Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1588: eklektos (pronounced ek-lek-tos')

from 1586; select; by implication, favorite:--chosen, elect.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) picked out, chosen

1a) chosen by God

1a1) to obtain salvation through Christ

1a1a) Christians are called "chosen or elect" of God

1a2) the Messiah in called "elect" , as appointed by God to the most exalted office conceivable

1a3) choice, select, i.e. the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent: applied to certain individual Christians

Part of Speech: adjective

Relation: from G1586

Citing in TDNT: 4:181, 505


This word is used 23 times:

Matthew 20:16: "called, but few chosen."
Matthew 22:14: "called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 24:22: "flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those"
Matthew 24:24: "they shall deceive the very elect."
Matthew 24:31: "and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,"
Mark 13:20: "no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake,"
Mark 13:22: "it were possible, even the elect."
Mark 13:27: "and shall gather together his elect from the four winds,"
Luke 18:7: "God avenge his own elect, which cry day and"
Luke 23:35: "be Christ, the chosen of God."
Romans 8:33: "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."
Romans 16:13: "Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother"
Colossians 3:12: "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,"
1 Timothy 5:21: "Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things"
2 Timothy 2:10: "Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that"
Titus 1:1: "according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which"
1 Peter 1:2: " Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit,"
1 Peter 2:4: "of men, but chosen of God, and precious,"
1 Peter 2:6: "in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth"
1 Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,"
2 John 1:1: "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom"
2 John 1:13: "The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen."
Revelation 17:14: "him are called, and chosen, and faithful."

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