Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2309: thelesis (pronounced thel'-ay-sis)

apparently strengthened from the alternate form of 138; to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas 1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e. choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e. be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in:--desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, - ling(-ly)).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:

́ / ̓́

thelō / ethelō

1) to will, have in mind, intend

1a) to be resolved or determined, to purpose

1b) to desire, to wish

1c) to love

1c1) to like to do a thing, be fond of doing

1d) to take delight in, have pleasure

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138

Citing in TDNT: 3:44, 318


This word is used 210 times:

John 5:40: "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have"
John 6:11: "the fishes as much as they would."
John 6:21: "Then they willingly received him into the ship: and"
John 6:67: "Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?"
John 7:1: "in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry,"
John 7:17: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of"
John 7:44: "some of them would have taken him; but no man"
John 8:44: "lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer"
John 9:27: "ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will"
John 9:27: "would ye hear it again? will ye also be"
John 12:21: "him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus."
John 15:7: "you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
John 16:19: "Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said"
John 17:24: "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be"
John 21:18: "and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth"
John 21:18: "and carry thee whither thou wouldest not."
John 21:22: "saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come,"
John 21:23: "He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry"
Acts 2:12: "saying one to another, What meaneth"
Acts 7:28: " Wilt thou kill me, as thou didst"
Acts 7:39: "To whom our fathers would not obey, but"
Acts 9:6: "said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the"
Acts 10:10: "he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready,"
Acts 14:13: "unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people."
Acts 16:3: "Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took"
Acts 17:18: "some said, What will this babbler say?"
Acts 17:20: "therefore what these things mean."
Acts 18:21: "again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from"
Acts 19:33: "Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defense unto the people."
Acts 24:6: "whom we took, and would have judged according to our law."
Acts 24:27: "Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to show"
Acts 25:9: "But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered"
Acts 25:9: "answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there"
Acts 26:5: "me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the"
Romans 1:13: "Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes"
Romans 7:15: "not: for what I would, that do I not; but"
Romans 7:16: "I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law"
Romans 7:18: "no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform"
Romans 7:19: "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil"
Romans 7:19: "but the evil which I would not, that I do."
Romans 7:20: "do that I would not, it is no more I that do"
Romans 7:21: "then a law, that, when I would do good, evil"
Romans 9:16: "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God"
Romans 9:18: "Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will"
Romans 9:18: "on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."
Romans 9:22: "What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known,"
Romans 11:25: "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,"
Romans 13:3: "but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the"
Romans 16:19: "therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise"
1 Corinthians 4:19: "if the Lord will, and will know, not the"

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