Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #1484: ethnos (pronounced eth'-nos)

probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together

1a) a company, troop, swarm

2) a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus

2a) the human family

3) a tribe, nation, people group

4) in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles

5) Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

Part of Speech: noun neuter

Relation: probably from G1486

Citing in TDNT: 2:364, 201


This word is used 165 times:

Revelation 12:5: "was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and"
Revelation 13:7: "and tongues, and nations."
Revelation 14:6: "earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue,"
Revelation 14:8: "that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine"
Revelation 15:4: "art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before"
Revelation 16:19: "the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon"
Revelation 17:15: "and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Revelation 18:3: "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the"
Revelation 18:23: "for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived."
Revelation 19:15: "it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them"
Revelation 20:3: "him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till"
Revelation 20:8: "shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four"
Revelation 21:24: "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light"
Revelation 21:26: "and honor of the nations into it."
Revelation 22:2: "the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

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