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:

1 Timothy 4:10: "suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is"
1 Timothy 5:6: "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth."
1 Timothy 6:17: "uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth"
2 Timothy 3:12: "and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus"
2 Timothy 4:1: "Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his"
Titus 2:12: "and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly,"
Hebrews 2:15: "were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
Hebrews 3:12: "of unbelief, in departing from the living God."
Hebrews 4:12: "the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper"
Hebrews 7:8: "but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth."
Hebrews 7:25: "by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
Hebrews 9:14: "dead works to serve the living God?"
Hebrews 9:17: "it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."
Hebrews 10:20: "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through"
Hebrews 10:31: "to fall into the hands of the living God."
Hebrews 10:38: "Now the just shall live by faith: but if"
Hebrews 12:9: "Father of spirits, and live?"
Hebrews 12:22: "Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and"
James 4:15: "Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or"
1 Peter 1:3: "mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection"
1 Peter 1:23: "by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever."
1 Peter 2:4: "To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of"
1 Peter 2:5: "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,"
1 Peter 2:24: "that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
1 Peter 4:5: "to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead."
1 Peter 4:6: "to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit."
1 John 4:9: "the world, that we might live through him."
Revelation 1:18: " I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am"
Revelation 1:18: "and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen;"
Revelation 2:8: "was dead, and is alive;"
Revelation 3:1: "thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead."
Revelation 4:9: "on the throne, who liveth forever and ever,"
Revelation 4:10: "on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever,"
Revelation 5:14: "elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever."
Revelation 7:2: "the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried"
Revelation 7:17: "shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God"
Revelation 10:6: "And swore by him that liveth forever and ever, who"
Revelation 13:14: "the wound by a sword, and did live."
Revelation 15:7: "of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever."
Revelation 16:3: "of a dead man: and every living soul died in the"
Revelation 19:20: "image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning"
Revelation 20:4: "in their hands; and they lived and reigned with"

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