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Entry for Strong's #25 - ἀγαπάω

Transliteration
agapáō
Phonetics
ag-ap-ah'-o  
Word Origin
perhaps from agan (much) [or cf (5368)]
Parts of Speech
Verb
TDNT
1:21,5
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. of persons
    1. to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly
  2. of things
    1. to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 157 ‑ אַהֵב (aw‑hab', aw‑habe');  157 ‑ אַהֵב (aw‑hab', aw‑habe');  935 ‑ בּוֹא (bo);  2142 ‑ זָכַר (zaw‑kar');  2398 ‑ חָטָא (khaw‑taw');  2654 ‑ חָפֵץ (khaw‑fates');  3039 ‑ יָדִיד (yed‑eed');  3040 ‑ יְדִידָה (yed‑ee‑daw');  3173 ‑ יָחִיד (yaw‑kheed');  4191 ‑ מוּת (mooth);  4885 ‑ מָשׂוֹשׂ (maw‑soce');  6213 ‑ עָשָׂה (aw‑saw');  6601 ‑ פָּתָה (paw‑thaw');  7069 ‑ קָנָה (kaw‑naw');  7355 ‑ רָחַם (raw‑kham');  7521 ‑ רָצָה (raw‑tsaw');  8104 ‑ שָׁמַר (shaw‑mar');  8173 ‑ שָׁעַע (shaw‑ah');  8191 ‑ שַׁעֲשֻׁעִים (shah‑shoo'‑ah);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (142) NAS (142) HCS (142)
Matthew 7
Mark 4
Luke 9
John 27
Romans 6
1 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 3
Galatians 2
Ephesians 7
Colossians 2
1 Thessalonians 2
2 Thessalonians 2
2 Timothy 2
Hebrews 2
James 3
1 Peter 4
2 Peter 1
1 John 17
2 John 2
3 John 1
Revelation 4
Matthew 7
Mark 4
Luke 9
John 27
Romans 6
1 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 3
Galatians 2
Ephesians 7
Colossians 2
1 Thessalonians 2
2 Thessalonians 2
2 Timothy 2
Hebrews 2
James 3
1 Peter 4
2 Peter 1
1 John 17
2 John 2
3 John 1
Jude 1
Revelation 4
Matthew 8
Mark 5
Luke 13
John 37
Romans 8
1 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 4
Galatians 2
Ephesians 9
Colossians 2
1 Thessalonians 2
2 Thessalonians 2
2 Timothy 2
Hebrews 2
James 3
1 Peter 4
2 Peter 1
1 John 28
2 John 2
3 John 1
