Quick Facts

  • Pronunciation: kā’-mī
  • Strongs Concordance: #G2749
  • Appears 24 times in 24 verses
  • Common translations
    • “appointed” (2x)
    • “destined” (1x)
    • “laid” (6x)
    • “lain” (1x)
    • “lay” (1x)
    • “lies” (2x)
    • “lying” (6x)
    • “made” (1x)
    • “set” (2x)
    • “standing” (2x)

Where and how keimai is used in the New Testament

  1. Matthew 3:10 NASB – “”The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

  2. Matthew 5:14 NASB – “”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

  3. Matthew 28:6 NASB – “”He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.”

  4. Luke 2:12, 16, 34 NASB – “”This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” … So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. … And  Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—”

  5. Luke 3:9 NASB – “”Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.””

  6. Luke 12:19 NASB – “‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’”

  7. Luke 23:53 NASB – “And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.”

  8. John 2:6 NASB – “Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.”

  9. John 19:29 NASB – “A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.”

  10. John 20:5-7, 12 NASB – “and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the  face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. … and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.”

  11. John 21:9 NASB – “So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.”

  12. 1 Corinthians 3:11 NASB – “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

  13. 2 Corinthians 3:15 NASB – “But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;”

  14. Philippians 1:16 NASB – “the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;”

  15. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB – “so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.”

  16. 1 Timothy 1:9 NASB – “realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers”

  17. 1 John 5:19 NASB – “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

  18. Revelation 4:2 NASB – “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.”

  19. Revelation 21:16 NASB – “The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.”


My observations and perspective

In this word often translated “appoint”, none of the 24 uses contain examples of being appointed to a position of authority over others in the local church.


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