Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1577: ekklesia (pronounced ek-klay-see'-ah)

from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly

1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating

1b) the assembly of the Israelites

1c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously

1d) in a Christian sense

1d1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting

1d2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order' s sake

1d3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body

1d4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth

1d5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven

Part of Speech: noun feminine

Relation: from a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564

Citing in TDNT: 3:501, 394


This word is used 116 times:

Matthew 16:18: "this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell"
Matthew 18:17: "them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the"
Matthew 18:17: "if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man"
Acts 2:47: "Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
Acts 5:11: "upon all the church, and upon as many as heard"
Acts 7:38: "he, that was in the church in the wilderness with"
Acts 8:1: "persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and"
Acts 8:3: "Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and"
Acts 9:31: "had the churches rest throughout all Judea"
Acts 11:22: "tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which"
Acts 11:26: "assembled themselves with the church, and taught much"
Acts 12:1: "certain of the church."
Acts 12:5: "without ceasing of the church unto"
Acts 12:5: "without ceasing of the church unto"
Acts 13:1: "there were in the church that was at Antioch certain"
Acts 14:23: "when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting,"
Acts 14:27: "And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that"
Acts 15:3: "brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and"
Acts 15:4: "they were received of the church, and of the apostles and"
Acts 15:22: "with the whole church, to send chosen men of"
Acts 15:41: "Cilicia, confirming the churches."
Acts 16:5: "And so were the churches established in the faith, and"
Acts 18:22: "and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch."
Acts 19:32: "Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was"
Acts 19:39: "it shall be determined in a lawful assembly."
Acts 19:41: "spoken, he dismissed the assembly."
Acts 20:17: "the elders of the church."
Acts 20:28: "overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with"
Romans 16:1: "which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:"
Romans 16:4: "also all the churches of the Gentiles."
Romans 16:5: "Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my"
Romans 16:16: "a holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you."
Romans 16:23: "and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the"
1 Corinthians 1:2: "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in"
1 Corinthians 4:17: "as I teach every where in every church."
1 Corinthians 6:4: "to judge who are least esteemed in the church."
1 Corinthians 7:17: "ordain I in all churches."
1 Corinthians 10:32: "nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:"
1 Corinthians 11:16: "custom, neither the churches of God."
1 Corinthians 11:18: "come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among"
1 Corinthians 11:22: "to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame"
1 Corinthians 12:28: "some in the church, first apostles, secondarily"
1 Corinthians 14:4: "but he that prophesieth edifieth the church."
1 Corinthians 14:5: "except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying."
1 Corinthians 14:12: "the edifying of the church."
1 Corinthians 14:19: "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with"
1 Corinthians 14:23: "therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and"
1 Corinthians 14:28: "interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and"
1 Corinthians 14:33: "as in all churches of the saints."
1 Corinthians 14:34: "keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them"

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