Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #3962: pater (pronounced pat-ayr')

apparently a primary word; a "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote):--father, parent.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) generator or male ancestor

1a) either the nearest ancestor: father of the corporeal nature, natural fathers, both parents

1b) a more remote ancestor, the founder of a family or tribe, progenitor of a people, forefather: so Abraham is called, Jacob and David

1b1) fathers, i.e. ancestors, forefathers, founders of a nation

1c) one advanced in years, a senior

2) metaphorically

2a) the originator and transmitter of anything

2a1) the authors of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself

2a2) one who has infused his own spirit into others, who actuates and governs their minds

2b) one who stands in a father' s place and looks after another in a paternal way

2c) a title of honour

2c1) teachers, as those to whom pupils trace back the knowledge and training they have received

2c2) the members of the Sanhedrin, whose prerogative it was by virtue of the wisdom and experience in which they excelled, to take charge of the interests of others

3) God is called the Father

3a) of the stars, the heavenly luminaries, because he is their creator, upholder, ruler

3b) of all rational and intelligent beings, whether angels or men, because he is their creator, preserver, guardian and protector

3b1) of spiritual beings and of all men

3c) of Christians, as those who through Christ have been exalted to a specially close and intimate relationship with God, and who no longer dread him as a stern judge of sinners, but revere him as their reconciled and loving Father

3d) the Father of Jesus Christ, as one whom God has united to himself in the closest bond of love and intimacy, made acquainted with his purposes, appointed to explain and carry out among men the plan of salvation, and made to share also in his own divine nature

3d1) by Jesus Christ himself

3d2) by the apostles

Part of Speech: noun masculine

Relation: apparently a root word

Citing in TDNT: 5:945, 805


This word is used 423 times:

Matthew 2:22: "Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither:"
Matthew 3:9: "yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that"
Matthew 4:21: "with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and"
Matthew 4:22: "the ship and their father, and followed him."
Matthew 5:16: "and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:45: "ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for"
Matthew 5:48: "perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is"
Matthew 6:1: "reward of your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 6:4: "secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself"
Matthew 6:6: "door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and"
Matthew 6:6: "secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward"
Matthew 6:8: "them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need"
Matthew 6:9: "pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed"
Matthew 6:14: "trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:"
Matthew 6:15: "trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Matthew 6:18: "to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and"
Matthew 6:18: "secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward"
Matthew 6:26: "barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better"
Matthew 6:32: "for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all"
Matthew 7:11: "how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give"
Matthew 7:21: "the will of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 8:21: "and bury my father."
Matthew 10:20: "the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."
Matthew 10:21: "to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up"
Matthew 10:29: "ground without your Father."
Matthew 10:32: "men, him will I confess also before my Father"
Matthew 10:33: "will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 10:35: "to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against"
Matthew 10:37: "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not"
Matthew 11:25: "and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,"
Matthew 11:26: "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."
Matthew 11:27: "unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the"
Matthew 11:27: "Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the"
Matthew 11:27: "knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and"
Matthew 12:50: "the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same"
Matthew 13:43: "the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."
Matthew 15:4: "saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth"
Matthew 15:4: "mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death."
Matthew 15:5: "say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift,"
Matthew 15:6: "honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus"
Matthew 15:13: "which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up."
Matthew 16:17: "it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 16:27: "the glory of his Father with his angels; and"
Matthew 18:10: "behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 18:14: "the will of your Father which is in heaven, that"
Matthew 18:19: "it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 18:35: "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if"
Matthew 19:5: "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and"
Matthew 19:19: "Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor"
Matthew 19:29: "or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife,"

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