2 Cor 3:18) ”

    — Oswald Chambers. My Utmost for His Highest.

    i No. 4674. Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (electronic ed.). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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