Jude 1
Revelation 4
BYZ TIS TR
V-AAI-1P 1
V-AAI-1S 7
V-AAI-2S 5
V-AAI-3P 3
V-AAI-3S 12
V-AAM-2P 2
V-AAP-DSM 1
V-AAP-GSM 2
V-AAP-NSM 3
V-AAS-2P 1
V-FAI-1S 1
V-FAI-2S 10
V-FAI-3S 4
V-FPI-3S 1
V-IAI-2P 2
V-IAI-3S 5
V-PAI-1P 3
V-PAI-1S 5
V-PAI-2P 3
V-PAI-2S 2
V-PAI-3P 1
V-PAI-3S 9
V-PAM-2P 6
V-PAM-3S 1
V-PAN 8
V-PAP-APM 3
V-PAP-DPM 4
V-PAP-DSM 2
V-PAP-GPM 1
V-PAP-NSM 14
V-PAS-1P 7
V-PAS-2P 5
V-PAS-3S 3
V-PPI-1S 1
V-RAP-DPM 1
V-RPP-ASF 3
V-RPP-DSM 1
V-RPP-NPM 3
V-AAI-1P 1
V-AAI-1S 5
V-AAI-2S 4
V-AAI-3P 2
V-AAI-3S 12
V-AAM-2P 1
V-AAP-GSM 2
V-AAP-NSM 3
V-AAS-2P 1
V-FAI-1S 1
V-FAI-2S 10
V-FAI-3S 4
V-FPI-3S 1
V-IAI-2P 2
V-IAI-3S 4
V-PAI-1P 3
V-PAI-1S 6
V-PAI-2P 3
V-PAI-2S 2
V-PAI-3P 1
V-PAI-3S 8
V-PAM-2P 7
V-PAM-3S 1
V-PAN 8
V-PAP-APM 3
V-PAP-DPM 4
V-PAP-DSM 1
V-PAP-GPM 1
V-PAP-NSM 13
V-PAS-1P 7
V-PAS-2P 5
V-PAS-3S 3
V-PPI-1S 1
V-RAP-DPM 1
V-RPP-ASF 3
V-RPP-DPM 1
V-RPP-DSM 1
V-RPP-NPM 3
V-AAI-1P 1
V-AAI-1S 5
V-AAI-2S 5
V-AAI-3P 3
V-AAI-3S 12
V-AAM-2P 1
V-AAP-DSM 1
V-AAP-GSM 2
V-AAP-NSM 3
V-AAS-2P 1
V-FAI-1S 1
V-FAI-2S 10
V-FAI-3S 4
V-FPI-3S 1
V-IAI-2P 2
V-IAI-3S 5
V-PAI-1P 3
V-PAI-1S 5
V-PAI-2P 3
V-PAI-2S 2
V-PAI-3P 1
V-PAI-3S 9
V-PAM-2P 7
V-PAM-3S 1
V-PAN 8
V-PAP-APM 3
V-PAP-DPM 4
V-PAP-GPM 1
V-PAP-NSM 14
V-PAS-1P 7
V-PAS-2P 5
V-PAS-3S 3
V-PPI-1S 1
V-RAP-DPM 1
V-RPP-ASF 3
V-RPP-DSM 1
V-RPP-NPM 3
NA WH
N-GSF 1
V-AAI-2S 1
V-PAI-3P 1
V-PAI-3S 2
V-PAN 2
V-PPI-1S 1
V-XPPASF 1
V-XPPDSM 1
V-AAI-1S 8
V-AAI-2S 5
V-AAI-3P 3
V-AAI-3S 14
V-AAM-2P 1
V-AAP-GSM 2
V-AAP-NSM 3
V-AAS-2P 2
V-FAI-1S 1
V-FAI-2S 10
V-FAI-3S 4
V-FPI-3S 1
V-IAI-2P 3
V-IAI-3S 5
V-PAI-1P 3
V-PAI-1S 8
V-PAI-2P 4
V-PAI-2S 3
V-PAI-3P 2
V-PAI-3S 9
V-PAM-2P 9
V-PAM-3S 1
V-PAN 8
V-PAP-APM 6
V-PAP-DPM 4
V-PAP-DSM 1
V-PAP-GPM 1
V-PAP-NSM 15
V-PAS-1P 7
V-PAS-2P 8
V-PAS-3S 3
V-PPI-1S 2
V-RAI-1P 1
V-RAP-DPM 1
V-RPP-ASF 3
V-RPP-DPM 1
V-RPP-DSM 1
V-RPP-NPM 4


Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἀγαπάω, (ῶ; (imperfect ἠγάπων); future ἀγαπήσω; 1aorist ἠγάπησα; perfect active (1person plural ἠγαπήκαμεν, 1 John 4:10 WH text), participle ἠγαπηκῶς ( 2 Timothy 4:8); passive (present ἀγαπῶμαι); perfect participle ἠγαπημένος; 1future ἀγαπηθήσομαι; (akin to ἄγαμαι ( Fick, Part 4:12; see ἀγαθός, at the beginning)); to love, to be full of good-will and exhibit the same: Luke 7:47; 1 John 4:7f; with the accusative of the person, to have a preference for, wish well to, regard the welfare of: Matthew 5:43 ff; Matthew 19:19; Luke 7:5; John 11:5; Romans 13:8; 2 Corinthians 11:11; 2 Corinthians 12:15; Galatians 5:14; Ephesians 5:25,28; 1 Peter 1:22, and elsewhere; used often in the First Epistle of John of the love of Christians toward one another; of the benevolence which God, in providing salvation for men, has exhibited by sending his Son to them and giving him up to death, John 3:16; Romans 8:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; 1 John 4:11,19; (noteworthy is Jude 1:1 L T Tr WH τοῖς ἐν Θεῷ πατρί ἠγαπημένοις; see ἐν, I:4, and cf. Lightfoot on Colossians 3:12); of the love which led Christ, in procuring human salvation, to undergo sufferings and death, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:2; of the love with which God regards Christ, John 3:35; (v. John 3:20> L marginal reading); John 10:17; 15:9>; Ephesians 1:6. When used of love to a master, God or Christ, the word involves the idea of affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, grateful recognition of benefits received: Matthew 6:24; Matthew 22:37; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 8:3; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:10,20, and elsewhere. With an accusative of the thing ἀγαπάω denotes "to take pleasure in the thing, prize it above other things, be unwilling to abandon it or do without it": δικαιοσύνην, Hebrews 1:9 (i. e. steadfastly to cleave to); τήν δόξαν, John 12:43; τήν πρωτοκαθεδρίαν, Luke 11:43; τό σκότος; and τό φῶς, John 3:19; τόν κόσμον. 1 John 2:15; τόν νῦν αἰῶνα, 2 Timothy 4:10, — both which last phrases signify to set the heart on earthly advantages and joys; τήν ψυχήν αὐτῶν, Revelation 12:11; ζωήν, 1 Peter 3:10 (to derive pleasure from life, render it agreeable to himself); to welcome with desire, long for: τήν ἐπιφάνειαν αὐτοῦ, 2 Timothy 4:8 ( Wisdom of Solomon 1:1 Wisdom of Solomon 6:13; Sirach 4:12, etc.; so of a person: ἠγαπήθη, Wisdom of Solomon 4:10, cf. Grimm at the passage). Concerning the unique proof of love which Jesus gave the apostles by washing their feet, it is said ἠγάπησεν αὐτούς, John 13:1, cf. Lücke or Meyer at the passage (but others take ἀγαπήσας here more comprehensively, see Weiss's Meyer, Godet, Westcott, Keil). The combination ἀγάπην ἀγαπᾶν τινα occurs, when a relative intervenes, in John 17:26; Ephesians 2:4 ( 2 Samuel 13:15 where τό μῖσος ἐμίσησεν αὐτήν is contrasted; cf. Genesis 49:25 εὐλόγησε σε εὐλογίαν; Ps. Sal. Song of Solomon 17:35> (in manuscript Pseudepig. Vet. Test. edition Fabric. i., p. 966; Libri Apocr. etc., edition Fritzsche, p. 588) δόξαν ἥν ἐδόξασεν αὐτήν); cf. Winer s Grammar, § 32,2; (Buttmann, 148f (129)); Grimm on 1 Maccabees 2:54. On the difference between ἀγαπάω and φιλέω, see φιλέω. Cf. ἀγάπη, 1at the end

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ἀγαπάω , - ,

[in LXX chiefly for H157;]

to love, to feel and exhibit esteem and goodwill to a person, to prize and delight in a thing.

1. Of human affection, to men: τ . πλησίον , Matthew 5:43; τ . ἐχθρούς , Matthew 5:44; to Christ, John 8:42; to God, Matthew 22:37; c. acc rei, Luke 11:43, John 12:43 Ephesians 5:25, 2 Timothy 4:8; 2 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 1:9, 1 Peter 2:17, 1 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 2:15, 1 John 2:15, Revelation 12:11.

2. Of divine love;

(a) God's love: to men, Romans 8:37; to Christ, John 3:35;

(b) Christ's love: to men, Mark 10:21; to God, John 14:31; c. cogn. acc, John 17:26, Ephesians 2:4.

SYN.: φιλέω G5368. From its supposed etymology (Thayer, LS; but v. also Boisacq) . is commonly understood properly to denote love based on esteem (diligo), as distinct from that expressed by φιλέω (amo), spontaneous natural affection, emotional and unreasoning. If this distinction holds, a. is fitly used in NT of Christian love to God and man, the spiritual affection which follows the direction of the will, and which, therefore, unlike that feeling which is instinctive and unreasoned, can be commanded as a duty. (Cf. ἀγάπη G26, and v. Tr., 12; Cremer, 9, 592; and esp. MM, VGT, s.v.)


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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The Pauline phrase in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ἀδελφοὶ ἠγαπημένοι ὑπὸ [τοῦ ] θεοῦ, which in this exact form is not found elsewhere in the NT (cf. in the LXX Sirach 45:1 ἠγαπημένον ὑπὸ (ἀπὸ א) θεοῦ καὶ ἀνθρώπων), is well illustrated by a similar use in connexion with Ptolemy on the Rosetta stone, OGIS 90.4 (B.C. 196) ἠγαπημένου ὑπὸ τοῦ Φθᾶ. Cf. a Munich papyrus in Chrest. I. 109.12 (end of iii/B.C.), where Wilcken restores [Πτολεμαῖ ]ος αἰωνόβιος ἠγα [πημένος ὑπὸ τῆς Ισιδος ]. It may be noted that in Mark 10:21 Field (Notes, p. 34) suggests the translation ";caressed"; for ἠγάπησεν, comparing Plut. Pericl. 1 : ξένους τινὰς ἐν Ῥώμῃ πλουσίους, κυνῶν τέκνα καὶ πιθήκων ἐν τοῖς κόλποις περιφέροντας καὶ ἀγαπῶντας (fondling) ἰδὼν ὁ Καῖσαρ. . . ἠρώτησεν εἰ παιδία παρ᾽ αὐτοῖς οὐ τίκτουσιν αἱ γυναῖκες. B. L. Gildersleeve (Justin Martyr, p. 135) suggests that ";the larger use of [ἀγαπᾶν ] in Christian writers is perhaps due to an avoidance of φιλεῖν in the sense of ‘kissing.’ "; He says Xenophon made the two words absolute synonyms, comparing Memorabilia ii. 7. 9 with 12; while he deprecates refinements in John 21:15-17, since ";the Evangelist himself did not see the point, as Augustin notes (Civ. Dei vii. 11)."; This seems undeniable in Xenophon l.c., though in so severely simple a writer as Jn it is extremely hard to reconcile ourselves to a meaningless use of synonyms, where the point would seem to lie in the identity of the word employed. Gildersleeve’s remark that ";ἀγαπᾶν is a colder word than φιλεῖν and less intimate"; will hold for ";profane"; Greek; but this is emphatically a case where the needs of a new subject take up a rather colourless word and indefinitely enrich it. In NT ἀγαπᾶν is purged of all coldness, and is deeper than φιλεῖν, though the latter remains more human. See R. H. Strachan’s references and discussion in Expos. VIII. vii. 263–7 (March 1914). A Christian metrical epitaph (Calder 69—after midd. iv/A.D.) has . with infin. as in Class. Grk : νῦν ἀγαπᾷς σὺ μαθεῖν τίς ἐγὼ ξένος ἢ πόθεν ἦλθα.

