Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2309: thelesis (pronounced thel'-ay-sis)

apparently strengthened from the alternate form of 138; to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas 1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e. choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e. be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in:--desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, - ling(-ly)).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:

́ / ̓́

thelō / ethelō

1) to will, have in mind, intend

1a) to be resolved or determined, to purpose

1b) to desire, to wish

1c) to love

1c1) to like to do a thing, be fond of doing

1d) to take delight in, have pleasure

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138

Citing in TDNT: 3:44, 318


This word is used 210 times:

Matthew 1:19: "a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away"
Matthew 2:18: "for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are"
Matthew 5:40: "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,"
Matthew 5:42: "to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away."
Matthew 7:12: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do"
Matthew 8:2: "saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
Matthew 8:3: "and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his"
Matthew 9:13: "ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:"
Matthew 11:14: "And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, which was"
Matthew 12:7: "ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,"
Matthew 12:38: "answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee."
Matthew 13:28: "servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?"
Matthew 14:5: "And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because"
Matthew 15:28: "be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole"
Matthew 15:32: "nothing to eat: and I will not send them away"
Matthew 16:24: "unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny"
Matthew 16:25: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose"
Matthew 17:4: "to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles;"
Matthew 17:12: "unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the"
Matthew 18:23: "of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account"
Matthew 18:30: "And he would not: but went and cast him"
Matthew 19:17: "that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep"
Matthew 19:21: "said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell"
Matthew 20:14: "is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even"
Matthew 20:15: "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?"
Matthew 20:21: "said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that"
Matthew 20:26: "you: but whosoever will be great among"
Matthew 20:27: "And whosoever will be chief among you,"
Matthew 20:32: "and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?"
Matthew 21:29: "He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented,"
Matthew 22:3: "the wedding: and they would not come."
Matthew 23:4: "men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their"
Matthew 23:37: "unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as"
Matthew 23:37: "gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
Matthew 26:15: "And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him"
Matthew 26:17: "saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the"
Matthew 26:39: "nevertheless not as I will, but as thou"
Matthew 27:15: "a prisoner, whom they would."
Matthew 27:17: "said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or"
Matthew 27:21: "of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They"
Matthew 27:34: "gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink."
Matthew 27:43: "him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am"
Mark 1:40: "saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
Mark 1:41: "and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean."
Mark 3:13: "calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him."
Mark 6:19: "had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could"
Mark 6:22: "Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee."
Mark 6:25: "king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by"
Mark 6:26: "yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her."
Mark 6:48: "the sea, and would have passed by them."

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