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Strong's #1397 - δουλεία

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Noun Feminine
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  1. slavery, bondage, the condition of a slave
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5650 ‑ עֶבֶד (eh'‑bed);  6468 ‑ פְּעֻלָּה (peh‑ool‑law');  
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KJV (5)
Romans 2
Galatians 2
Hebrews 1
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Romans 2
Galatians 2
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Romans 2
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Romans 2
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

δουλ-εία, ἡ,

Ion. δουλ-ηΐη Anacr. 114, Hdt. 6.12: also δουλία Pi. P. 1.75:

I slavery, bondage, ll. cc., A. Th. 253; δουλείας γάγγαμον, ζυγά, Id. Ag. 360 (anap.), S. Aj. 944 (lyr.); δ. καὶ ὑπηρεσία Ar. V. 602; ἡ τῶν κρεισσόνων δ. imposed by them, Th. 1.8; ἡ ὑπὸ τῶν βαρβάρων δ. Pl. R. 469c; applied to the condition of the subject allies of Athens, Th. 5.9.

II collectively, slaves, δουλεύοντα δουλείαις ἐμαῖς E. Ba. 803; ἢν.. ἡ δ. ἐπανιστῆται if the slave-class rise in rebellion, Th. 5.23; ἡ Ἡρακλεωτῶν δ. Pl. Lg. 776d; τὰς.. Εἱλωτείας καὶ Πενεστείας καὶ δουλείας Arist. Pol. 1264a36.

III service for hire, μισθὸν δουλείας LXX 1 Kings 5:6.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

δουλεία (Tdf. δουλια (see Iota)), δουλείας, , (δουλεύω); slavery, bondage, the condition of a slave: τῆς φθορᾶς, the bondage which consists in decay (Winers Grammar, § 59, 8 a., cf. Buttmann, 78 (68)), equivalent to the law, the necessity, of perishing, Romans 8:21; used of the slavish sense of fear, devoid alike of buoyancy of spirit and of trust in God, such as is produced by the thought of death, Hebrews 2:15, as well as by the Mosaic law in its votaries, Romans 8:15 (πνεῦμα δουλείας); the Mosaic system is said to cause δουλεία on account of the grievous burdens its precepts impose upon its adherents: Galatians 4:24; Galatians 5:1. (From Pindar down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament


(T, -λία ), -ας ,

(< δουλεύω ),

[in LXX, as Exodus 13:3, for H5650 and cognates;]

slavery, bondage: Romans 8:15; Romans 8:21 Galatians 4:24; Galatians 5:1, Hebrews 2:15.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Ryl II. 153.32 ἕξι ] . . ἐφ᾽ ὃν αὐτὴ περίεστιν χρόνον τὴν τῶν αὐτῶν δούλων δουλί [αν, ";shall retain for so long as she survives the services of the said slaves"; (Edd.). P Grenf II. 75.4 (A.D. 305) ὁμολογῶ τετροφευκέν [αι ] σοι τὸ τέταρτον μέρος τῆς δουλίας, where, according to the editors, ";the sense seems to require that δουλεία should be taken in its abstract meaning, and τὸ τέταρτον μέρος as an indirect accusative."; The document is an acknowledgement by Tapaous, a νεκροτάφη of the city of Month, that she had received payment for food and clothing as one of four nurses in a certain household. In MGr δουλειά is used generally of any work or task, especially of a menial character.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
δουλεία δουλειαν δουλείαν δουλειας δουλείας douleian douleían douleias douleías
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