Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #5457: phos (pronounced foce)

from an obsolete phao (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare 5316, 5346); luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative):--fire, light.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) light

1a) the light

1a1) emitted by a lamp

1a2) a heavenly light such as surrounds angels when they appear on earth

1b) anything emitting light

1b1) a star

1b2) fire because it is light and sheds light

1b3) a lamp or torch

1c) light, i.e brightness

1c1) of a lamp

2) metaphorically

2a) God is light because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality

2b) of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it

2c) that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly

2d) reason, mind

2d1) the power of understanding especially moral and spiritual truth

Part of Speech: noun neuter

Relation: from an obsolete phao (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays, compare G5316, G5346)

Citing in TDNT: 9:310, 1293


This word is used 70 times:

2 Corinthians 6:14: "and what communion hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 11:14: "is transformed into an angel of light."
Ephesians 5:8: "darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as"
Ephesians 5:8: "walk as children of light:"
Ephesians 5:13: "are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is"
Ephesians 5:13: "whatsoever doth make manifest is light."
Colossians 1:12: "of the inheritance of the saints in light:"
1 Thessalonians 5:5: "are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are"
1 Timothy 6:16: "hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man"
James 1:17: "from the Father of lights, with whom is no"
1 Peter 2:9: "darkness into his marvelous light:"
1 John 1:5: "that God is light, and in him is"
1 John 1:7: "we walk in the light, as he is in"
1 John 1:7: "is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,"
1 John 2:8: "and the true light now shineth."
1 John 2:9: "he is in the light, and hateth his brother,"
1 John 2:10: "abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling"
Revelation 18:23: "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee;"
Revelation 21:24: "shall walk in the light of it: and the kings"
Revelation 22:5: "they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God"

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