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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #3875 - παράκλητος

Transliteration:
paráklētos
Phonetics:
par-ak'-lay-tos  
Word Origin:
a root word
Parts of Speech:
Noun Masculine
TDNT:
5:800,782
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. summoned, called to one's side, esp. called to one's aid
    1. one who pleads another's cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate
    2. one who pleads another's cause with one, an intercessor
      1. of Christ in his exaltation at God's right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins
    3. in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
      1. of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

παρά-κλητος, ον,

called to one's aid, in a court of justice: as Subst., legal assistant, advocate, D. 19.1, Lycurg. Fr. 102, etc.

2. summoned, δοῦλοι D.C. 46.20, cf. BGU 601.12 (ii A.D.).

II intercessor, Ph. 2.520: hence in NT, Παράκλητος, of the Holy Spirit, John 14:16; Ep.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 παράκλητος, παρακλητου, (παρακαλέω), properly, summoned, called to one's side, especially called to one's aid; hence,

1. "one who pleads another's cause before a Judges , a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate": Demosthenes, p. 341,11; ( Diogenes Laërtius 4,50, cf. Dio Cassius, 46,20.

2. universally, one who pleads another's cause with one, an intercessor: Philo, de mund. opif. § 59; de Josepho § 40; in Flaccum §§ 3,4; so of Christ, in his exaltation at God's right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins, 1 John 2:1 (in the same sense, of the divine Logos in Philo, vita Moys. iii. § 14).

3. in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of gospel truth, and to give them the divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom: John 14:16,26; John 15:26; John 16:7, cf. Matthew 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11 f ( Philo de mund. opif. § 6 at the beginning says that God in creating the world had no need of a παράκλητος, an adviser, counsellor, helper. The Targums and Talmud borrow the Greek words פְּרַקְלִיט and פְּרַקְלִיטָא and use them of any intercessor, defender, or advocate; cf. Baxtorf, Lex. Talm., p. 1843 ((edited by Fischer, p. 916)); so Targ. on Job 33:23 for מֵלִיץ מַלְאָך, i. e. an angel that pleads man's cause with God; (cf. πλουσίων παρακλητοι in ' Teaching' etc. 5 [ET] under the end; the Epistle of Barnabas 20,2 [ET]; Apostolic Constitutions 7,18)). Cf. Knapp, Scripta varii Argumenti, p. 124ff; Düsterdieck on 1 John 2:1, p. 147ff; (Watkins, Excursus G, in Ellicott's N. T. Commentary for English Readers; Westcott in the Speaker's commentary Additional Note on John 14:16; Schaff in Lange ibid.).

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