Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2205: zelos (pronounced dzay'-los)

from 2204; properly, heat, i.e. (figuratively) "zeal" (in a favorable sense, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy, as of a husband (figuratively, of God), or an enemy, malice):--emulation, envy(-ing), fervent mind, indignation, jealousy, zeal.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit

1a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything

1a1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing

1a2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal

1b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

Part of Speech: noun masculine or neuter

Relation: from G2204

Citing in TDNT: 2:877, 297


This word is used 17 times:

John 2:17: "it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."
Acts 5:17: "of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,"
Acts 13:45: "the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by"
Romans 10:2: "I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not"
Romans 13:13: "not in strife and envying."
1 Corinthians 3:3: "whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions,"
2 Corinthians 7:7: "earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that"
2 Corinthians 7:11: "what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In"
2 Corinthians 9:2: "was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked"
2 Corinthians 11:2: "I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one"
2 Corinthians 12:20: "not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings,"
Galatians 5:20: "witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,"
Philippians 3:6: "Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which"
Colossians 4:13: "I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and"
Hebrews 10:27: "of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
James 3:14: "if ye have bitter envying and strife in your"
James 3:16: "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and"

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