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:

1 Corinthians 4:21: "What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or"
1 Corinthians 7:7: "For I would that all men were even as I myself."
1 Corinthians 7:32: "But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things"
1 Corinthians 7:36: "so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry."
1 Corinthians 7:39: "be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in"
1 Corinthians 10:1: "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all"
1 Corinthians 10:20: "not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship"
1 Corinthians 10:27: "bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you,"
1 Corinthians 11:3: "But I would have you know, that the head of every"
1 Corinthians 12:1: "concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."
1 Corinthians 12:18: "the body, as it hath pleased"
1 Corinthians 14:5: "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather"
1 Corinthians 14:19: "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with"
1 Corinthians 14:35: "And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands"
1 Corinthians 15:38: "it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own"
1 Corinthians 16:7: "For I will not see you now by the way;"
2 Corinthians 1:8: "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our"
2 Corinthians 5:4: "being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon,"
2 Corinthians 8:10: "only to do, but also to be forward a year ago."
2 Corinthians 8:11: "of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of"
2 Corinthians 11:12: "that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein"
2 Corinthians 11:32: "the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend"
2 Corinthians 12:6: "For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for"
2 Corinthians 12:20: "find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as"
2 Corinthians 12:20: "shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings,"
Galatians 1:7: "that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."
Galatians 3:2: "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the"
Galatians 4:9: "elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?"
Galatians 4:17: "but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect"
Galatians 4:20: "I desire to be present with you now, and to change"
Galatians 4:21: "Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear"
Galatians 5:17: "do the things that ye would."
Galatians 6:12: "As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you"
Galatians 6:13: "keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory"
Philippians 2:13: "in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Colossians 1:27: "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the"
Colossians 2:1: "For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for"
Colossians 2:18: "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping"
1 Thessalonians 2:18: "Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul,"
1 Thessalonians 4:13: "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,"
2 Thessalonians 3:10: "you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."
1 Timothy 1:7: " Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor"
1 Timothy 2:4: "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto"
1 Timothy 5:11: "when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;"
2 Timothy 3:12: "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ"
Philemon 1:14: "without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy"
Hebrews 10:5: "Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared"
Hebrews 10:8: "and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which"
Hebrews 12:17: "ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:"
Hebrews 13:18: "conscience, in all things willing to live honestly."

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