Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2198: zao (pronounced dzah'-o)

a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively):--life(-time), (a-)live(-ly), quick.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)

2) to enjoy real life

2a) to have true life and worthy of the name

2b) active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God

3) to live, i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting

3a) of mortals or character

4) living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul

5) metaphorically to be in full vigour

5a) to be fresh, strong, efficient

5b) as adjective active, powerful, efficacious

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primary verb

Citing in TDNT: 2:832, 290


This word is used 142 times:

Romans 6:10: "but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."
Romans 6:11: "indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ"
Romans 6:13: "yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your"
Romans 7:1: "hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?"
Romans 7:2: "is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband"
Romans 7:3: "then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called"
Romans 7:9: "For I was alive without the law once: but when the"
Romans 8:12: "debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh."
Romans 8:13: "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but"
Romans 8:13: "deeds of the body, ye shall live."
Romans 9:26: "there shall they be called the children of the living God."
Romans 10:5: "man which doeth those things shall live by them."
Romans 12:1: "that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,"
Romans 14:7: "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth"
Romans 14:8: "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and"
Romans 14:8: "whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether"
Romans 14:8: "unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or"
Romans 14:9: "both of the dead and living."
Romans 14:11: "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every"
1 Corinthians 7:39: "as long as her husband liveth; but if"
1 Corinthians 9:14: "that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel."
1 Corinthians 15:45: "Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam"
2 Corinthians 1:8: "strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:"
2 Corinthians 3:3: "with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables"
2 Corinthians 4:11: "For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,"
2 Corinthians 5:15: "for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but"
2 Corinthians 5:15: "that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for"
2 Corinthians 6:9: "dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not"
2 Corinthians 6:16: "ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,"
2 Corinthians 13:4: "he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God."
2 Corinthians 13:4: "are weak in him, but we shall live with him by"
Galatians 2:14: "If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not"
Galatians 2:19: "am dead to the law, that I might live unto God."
Galatians 2:20: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ"
Galatians 2:20: "I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which"
Galatians 2:20: "and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by"
Galatians 2:20: "live in the flesh I live by the faith of the"
Galatians 3:11: "for, The just shall live by faith."
Galatians 3:12: "man that doeth them shall live in them."
Galatians 5:25: "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Philippians 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Philippians 1:22: "But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my"
Colossians 2:20: "world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,"
Colossians 3:7: "walked some time, when ye lived in them."
1 Thessalonians 1:9: "from idols to serve the living and true God;"
1 Thessalonians 3:8: "For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 4:15: "of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming"
1 Thessalonians 4:17: "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them"
1 Thessalonians 5:10: "we wake or sleep, we should live together with him."
1 Timothy 3:15: "which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground"

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