The Greek word apodechomai

Used only by Luke and limited to Lk. 8:40; 9:11 (some manuscripts); Acts 2:41; 15:4; 18:27; 21:17; 24:3; 28:30, the Greek verb “apodechomai” meant “welcome,” “receive,” “accept.”  Some “welcomed” or were accepting of Jesus (Lk. 8:40), and such was also true of the Lord (Lk. 9:11).  Gospel preaching was accepted or welcomed (Acts 2:41).  Congregations were exhorted to be welcoming (Acts 18:27) and we find examples of this taking place (Acts 15:4–some manuscripts).  Paul welcomed those who came to visit him (Acts 28:30).