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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2822 - κλητός
- called, invited (to a banquet)
- invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ
- called to (the discharge of) some office
- divinely selected and appointed
κλητ-ός, ή, όν,
1. invited, Aeschin. 2.162, etc.; welcome, Od. 17.386.
2. called out, chosen, Il. 9.165.
3. invoked, Anon. ap. Suid.
4. summoned to court, PAmh. 2.79.5 (ii A.D.). II Subst. κλητή (sc. ἐκκλησία), ἡ, convocation, LXX Exodus 12:16, Leviticus 23:2 (pl.).
κλητός , -ή , -όν
(< καλέω ),
called, invited (as to a banquet, Æsch., 1Sa 1:41, 3 Maccabees 5:14); in NT, always of the Divine call;
(a) to some office: κ . ἀπόστολος , Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1;
(b) to salvation: Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 1:24, Judges 1:1; κ . καὶ ἐκλεκτοὶ κ . πιστοί , Revelation 17:14; in gosp. (not in pl., see καλέω ) disting. fr.ἐκλεκτός , Matthew 20:16 (WH, txt., R, omit), Matthew 22:14; κ . Ἰησοῦ Χρ ., Romans 1:6; κ . ἅγιοι , saints by calling, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2.†
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κλητός is found in P Amh II. 79.5 (c. A.D. 186), but unfortunately in a much mutilated context. The way is prepared for the NT usage (see Lightfoot on Colossians 3:12) by the mention of the ";guests"; (οἱ κλητοί) of Adonijah in 1 Kings 1:41; 1 Kings 1:49. Slaten (Qualitative Nouns, p. 57) throws out the conjecture that κλητός was a cult term adopted by the Christians from the terminology of the Greek mysteries, but he offers no evidence.As bringing out that οἱ κλητοί, as distinguished from οἱ κεκλημένοι, denotes that the call has been obeyed, we may cite Cl. Alex. Strom. I. 89. 3 (p. 57, ed. Sthälin) πάντων τοίνυν ἀνθρώπων κεκλημένων οἱ ὑπακοῦσαι βουληθέντες ῾κλητοὶ᾽ ὠνομάσθησαν.
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