Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #3466: musterion (pronounced moos-tay'-ree-on)

from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):--mystery.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) hidden thing, secret, mystery

1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals

1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding

1c) a hidden purpose or counsel

1c1) secret will

1c1a) of men

1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly

2) in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense

2a) of an OT saying

2b) of an image or form seen in a vision

2c) of a dream

Part of Speech: noun neuter

Relation: from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth)

Citing in TDNT: 4:802, 615


This word is used 27 times:

Matthew 13:11: "unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but"
Mark 4:11: "it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but"
Luke 8:10: "it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but"
Romans 11:25: "that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in"
Romans 16:25: "Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,"
1 Corinthians 2:7: "the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God"
1 Corinthians 4:1: "of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God."
1 Corinthians 13:2: "and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and"
1 Corinthians 14:2: "him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."
1 Corinthians 15:51: "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but"
Ephesians 1:9: "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his"
Ephesians 3:3: "he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,"
Ephesians 3:4: "my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)"
Ephesians 3:9: "what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world"
Ephesians 5:32: "This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning"
Ephesians 6:19: "boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
Colossians 1:26: "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations,"
Colossians 1:27: "of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which"
Colossians 2:2: "to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and"
Colossians 4:3: "of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:"
2 Thessalonians 2:7: "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth"
1 Timothy 3:9: "Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience."
1 Timothy 3:16: "great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in"
Revelation 1:20: "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in"
Revelation 10:7: "he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared"
Revelation 17:5: "forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE"
Revelation 17:7: "will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the"

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