Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV
Your Bible Version is the KJV
Go to Top
Link to This Page Cite This Page
Share this page Follow the BLB
Printable Page
The Blue Letter Bible
Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous

Dictionaries :: Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous

Choose a new font size and typeface
Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1939 Greek: epithumia

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"a desire, craving, longing, mostly of evil desires," frequently translated "lust," is used in the following, of good "desires:" of the Lord's "wish" concerning the last Passover, Luk 22:15; of Paul's "desire" to be with Christ, Phl 1:23; of his "desire" to see the saints at Thessalonica again, 1Th 2:17.

With regard to evil "desires," in Col 3:5 the RV has "desire," for the AV, "concupiscence;" in 1Th 4:5, RV, "lust," for AV, "concupiscence;" there the preceding word pathos is translated "passion," RV, for AV, "lust" (see AFFECTION); also in Col 3:5 pathos and epithumia are associated, RV, "passion," for AV, "inordinate affection." Epithumia is combined with pathema, in Gal 5:24; for the AV, "affections and lusts," the RV has "passions, and the lusts thereof." Epithumia is the more comprehensive term, including all manner of "lusts and desires;" pathema denotes suffering; in the passage in Gal. (l.c.) the sufferings are those produced by yielding to the flesh; pathos points more to the evil state from which "lusts" spring. Cp. orexis, "lust," Rom 1:27.
See CONCUPISCENCE, LUST, and Trench, Syn. lxxxvii.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g2107 Greek: eudokia

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

lit., "good pleasure" (eu, "well," dokeo, "to seem"), implies a gracious purpose, a good object being in view, with the idea of a resolve, showing the willingness with which the resolve is made. It is often translated "good pleasure," e.g., Eph 1:5, 9; Phl 2:13; in Phl 1:15, "good will;" in Rom 10:1, "desire," (marg., "good pleasure"); in 2Th 1:11, RV, "desire," AV and RV, marg., "good pleasure."

It is used of God in Mat 11:26 ("well pleasing," RV, for AV, "seemed good"); Luk 2:14, RV, "men in whom He is well pleased," lit., "men of good pleasure" (the construction is objective); Luk 10:21; Eph 1:5, 9; Phl 2:13.

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g1972 Greek: epipothesis

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"an earnest desire, a longing for" (epi, "upon," intensive, potheo, "to desire"), is found in 2Cr 7:7, 11, AV, "earnest desire," and "vehement desire;" RV, "longing" in both places.

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g1974 Greek: epipothia

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

with the same meaning as No. 3, is used in Rom 15:23, RV, "longing," AV, "great desire." Cp. epipothetos, Phl 4:1, "longed for," and epipotheo, "to long for" [see B, Note (4)].

A-5 Noun Strong's Number: g2307 Greek: thelema

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

denotes "a will, that which is willed" (akin to B, No. 6). It is rendered "desires," in Eph 2:3.

Note: In 1Pe 4:3, RV, boulema is rendered "desire."

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g515 Greek: axioo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to deem worthy," is translated "desire" in Act 28:22, where a suitable rendering would be "We think it meet (or good) to hear of thee;" so in Act 15:38.

B-2 Verb Strong's Number: g1937 Greek: epithumeo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to desire earnestly" (as with A, No. 1), stresses the inward impulse rather than the object desired. It is translated "to desire" in Luk 16:21; 17:22; 22:15; 1Ti 3:1; Hbr 6:11; 1Pe 1:12; Rev 9:6.

B-3 Verb Strong's Number: g2065 Greek: erotao

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

in Luk 7:36 is translated "desired;" in Luk 14:32, RV, "asketh," for AV, "desireth;" so in Jhn 12:21; Act 16:39; 18:20; 23:20; in ver. 18 "asked," for AV, "prayed."
See ASK.

B-4 Verb Strong's Number: g2442 Greek: homeiromai | himeiromai

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to have a strong affection for, a yearning after," is found in 1Th 2:8, "being affectionately desirous of you." It is probably derived from a root indicating remembrance.

B-5 Verb Strong's Number: g3713 Greek: orego

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to reach or stretch out," is used only in the Middle Voice, signifying the mental effort of stretching oneself out for a thing, of longing after it, with stress upon the object desired (cp. No. 2); it is translated "desire" in Hbr 11:16; in 1Ti 3:1, RV, "seeketh," for AV, "desireth;" in 1Ti 6:10, RV, "reached after," for AV, "coveted after." In Hbr 11:16, a suitable rendering would be "reach after."
See COVET, SEEK. Cp. orexis, lust, Rom 1:27.

B-6 Verb Strong's Number: g2309 Greek: thelo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to will, to wish," implying volition and purpose, frequently a determination, is most usually rendered "to will." It is translated "to desire" in the RV of the following: Mat 9:13; 12:7; Mar 6:19; Luk 10:29; 14:28; 23:20; Act 24:27; 25:9; Gal 4:17; 1Ti 5:11; Hbr 12:17; 13:18.

B-7 Verb Strong's Number: g1014 Greek: boulomai

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to wish, to will deliberately," expresses more strongly than thelo (No. 6) the deliberate exercise of the will; it is translated "to desire" in the RV of the following: Act 22:30; 23:28; 27:43; 28:18; 1Ti 2:8; 5:14; 6:9; Jud 1:5.

B-8 Verb Strong's Number: g2206 Greek: zeloo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to have a zeal for, to be zealous towards," whether in a good or evil sense, the former in 1Cr 14:1, concerning spiritual gifts RV, "desire earnestly," AV, "desire;" in an evil sense, in Jam 4:2, RV, "covet," for AV, "desire to have."

B-9 Verb Strong's Number: g154 Greek: aiteo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

"to ask," is rendered "to desire" in AV, e.g., in Mat 20:20; Luk 23:25 [RV, always "to ask (for)"].

B-10 Verb Strong's Number: g4692 Greek: speudo

Desire (Noun and Verb), Desirous:

is translated "earnestly desiring" in 2Pe 3:12, RV.

Note: The following are translated by the verb "to desire" in the AV.

(1) Eperotao, No. 3, with epi, intensive, "to ask, interrogate, inquire of, consult, or to demand of a person;" in Mat 16:1, RV, "asked."
See ASK.

(2) Zeteo, "to seek;" in Mat 12:46, 47, RV, "seeking;" in Luk 9:9, RV, "sought."

(3) Epizeteo, "to seek earnestly" (No. 2, with epi, intensive), in Act 13:7, RV, "sought;" in Phl 4:17, RV, "seek for" (twice).

(4) Epipotheo, "to long after, to lust;" in 2Cr 5:2, RV, "longing;" in 1Th 3:6; 2Ti 1:4, RV, "longing;" in 1Pe 2:2, RV, "long for." See A, Nos. 3, 4.

(5) Exaiteomai, intensive of No. 9, occurs in Luk 22:31.

(6) For parakaleo, see BESEECH, EXHORT, INTREAT.

(7) For "desirous of vain glory," see VAINGLORY.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search KJV

Let's Connect
Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan


The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

Donate Contact

Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization