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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1248 - διακονία
- service, ministering, esp. of those who execute the commands of others
- of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men
- of the office of Moses
- of the office of the apostles and its administration
- of the office of prophets, evangelists, elders etc.
- the ministration of those who render to others the offices of Christian affection esp. those who help meet need by either collecting or distributing of charities
- the office of the deacon in the church
- the service of those who prepare and present food
1. service, Th. 1.133 (pl.), Pl. R. 371c, etc.; οὔκ ἐστι ταῦτ' ἀρχή, ἀλλ' ἐπιμέλειά τις καὶ δ. Aeschin. 3.13.
2. attendance on a duty, ministration, D. 18.206; ἡ δ. ἡ καθημερινή, of ministering to external wants, Acts 6:1; but also ἡ δ. τοῦ λόγου ib. 4, cf. 1.17, etc.
II body of servants or attendants, Plb. 15.25.21.
III instruments of service, = διακόνημα 11, Moschio ap. Ath. 5.208b.
διακονία , -ας , ἡ
(< διάκονος ),
the office and work of a διάκονος , service, ministry;
(a) of domestic duties (Field, Notes, 63): Luke 10:40;
(b) spec. of religious ministration, and the exercise of ministerial functions in the Church: Acts 1:17; Acts 1:25; Acts 6:1; Acts 6:4; Acts 11:29; Acts 12:25; Acts 20:24; Acts 21:19, Romans 11:13; Romans 12:7; Romans 15:31, 1 Corinthians 16:15, 2 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 9:1; 2 Corinthians 9:13, Ephesians 4:12, Colossians 4:17, 1 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Timothy 4:11, Hebrews 1:14, Revelation 2:19; δ . τ . θανάτου , 2 Corinthians 3:7; τ . πνεύματος , 2 Corinthians 3:8; τ . κατακρίσεως , τ , δικαιοσύνης , 2 Corinthians 3:9; τ . καταλλαγῆς , 2 Corinthians 5:18; τ . λειτουργίας , ib. 2 Corinthians 9:12; c. obj. gen., τὴν ὑμῶν δ ., 2 Corinthians 11:8; pl., 1 Corinthians 12:5.†
* δωροφορία , -ας , ἡ ,,
a bringing of presents: LTr., mg., for διακονία , Romans 15:31.†
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
The very interesting parallel in Plutarch for Luke 10:40, given by Field, Notes, p. 63, should not be missed. We are unable to quote the word from papyri before vi/A.D. : like διάκονος itself and the verb, it seems to have been somewhat literary except in an almost technical use, which brought it into common speech.
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