Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #3870: parakaleo (pronounced par-ak-al-eh'-o)

from 3844 and 2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):--beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to call to one' s side, call for, summon

2) to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.

2a) to admonish, exhort

2b) to beg, entreat, beseech

2b1) to strive to appease by entreaty

2c) to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort

2c1) to receive consolation, be comforted

2d) to encourage, strengthen

2e) exhorting and comforting and encouraging

2f) to instruct, teach

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: from G3844 and G2564

Citing in TDNT: 5:773, 778


This word is used 108 times:

Matthew 2:18: "and would not be comforted, because they are not."
Matthew 5:4: "are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 8:5: "there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,"
Matthew 8:31: "So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out,"
Matthew 8:34: "Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of"
Matthew 14:36: "And besought him that they might only touch the hem"
Matthew 18:29: "at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with"
Matthew 18:32: "that debt, because thou desiredst me:"
Matthew 26:53: "thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and"
Mark 1:40: "a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him,"
Mark 5:10: "And he besought him much that he would not send them away"
Mark 5:12: "all the devils besought him, saying, Send us"
Mark 5:17: "And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts."
Mark 5:18: "the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with"
Mark 5:23: "And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death:"
Mark 6:56: "in the streets, and besought him that they might touch"
Mark 7:32: "one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon"
Mark 8:22: "a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him."
Luke 3:18: "many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people."
Luke 7:4: "came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That"
Luke 8:31: "And they besought him that he would not command them to go out"
Luke 8:32: "the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them"
Luke 8:41: "at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his"
Luke 15:28: "therefore came his father out, and entreated him."
Luke 16:25: "but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."
Acts 2:40: "words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this"
Acts 8:31: "some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit"
Acts 9:38: "unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come"
Acts 11:23: "of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto"
Acts 13:42: "synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them"
Acts 14:22: "souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and"
Acts 15:32: "prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many"
Acts 16:9: "there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over"
Acts 16:15: "and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me"
Acts 16:39: "And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out"
Acts 16:40: "when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed."
Acts 19:31: "sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into"
Acts 20:2: "those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came"
Acts 20:12: "and were not a little comforted."
Acts 21:12: "we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to"
Acts 24:4: "that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou"
Acts 25:2: "against Paul, and besought him,"
Acts 27:33: "the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat,"
Acts 27:34: "Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is"
Acts 28:14: "Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven"
Acts 28:20: "this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with"
Romans 12:1: " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,"
Romans 12:8: "Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth,"
Romans 15:30: "Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake,"
Romans 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and"

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