Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1249: diakonos (pronounced dee-ak'-on-os)

probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands; compare 1377); an attendant, i.e. (genitive case) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specially, a Christian teacher and pastor (technically, a deacon or deaconess):--deacon, minister, servant.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master, a servant, attendant, minister

1a) the servant of a king

1b) a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use

1c) a waiter, one who serves food and drink

Part of Speech: noun masculine or feminine

Relation: probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands, compare G1377)

Citing in TDNT: 2:88, 152


This word is used 30 times:

Matthew 20:26: "among you, let him be your minister;"
Matthew 22:13: "the king to the servants, Bind him hand and"
Matthew 23:11: "among you shall be your servant."
Mark 9:35: "last of all, and servant of all."
Mark 10:43: "among you, shall be your minister:"
John 2:5: "mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you,"
John 2:9: "it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;)"
John 12:26: "there shall also my servant be: if any man"
Romans 13:4: "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But"
Romans 13:4: "in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath"
Romans 15:8: "that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God,"
Romans 16:1: "our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at"
1 Corinthians 3:5: "who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed,"
2 Corinthians 3:6: "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not"
2 Corinthians 6:4: "things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience,"
2 Corinthians 11:15: "great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;"
2 Corinthians 11:15: "ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be"
2 Corinthians 11:23: "Are they ministers of Christ? I (speak as a fool) I am more; in"
Galatians 2:17: "sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid."
Ephesians 3:7: "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace"
Ephesians 6:21: "a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known"
Philippians 1:1: "with the bishops and deacons:"
Colossians 1:7: "for you a faithful minister of Christ;"
Colossians 1:23: "I Paul am made a minister;"
Colossians 1:25: "Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God"
Colossians 4:7: "who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow servant in"
1 Thessalonians 3:2: "our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer"
1 Timothy 3:8: "Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much"
1 Timothy 3:12: " Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and"
1 Timothy 4:6: "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ,"

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