Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1484: ethnos (pronounced eth'-nos)

probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together

1a) a company, troop, swarm

2) a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus

2a) the human family

3) a tribe, nation, people group

4) in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles

5) Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

Part of Speech: noun neuter

Relation: probably from G1486

Citing in TDNT: 2:364, 201


This word is used 165 times:

Matthew 4:15: "Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;"
Matthew 6:32: "after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly"
Matthew 10:5: "not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans"
Matthew 10:18: "a testimony against them and the Gentiles."
Matthew 12:18: "he shall show judgment to the Gentiles."
Matthew 12:21: "in his name shall the Gentiles trust."
Matthew 20:19: "shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and"
Matthew 20:25: "the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great"
Matthew 21:43: "from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits"
Matthew 24:7: "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against"
Matthew 24:7: "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:"
Matthew 24:9: "and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake."
Matthew 24:14: "for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end"
Matthew 25:32: "him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another,"
Matthew 28:19: "ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the"
Mark 10:33: "shall deliver him to the Gentiles:"
Mark 10:42: "they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their"
Mark 11:17: "house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye"
Mark 13:8: "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against"
Mark 13:8: "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:"
Mark 13:10: "be published among all nations."
Luke 2:32: "A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people"
Luke 7:5: "For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us"
Luke 12:30: "all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and"
Luke 18:32: "For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated,"
Luke 21:10: "Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and"
Luke 21:10: "Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:"
Luke 21:24: "shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down"
Luke 21:24: "shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
Luke 21:24: "the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
Luke 21:25: "the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and"
Luke 22:25: "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon"
Luke 23:2: "this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute"
Luke 24:47: "name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
John 11:48: "take away both our place and nation."
John 11:50: "and that the whole nation perish not."
John 11:51: "should die for that nation;"
John 11:52: "And not for that nation only, but that also"
John 18:35: "Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests"
Acts 2:5: "men, out of every nation under heaven."
Acts 4:25: "David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine"
Acts 4:27: "Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,"
Acts 7:7: "And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge,"
Acts 7:45: "the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before"
Acts 8:9: "and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was"
Acts 9:15: "my name before the Gentiles, and kings,"
Acts 10:22: "among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by"
Acts 10:35: "But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh"
Acts 10:45: "came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out"
Acts 11:1: "heard that the Gentiles had also received the word"

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