Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #5046: teleios (pronounced tel'-i-os)

from 5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with 3588) completeness:--of full age, man, perfect.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) brought to its end, finished

2) wanting nothing necessary to completeness

3) perfect

4) that which is perfect

4a) consummate human integrity and virtue

4b) of men

4b1) full grown, adult, of full age, mature

Part of Speech: adjective

Relation: from G5056

Citing in TDNT: 8:67, 1161


This word is used 19 times:

Matthew 5:48: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which"
Matthew 5:48: "is in heaven is perfect."
Matthew 19:21: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast,"
Romans 12:2: "and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
1 Corinthians 2:6: "we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this"
1 Corinthians 13:10: "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part"
1 Corinthians 14:20: "but in understanding be men."
Ephesians 4:13: "Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature"
Philippians 3:15: "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded,"
Colossians 1:28: "we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"
Colossians 4:12: "prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all"
Hebrews 5:14: "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have"
Hebrews 9:11: "by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say,"
James 1:4: "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect"
James 1:4: "work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
James 1:17: "gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down"
James 1:25: "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and"
James 3:2: "in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle"
1 John 4:18: "in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:"

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