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List of Word Forms
αγαπα αγαπά αγάπα ἀγαπᾷ αγαπαν αγαπάν ἀγαπᾷν ἀγαπᾶν αγαπας αγαπάς ἀγαπᾷς αγαπατε αγαπάτε αγαπάτέ ἀγαπᾶτε ἀγαπᾶτέ αγαπατω αγαπάτω ἀγαπάτω αγαπηθησεται αγαπηθήσεται ἀγαπηθήσεται αγαπήσαι αγαπήσαντι αγαπησαντος αγαπήσαντος αγαπήσαντός ἀγαπήσαντος ἀγαπήσαντός αγαπησας αγαπήσας ἀγαπήσας αγαπήσασά αγαπησατε αγαπήσατε ἀγαπήσατε αγαπησει αγαπήσει ἀγαπήσει Αγαπησεις αγαπήσεις Ἀγαπήσεις αγαπήσετε αγαπησητε αγαπήσητε ἀγαπήσητε αγαπήσομεν αγάπησον αγαπησω αγαπήσω ἀγαπήσω αγαπω αγαπώ ἀγαπῶ αγαπωμαι αγαπώμαι ἀγαπῶμαι αγαπωμεν αγαπώμεν ἀγαπῶμεν αγαπώμεναι αγαπώμενος αγαπων αγαπών ἀγαπῶν αγαπωντας αγαπώντας αγαπώντάς ἀγαπῶντας αγαπώντες αγαπωντι ἀγαπῶντι αγαπώντος αγαπωντων αγαπώντων ἀγαπώντων αγαπώσαν αγαπώσι αγαπώσί αγαπωσιν αγαπώσιν ἀγαπῶσιν ηάπησε ηγαπα ηγάπα ἠγάπα ηγαπατε ηγαπάτε ηγαπάτέ ἠγαπᾶτε ἠγαπᾶτέ ηγάπηκα ηγάπηκά ηγαπηκαμεν ἠγαπήκαμεν ηγαπήκειν ηγαπηκοσι ηγαπηκόσι ἠγαπηκόσι ηγαπημένα ηγαπημένη ηγαπημενην ηγαπημένην ηγάπημενην ἠγαπημένην ηγαπημένης ηγαπημενοι ηγαπημένοι ἠγαπημένοι ηγαπημενοις ἠγαπημένοις ηγαπημένον ηγαπημένος ηγαπημένου ηγαπημενω ηγαπημένω ἠγαπημένῳ ηγαπησα ηγάπησα ηγάπησά ἠγάπησα ἠγάπησά ηγαπήσαμεν ηγάπησαμεν ηγαπησαν ηγάπησαν ηγάπησάν ἠγάπησαν ηγαπησας ηγάπησας ηγάπησάς ἠγάπησας ἠγάπησάς ηγάπησε ηγάπησέ ηγαπησεν ηγάπησεν ἠγάπησεν ἠγάπησέν agapa agapā̂i agapā̂in agapā̂is agapan agapas agapate agapâte agapâté agapato agapatō agapáto agapátō agapesantos agapēsantos agapḗsantos agapḗsantós agapesas agapēsas agapḗsas agapesate agapēsate agapḗsate agapesei agapēsei agapḗsei Agapeseis Agapēseis Agapḗseis agapesete agapēsēte agapḗsete agapḗsēte agapeso agapēsō agapḗso agapḗsō agapethesetai agapethḗsetai agapēthēsetai agapēthḗsetai agapo agapô agapō agapō̂ agapomai agapômai agapōmai agapō̂mai agapomen agapômen agapōmen agapō̂men agapon agapôn agapōn agapō̂n agapontas agapôntas agapōntas agapō̂ntas agaponti agapônti agapōnti agapō̂nti agaponton agapōntōn agapṓnton agapṓntōn agaposin agapôsin agapōsin agapō̂sin egapa egápa ēgapa ēgápa egapate egapâte egapâté ēgapate ēgapâte ēgapâté egapekamen egapḗkamen ēgapēkamen ēgapḗkamen egapekosi egapekósi ēgapēkosi ēgapēkósi egapemenen egapeménen ēgapēmenēn ēgapēménēn egapemeno ēgapēmenō egapemenoi egapeménoi ēgapēmenoi ēgapēménoi ēgapēménōi egapemenois egapeménois ēgapēmenois ēgapēménois egapesa egápesa egápesá ēgapēsa ēgápēsa ēgápēsá egapesan egápesan ēgapēsan ēgápēsan egapesas egápesas egápesás ēgapēsas ēgápēsas ēgápēsás egapesen egápesen egápesén ēgapēsen ēgápēsen ēgápēsén

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