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Biblical Greek:Brief Vocabulary

We use several Greek words in our section on Biblical Greek. This page gives the definitions for those words, and links to useful internet pages with much more information.

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Vocabulary and Abbreviated Lexicon

This section lists the words encountered in our Biblical Greek study series. The words are listed in their lexical form, although we occasionally list some of the inflections in parentheses.

We will be listing words in the Greek vocabulary in a tabular format. The table will contain the Greek words in a Greek font, along with their transliterated spellings (using the and transliteration), links to the Bible Study Tools and Blue Letter Bible lexicons, definitions, word frequency counts, and Strongs numbers.

Transliterated Strong's
  Brief Definition
ajgavph agape 26 (27) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 116 (116)
  1) brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence
2) love feasts
a~ggelo" angelos 32 (34) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 186 (175)
  1) a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God
ajdelfov" adelphos 80 (81) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 346 (343)
  1) a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
2) having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman
3) any fellow or man
4) a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
5) an associate in employment or office
6) brethren in Christ
6a) his brothers by blood
6b) all men
6c) apostles
6d) Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place
a[nqrwpo" anthropos 444 (476) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 559 (550)
  1) a human being, whether male or female
1a) generically, to include all human individuals
1b) to distinguish man from beings of a different order
1b1) of animals and plants
1b2) of from God and Christ
1b3) of the angels
1c) with the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin
1d) with the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity
1e) with reference to two fold nature of man, body and soul
1f) with reference to the two fold nature of man, the corrupt and the truly Christian man, conformed to the nature of God
1g) with reference to sex, a male
2) indefinitely, someone, a man, one
3) in the plural, people
4) joined with other words, merchantman
apoqnh/skw apothnesko 599 (633) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 112 (111)
  1) to die
1a) of the natural death of man
1b) of the violent death of man or animals
1c) to perish by means of something
1d) of trees which dry up, of seeds which rot when planted
1e) of eternal death, to be subject to eternal misery in hell
aujtov" autos 846 (899) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 5785 (5597)
  1) himself, herself, themselves, itself
2) he, she, it
3) the same
ejgwv ego 1473, 1691, 1698, 1700, 2248, 2249, 2254, 2257, 3165, 3427, 3450 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 370, ... (2666)
  1) I, me, my
ejmev eme 1691 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 88 (90)
  1) I, me, myself, etc.
ejmoiv emoi 1698 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 95 (93)
  1) I, me, myself, etc.
ejmou' emou 1700 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 109 (108)
  1) me, my, mine, etc.
hJma'" hemas 2248 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 178 (166)
  1) us, we, our etc.
hJmei'" hemeis 2249 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 126 (127)
  1) us, we etc.
hJmi'n hemin 2254 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 177 (169)
  1) us, we, our
hJmw'n hemon 2257 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 410 (402)
  1) our, we, us
mev me 3165 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 301 (291)
  1) I, me, my, etc.
moiv moi 3427 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 240 (225)
  1) I, me, my
mou' mou 3450 (1609) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 587 (564)
  1) I, me, my, of me
eijmiv eimi 1488, 1498, 1510, 1511, 1526, 2070, 2071, 2252, 2258, 2277, 2468, 5600, 5607 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible ..., 146, ... (2462)
  1) to be, to exist, to happen, to be present
ei\ ei 1488 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 92 (92)
  1) you are, thou art
ei]hn eien 1498 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 12 (12)
  1) to be, to exist, to happen, to be present
ei\nai einai 1511 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 126, ... (124)
  1) to be, to exist, to happen, to be present
eijsi eisi 1526 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 163 (157)
  1) are, be, were, etc.
ejsmevn esmen 2070 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 53 (52)
  1) first person plural of "to be"
esomai 2071 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 188 (118)
  1) future first person singular of "to be"
h[mhn emen 2252 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 16 (15)
  1) truly, assuredly
h\n en 2258 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 457 (315)
  1) I was, etc.
h[tw eto 2277 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 2 (2)
  1) let him (it) be
i[sqi isthi 2468 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 5 (5)
  1) be thou
w\ o 5600 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 66 (2)
  1) be, may be, etc.
w[n on 5607 (1639) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 161 (44)
  1) being, etc.
euphraino 2165 (2370) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 14 (14)
  1) to gladden, make joyful
1a) to be glad, to be merry, to rejoice
1b) to rejoice in, be delighted with a thing
zw/opoievw zoopoieo 2227 (2443) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 12 (11)
  1) to produce alive, begat or bear living young
2) to cause to live, make alive, give life
2a) by spiritual power to arouse and invigorate
2b) to restore to life
2c) to give increase of life: thus of physical life
2d) of the spirit, quickening as respects the spirit, endued with new and greater powers of life
3) metaph., of seeds quickened into life, i.e. germinating, springing up, growing
ÅHsai?aß Hesaias 2268 (2480) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 21 (22)
  Isaiah = "Jehovah's help"
1) a famous Hebrew prophet who prophesied in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
qeov" theos 2316 (2536) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 1343 (1317)
  1) a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities
2) the Godhead, trinity
2a) God the Father, the first person in the trinity
2b) Christ, the second person of the trinity
2c) Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity
3) spoken of the only and true God
3a) refers to the things of God
3b) his counsels, interests, things due to him
4) whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resemble him in any way
4a) God's representative or viceregent
4a1) of magistrates and judges
ÅIhsou'ß Iesous 2424 (2652) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 975 (917)
  Jesus = "Jehovah is salvation"
1) Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate
2) Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of Christ
3) Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses' successor (Ac. 7:45, Heb. 4:8)
4) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (Lu. 3:29)
5) Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with Paul in the preaching of the gospel (Col. 4:11)
kaiv kai 2532 (2779) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 9251 (9161)
  1) and, also, even, indeed, but
metav meta 3326 (3552) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 473 (469)
  1) with, after, behind
oijkiva oikia 3614 (3864) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 95 (93)
  1) and, also, even, indeed, but
pneu'ma pneuma 4151 (4460) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 385 (379)
  1) the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son
1a) sometimes referred to in a way which emphasises his personality and character (the "Holy" Spirit)
1b) sometimes referred to in a way which emphasises his work and power (the Spirit of "Truth")
1c) never referred to as a depersonalised force
2) the spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated
2a) the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides
2b) the soul
3) a spirit, i.e. a simple essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter, and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting
3a) a life giving spirit
3b) a human soul that has left the body
3c) a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
3c1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men
3c2) the spiritual nature of Christ, higher than the highest angels and equal to God, the divine nature of Christ
4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one
4a) the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.
5) a movement of air (a gentle blast)
5a) of the wind, hence the wind itself
5b) breath of nostrils or mouth
uiJov" huios 5207 (5626) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 382 (377)
  1) a son
1a) rarely used for the young of animals
1b) generally used of the offspring of men
1c) in a restricted sense, the male offspring (one born by a father and of a mother)
1d) in a wider sense, a descendant, one of the posterity of any one,
1d1) the children of Israel
1d2) sons of Abraham
1e)) used to describe one who depends on another or is his follower
1e1) a pupil
2) son of man
2a) term describing man, carrying the connotation of weakness and mortality
2b) son of man, symbolically denotes the fifth kingdom in Daniel 7:13 and by this term its humanity is indicated in contrast with the barbarity and ferocity of the four preceding kingdoms (the Babylonian, the Median and the Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman) typified by the four beasts. In the book of Enoch (2nd Century) it is used of Christ.
2c) used by Christ himself, doubtless in order that he might intimate his Messiahship and also that he might designate himself as the head of the human family, the man, the one who both furnished the pattern of the perfect man and acted on behalf of all mankind. Christ seems to have preferred this to the other Messianic titles, because by its lowliness it was least suited to foster the expectation of an earthly Messiah in royal splendour.
3) son of God
3a) used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38)
3b) used to describe those who are born again (Lk. 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ
3c) of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others
3c1) in the OT used of the Jews
3c2) in the NT of Christians
3c3) those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12:5-8)
3d) those who revere God as their father, the pious worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father's will in all his acts
Cristov" Christos 5547 (5986) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 569 (529)
  Christ = "anointed"
1) Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God
2) anointed
wra/ hora 5610 (6052) BibleStudyTools BlueLetterBible 108 (106)
  1) a certain definite time or season fixed by natural law and returning with the revolving year
1a) of the seasons of the year, spring, summer, autumn, winter
2) the daytime (bounded by the rising and setting of the sun), a day
3) a twelfth part of the day-time, an hour, (the twelve hours of the day are reckoned from the rising to the setting of the sun)
4) any definite time, point of time, moment

Description of Table Headings:

Greek Word

This is the Greek word as it appears in the Greek alphabet. To view the Greek alphabet, you will need to install a Greek font on your computer. See our Greek font section for further information.


This column lists the Greek word as it is usually listed using characters from the English alphabet. Although the transliterated spelling is useful for introductions to Greek, it is Strongly advised that you learn the actual Greek spellings. Almost all advanced tools, such as concordances, lexicons, and Grammar studies assume a knowledge of the Greek spellings. For example, the word agape in transliterated English is actually based on the following Greek word using the Greek alphabet:

Strong's Number

Each Greek word is listed with its corresponding Strong's number. Since most online tools, like Bible Study Tools and the Blue Letter Bible, use Strong's numbers, this will help you find further information about the word. Some people prefer to use G/K numbers (Goodrick/Kohlenberger) instead of Strong's numbers, which correspond to the updated manuscripts now in use (the manuscripts used to generate the NIV, NASB, and other new translations). The G/K numbers are used in "The Greek English Concordance to the New Testament : With the New International Version" (see our book section). A conversion between G/K numbers and Strong's numbers is found in Mounce's book "The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament". We will occasionally list the G/K number in parenthesis.

Note: Occasionally, a single G/K number corresponds to several Strong's numbers. There are also single Strong's numbers that correspond to several G/K numbers. For the case of a single G/K number with several Strong's numbers, we will list the Greek word corresponding to the single G/K number as the "lexical form". All lexical forms are listed in yellow. Following the lexical listing, we will list the other Strong's variants after the single G/K word.

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Blue Letter Bible Link

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Word Count

This is the number of times (in all its tenses, cases, etc.) the word is used in the New Testament. The word count comes from the and websites. The word count listed in parenthesis comes from Warren Trenchard's book, "Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament". There are 138,162 words in the Greek New Testament (varies a bit, depending on manuscript). If you add all of the word counts for the words listed in the table, and divide by the total number of words, you can get an estimate of the percentage of the New Testament that you can read - a good way to track your progress! The numbers differ, since they use different Greek manuscripts (Trenchard uses the latest corrected UBS 3 version).

Definition (Brief)

A brief definition of the word is given in this column. This information is retrieved from the Definition(s) section of the or lexicons. The definition is not meant to be exhaustive. For in-depth study, I recommend that you consult the online lexicons, or one of the more detailed lexicons available in book form. If you find a more detailed online lexicon in the public domain, I would love to hear about it! The definitions used by Blueletterbible and BibleStudyTools are based on Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, by Joseph H. Thayer. The "corrected edition" of Thayer's was published in 1889, and is in the public domain.

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