Greek word - (hupotasso G5293)

Quiz - Choose the answer that is closest to what you think SUBMIT is.
A - to place under
B - to send information
C - to give
D - to obey

Problem - Outdated, Misleading

KJV Example - "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." (Ephesians 5:22)


Submit buttons are frequently seen on the internet today. In fact, their existence has changed the meaning of this word in our society. In this sense, it means to send the information that has been entered on the webpage. But when that first programmer was trying to figure out what those buttons would be called, submit meant to hand over or to give.

But what does submit mean in the Bible?

The Greek word for submit is translated several different ways in the KJV and in other Bible versions. 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 is a good example of this.

Can you find submit or the translation of its Greek word in the following KJV text (or in your Bible version)? How many times is it there?

"For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." KJV

Submit is not in 1 Corinthians 15:27-28, but its Greek word (hupertasso) is (I will tell the correct amount of times in the next to last paragraph). Submit is just one of seven ways that the KJV translates hupotasso in the New Testament (it is submit 8 times). The others are subject (15 times), be in subjection (6 times), be under obedience (once), put under (6 times), subdue (twice), and be obedient (twice).

The Greek word for submit, hupotasso, literally means to place or put (tasso) under (hupo). It retains this literal meaning in the Bible. It means to put something under something else. This can refer to physical placement, to being under someone else's control or authority, or to do what someone else wants.

Now read the Breakthrough Version and guess again.

"You see, He placed all things under His feet. But when He said, "All things have been placed under Him," it is obvious that it is outside of the One who placed all things under Him. When all things will be placed under Him, at that time the Son will place Himself under the One who placed all things under Him so that God may be all in all." BV

The correct number is six. In verse 28 alone the KJV translates hupotasso three different ways. When a Greek word is translated several different ways in one verse, it hides the actual wording of the Greek text. I am a strong proponent of translating Greek words consistently (the same way every time) when possible.

In the Bible, submit means to place under.

Modern Synonym - to place under

Bible Version Tally (how other versions translate this word) - submit (22 of 52), subject (15 of 52), obey, (2 of 52), place under (2 of 52)

Breakthrough Version - "the Wives — under your own husbands as under the Master" (Ephesians 5:22)

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