Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2842: koinonia (pronounced koy-nohn-ee'-ah)

from 2844; partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:--(to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse

1a) the share which one has in anything, participation

1b) intercourse, fellowship, intimacy

1b1) the right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship (in fulfilling the apostolic office)

1c) a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, as exhibiting an embodiment and proof of fellowship

Part of Speech: noun feminine

Relation: from G2844

Citing in TDNT: 3:797, 447


This word is used 20 times:

Acts 2:42: "in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread,"
Romans 15:26: "Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints"
1 Corinthians 1:9: "whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ"
1 Corinthians 10:16: "we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The"
1 Corinthians 10:16: "we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?"
2 Corinthians 6:14: "unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 8:4: "gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the"
2 Corinthians 9:13: "of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto"
2 Corinthians 13:14: "of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with"
Galatians 2:9: "and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the"
Ephesians 3:9: "to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from"
Philippians 1:5: "For your fellowship in the gospel from the first"
Philippians 2:1: "if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels"
Philippians 3:10: "resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his"
Philemon 1:6: "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by"
Hebrews 13:16: "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such"
1 John 1:3: "ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly"
1 John 1:3: "and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and"
1 John 1:6: "we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk"
1 John 1:7: "the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the"

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