Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #3954: parrhesia (pronounced par-rhay-see'-ah)

from 3956 and a derivative of 4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance:--bold (X -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, X freely, X openly, X plainly(-ness).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech

1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment

1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution

1c) without the use of figures and comparisons

2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance

3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

Part of Speech: noun feminine

Relation: from G3956 and a derivative of G4483

Citing in TDNT: 5:871, 794


This word is used 31 times:

Mark 8:32: "And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him,"
John 7:4: "he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things,"
John 7:13: "Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear"
John 7:26: "But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him."
John 10:24: "dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us"
John 11:14: "said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead."
John 11:54: "walked no more openly among the Jews; but"
John 16:25: "but I shall show you plainly of the Father."
John 16:29: "Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb."
John 18:20: "him, I spake openly to the world; I ever"
Acts 2:29: "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you"
Acts 4:13: "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and"
Acts 4:29: "unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,"
Acts 4:31: "the word of God with boldness."
Acts 28:31: "Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him."
2 Corinthians 3:12: "hope, we use great plainness of speech:"
2 Corinthians 7:4: "Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying"
Ephesians 3:12: "In whom we have boldness and access with confidence"
Ephesians 6:19: "may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery"
Philippians 1:20: "but that with all boldness, as always, so now also"
Colossians 2:15: "and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in"
1 Timothy 3:13: "degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in"
Philemon 1:8: "Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee"
Hebrews 3:6: "if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing"
Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that"
Hebrews 10:19: "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest"
Hebrews 10:35: "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great"
1 John 2:28: "when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before"
1 John 3:21: "us not, then have we confidence toward God."
1 John 4:17: "love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day"
1 John 5:14: "this is the confidence that we have in him,"

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