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Lexicon :: Strong's G1656 - eleos

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eleos (Key)
Part of Speech
neuter noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Of uncertain affinity
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 2:477,222

Trench's Synonyms: xlvii. χάρις, ἔλεος.
cvii. Additional Synonyms

Strong’s Definitions

ἔλεος éleos, el'-eh-os; of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active):—(+ tender) mercy.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x

The KJV translates Strong's G1656 in the following manner: mercy (28x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 28x
The KJV translates Strong's G1656 in the following manner: mercy (28x).
  1. mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them

    1. of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one's self merciful

    2. of God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ

    3. the mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἔλεος éleos, el'-eh-os; of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active):—(+ tender) mercy.
ἔλεος, -ου, , mercy: that of God toward sinners, Titus 3:5; ἔλεον λαμβάνειν, to receive i. e. experience, Hebrews 4:16; that of men: readiness to help those in trouble, Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7 (from Hosea 6:6); Matthew 23:23. But in all these passages L T Tr WH have adopted the neuter form τὸ ἔλεος (which see), much more common in Hellenistic writings than the masculine ἔλεος, which is the only form in classic Greek [Sophocles (Lexicon, under the word) notes τὸ ἔλ. in Polybius 1, 88, 2; and Pape in Diodorus Siculus 3, 18 variant]. The Greek manuscripts of the O. T. also frequently waver between the two forms. Cf. [WHs Appendix, p. 158]; Winers Grammar, 66 (64); Buttmann, 22 (20).

ἔλεος, -ους, τό (a form more common in Hellenistic Greek than the classic ἔλεος, which see), mercy; kindness or good will toward the miserable and afflicted, joined with a desire to relieve them;
1. of men toward men: Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7; Matthew 23:23 (in these three passages, accusatives to L T Tr WH); James 2:13; James 3:17; ποιεῖν ἔλεος, to exercise the virtue of mercy, show oneself merciful, James 2:13; with the addition of μετά τίνος (in imitation of the very common Hebrew phrase עָשָׂה חֶסֶר עִם פ״ Genesis 21:23; Genesis 24:12; Judges 1:24, etc.; cf. Thiersch, De Pentateuchi vers. Alex., p. 147; [Winer's Grammar, 33 (32); 376 (353)]), to show, afford, mercy to one, Luke 10:37.
2. of God towards men;
a. universally: Luke 1:50; in benedictions: Galatians 6:16; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; [(probably) Titus 1:4 R L]; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:2. ἐμεγάλυνε κύριος τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ μετ' αὐτῆς, magnified his mercy toward her, i. e. showed distinguished mercy to her (after the Hebrew, see Genesis 19:19), Luke 1:58.
b. especially the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ: Luke 1:54; Romans 15:9; Ephesians 2:4; [Titus 3:5 L T Tr WH; Hebrews 4:16 L T Tr WH]; 1 Peter 1:3; σπλάγχνα ἐλέους (the genitive of quality [cf. Winers Grammar, 611 (568)]), wherein mercy dwells,—as we should say, the heart of mercy, Luke 1:78; ποιεῖν ἔλεος μετά τινος (see 1 above), Luke 1:72; σκεύη ἐλέους, vessels (fitted for the reception) of mercy, i. e. men whom God has made fit to obtain salvation through Christ, Romans 9:23; τῷ ὑμετέρῳ έλέει, by (in consequence of, moved by) the mercy shown you in your conversion to Christ, Romans 11:31 [cf. Winers Grammar, § 22, 7 (cf. § 61, 3 a.); Buttmann, 157 (137)].
3. the mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life: Jude 1:21; [2 Timothy 1:16, 18 (on the repetition of κύριος in 2 Timothy 1:18 cf. Genesis 19:24; 1 Samuel 3:21; 1 Samuel 15:22; 2 Chronicles 7:2; Genesis 1:27, etc. Winer's Grammar, § 22, 2); but Prof. Grimm understands κύριος here as referring to God; see κύριος, c. α.]. [Cf. Trench, § xlvii.; and see ἐλεέω at the end.]
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

1:27; 19:19; 19:24; 21:23; 24:12
1 Samuel
3:21; 15:22
2 Chronicles
9:13; 9:13; 12:7; 12:7; 23:23; 23:23
1:50; 1:54; 1:58; 1:72; 1:78; 10:37
9:23; 11:31; 15:9
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
1:2; 1:16; 1:18; 1:18
1:4; 3:5; 3:5
4:16; 4:16
2:13; 2:13; 3:17
1 Peter
2 John
1:2; 1:21

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G1656 matches the Greek ἔλεος (eleos),
which occurs 28 times in 27 verses in the TR Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:13 - But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, G1656 and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:7 - But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, G1656 and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:23 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, G1656 and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:50 - And his mercy G1656 is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:54 - He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; G1656
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:58 - And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy G1656 upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:72 - To perform the mercy G1656 promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:78 - Through the tender mercy G1656 of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 10:37 - And he said, He that shewed mercy G1656 on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 9:23 - And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, G1656 which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 11:31 - Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy G1656 they also may obtain mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:9 - And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; G1656 as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 6:16 - And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, G1656 and upon the Israel of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEph 2:4 - But God, who is rich in mercy, G1656 for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:2 - Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, G1656 and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 1:2 - To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, G1656 and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 1:16 - The Lord give mercy G1656 unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ti 1:18 - The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy G1656 of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
Unchecked Copy BoxTit 1:4 - To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, G1656 and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Unchecked Copy BoxTit 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy G1656 he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, G1656 and find grace to help in time of need.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 2:13 - For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; G1656 and mercy G1656 rejoiceth against judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJas 3:17 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy G1656 and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy G1656 hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Unchecked Copy Box2Jo 1:3 - Grace be with you, mercy, G1656 and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Unchecked Copy BoxJde 1:2 - Mercy G1656 unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Unchecked Copy BoxJde 1:21 - Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy G1656 of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
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