Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1586 - ἐκλέγομαι
- to pick out, choose, to pick or choose out for one's self
- choosing one out of many, i.e. Jesus choosing his disciples
- choosing one for an office
- of God choosing whom he judged fit to receive his favours and separated from the rest of mankind to be peculiarly his own and to be attended continually by his gracious oversight
- i.e. the Israelites
- of God the Father choosing Christians, as those whom he set apart from the irreligious multitude as dear unto himself, and whom he has rendered, through faith in Christ, citizens in the Messianic kingdom: (James 2:
- so that the ground of the choice lies in Christ and his merits only
Middle voice from G1537 and G3004 (in its primary sense)
ἐκ -λέγω ,
[in LXX chiefly for H977;]
to pick out, choose. In NT always mid. (exc. Luke 9:35, ἐκλελεγμένος , WH, ἀγαπητός , R, mg.), to pick out for oneself, choose (cf. M, Pr., 157 f.): c. acc rei, Luke 10:42; Luke 14:7; c. acc pers., Acts 6:5; Acts 15:22; Acts 15:25; of Christ (v. supr.), Luke 9:35; of Christ's choice of disciples, Luke 6:13, John 6:70; John 13:18; John 15:16; John 15:19 Acts 1:2; of the Divine choice: of persons, Mark 13:20, Acts 1:24; Acts 13:17; Acts 15:7, Ephesians 1:4, James 2:5; of things, 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 (Cremer, 402, 773).†
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The middle of this verb, which is used in all its NT occurrences, may be illustrated by PSI IV. 422.14 (iii/B.C.) ταῦτα τὰ ἀσθενέστερα ἐγλεξάμενος, P Meyer 8.12 (A.D. 151) μέχρι του ̣̑ . . . τῶν σωμάτων τ ̣ὰς ἀποφορὰς ἐγλεγομένου, P Oxy II. 237iv. 8 (A.D. 186) δούλο ]υ ̣ς καὶ ἀπελευ ̣[θέρου ]ς ̣ χορηγίας ἐκλεγομένων, and P Flor II. 228.22 (iii/A.D.) κάλλ [ισ ]τόν ἐστιν ἐγλέξασθαι αὐτά : also Syll 653.45 (B.C. 91) τὰ δὲ πίπτοντα διάφορα ἐκ τῶν μυστηρίων ἐγλεγόντω οἱ κατασταθέντες ὑπὸ τοῦ δάμου πέντε. On the use of the middle in Luke 14:7 ἐξελέγοντο, ";they picked out for themselves,"; and so ";chose,"; see Proleg. p. 157.
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