agapé: love, goodwillOriginal Word: ἀγάπη, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (ag-ah'-pay)
Short Definition: love
Definition: love, benevolence, good will, esteem; plur: love-feasts.
26 agápē – properly, love which centers in moral preference. So too in secular ancient Greek, 26 (agápē) focuses on preference; likewise the verb form (25 /agapáō) in antiquity meant "to prefer" (TDNT, 7). In the NT, 26 (agápē) typically refers to divine love (= what God prefers). Word Origin
beloved (1), love (1), love (112), love feasts (1), love's (1).
STRONGS NT 26: ἀγάπη
ἀγάπη, (ης, ἡ, a purely Biblical and ecclesiastical word (for Wyttenbach, following Reiske's conjecture, long ago restored ἀγαπήσων in place of ἀγάπης, ὧν in Plutarch, sympos. quaestt. 7, 6, 3 (vol. viii., p. 835, Reiske edition)). Secular authors from (Aristotle), Plutarch on used ἀγάπησις. "The Sept. use ἀγάπη for אַהֲבָה, Song of Solomon 2:4, 5, 7; Song of Solomon 3:5, 10; Song of Solomon 5:8; Song of Solomon 7:6; Song of Solomon 8:4, 6, 7; ("It is noticeable that the word first makes its appearance as a current term in the Song of Solomon; — certainly no undesigned evidence respecting the idea which the Alexandrian LXX translators had of the love in this Song" (Zezschwitz, Profangraec. u. Biblical Sprachgeist, p. 63)); Jeremiah 2:2; Ecclesiastes 9:1, 6; (2 Samuel 13:15). It occurs besides in Wis. 3:9 Wis. 6:19. In Philo and Josephus, I do not remember to have met with it. Nor is it found in the N. T. in Acts, Mark, or James; it occurs only once in Matthew and Luke, twice in Hebrews and Revelation, but frequently in the writings of Paul, John, Peter, Jude" (Bretschn. Lex. under the word); (Philo, deus immut. § 14). In signification it follows the verb ἀγαπάω; consequently it denotes
1. affection, good-will, love, benevolence: John 15:13; Romans 13:10; 1 John 4:18. Of the love of men to men; especially of that love of Christians toward Christians which is enjoined and prompted by their religion, whether the love be viewed as in the soul or as expressed: Matthew 24:12; 1 Corinthians 13:1-4, 8; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 2 Corinthians 2:4; Galatians 5:6; Philemon 1:5, 7; 1 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 6:10; Hebrews 10:24; John 13:35; 1 John 4:7; Revelation 2:4, 19, etc. Of the love of men toward God: ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ Θεοῦ; (obj. genitive (Winer's Grammar, 185 (175))), Luke 11:42; John 5:42; 1 John 2:15 (τοῦ πατρός); . Of the love of God toward men: Romans 5:8; Romans 8:39; 2 Corinthians 13:13 (14). Of the love of God toward Christ: John 15:10; John 17:26. Of the love of Christ toward men: John 15:9; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Romans 8:35; Ephesians 3:19. In construction: ἀγάπην εἰς τινα, 2 Corinthians 2:8 (?); Ephesians 1:15 (L WH omit; Tr marginal reading brackets τήν ἀγάπην); τῇ ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐν ἡμῖν i. e. love going forth from your soul and taking up its abode as it were in ours, equivalent to your love to us, 2 Corinthians 8:7 (Winers Grammar, 193 (181f); B. 329 (283)); μεθ' ὑμῶν i. e. is present with (embraces) you, 1 Corinthians 16:24; μεθ' ἡμῶν i. e. seen among us, 1 John 4:17. Phrases: ἔχειν ἀγάπην εἰς τινα, 2 Corinthians 2:4; Colossians 1:4 (L T Tr, but WH brackets); 1 Peter 4:8; ἀγάπην διδόναι to give a proof of love, 1 John 3:1; ἀγαπᾶν ἀγάπην τινα, John 17:26; Ephesians 2:4 (see in ἀγαπάω, under the end); ἀγάπης τοῦ πνεύματος, i. e. enkindled by the Holy Spirit, Romans 15:30; ὁ υἱός τῆς ἀγάπης the Son who is the object of love, equivalent to ἀγαπητός, Colossians 1:13 (Winers Grammar, 237 (222); (Buttmann, 162 (141))); ὁ Θεός τῆς ἀγάπης the author of love, 2 Corinthians 13:11; κόπος τῆς ἀγάπης troublesome service, toil, undertaken from love, 1 Thessalonians 1:3; ἀγάπην τῆς ἀληθείας love which embraces the truth, 2 Thessalonians 2:10; ὁ Θεός ἀγάπη ἐστιν God is wholly love, his nature is summed up in love, 1 John 4:8, 16; φίλημα ἀγάπης a kiss as a sign among Christians of mutual affection, 1 Peter 5:14; διά τήν ἀγάπην that love may have opportunity of influencing thee ('in order to give scope to the power of love,' DeWette, Wies.), Philemon 1:9, cf. Philemon 1:14; ἐν ἀγάπη lovingly, in an affectionate spirit, 1 Corinthians 4:21; on love as a basis (others, in love as the sphere or element), Ephesians 4:15 (where ἐν ἀγάπη is to be connected not with ἀληθεύοντες but with αὐξήσωμεν), Ephesians 4:16; ἐξ ἀγάπης influenced by love, Philippians 1:17 (16); κατά ἀγάπην in a manner befitting love, Romans 14:15. Love is mentioned together with faith and hope in 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Colossians 1:4; Hebrews 10:22-24. On the words ἀγάπη, ἀγαπᾶν, cf. Gelpke in the Studien und Kritiken for 1849, p. 646f; on the idea and nature of Christian love see Köstlin, Lehrbgr. des Ev. Joh. etc., p. 248ff, 332ff; Rückert, Theologie, ii. 452ff; Lipsius, Paulin. Reehtfertigungsl., p. 188ff; (Reuss, Theol. Chret. livr. vii. chap. 13).
2. plural, ἀγαπαι, , agapae, love-feasts, feasts expressing and fostering mutual love which used to be held by Christians before the celebration of the Lord's supper, and at which the poorer Christians mingled with the wealthier and partook in common with the rest of food provided at the expense of the wealthy: Jude 1:12 (and in 2 Peter 2:13 L Tr text WH marginal reading), cf. 1 Corinthians 11:17ff; Acts 2:42, 46; Acts 20:7; Tertullian, Apology c. 39, and ad Martyr. c, 3; Cypr. ad Quirin. 3, 3; Drescher, De vet. christ. Agapis. Giess. 1824; Mangold in Schenkel 1:53f; (B. D. under the word ; Dict. of Christ. Antiq. under the word Agapae; more fully in McClintock and Strong, under the word ).
From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast -- (feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love.
see GREEK agapao αγαπαις αγάπαις ἀγάπαις αγαπη αγάπη ἀγάπη ἀγάπῃ αγαπην αγάπην ἀγάπην αγαπης αγάπης ἀγάπης αγαπήσει αγαπήσεώς αγαπησιν αγάπησιν αγάπησίς agapais agápais agape agapē agápe agápē agápei agápēi agapen agapēn agápen agápēn agapes agapēs agápes agápēs
Strong's Greek 26
ἀγάπαις — 1 Occ.
ἀγάπη — 64 Occ.
ἀγάπην — 33 Occ.
ἀγάπης — 18 Occ.
Matthew 24:12 N-NFS
BIB: ψυγήσεται ἡ ἀγάπη τῶν πολλῶν
NAS: most people's love will grow cold.
KJV: shall abound, the love of many
INT: will grow cold the love of the many
Luke 11:42 N-AFS
BIB: καὶ τὴν ἀγάπην τοῦ θεοῦ
NAS: justice and the love of God;
KJV: judgment and the love of God: these
INT: and the love of God
John 5:42 N-AFS
BIB: ὅτι τὴν ἀγάπην τοῦ θεοῦ
NAS: you, that you do not have the love of God
KJV: ye have not the love of God in
INT: that the love of God
John 13:35 N-AFS
BIB: ἐστε ἐὰν ἀγάπην ἔχητε ἐν
NAS: if you have love for one another.
KJV: if ye have love one to another.
INT: you are if love you have among
John 15:9 N-DFS
BIB: ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ τῇ ἐμῇ
NAS: loved you; abide in My love.
KJV: in my love.
INT: in love my
John 15:10 N-DFS
BIB: ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ μου καθὼς
NAS: you will abide in My love; just
KJV: in my love; even as I
INT: in the love of me as
John 15:10 N-DFS
BIB: ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ
NAS: commandments and abide in His love.
KJV: in his love.
INT: in the love
John 15:13 N-AFS
BIB: μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἔχει
NAS: Greater love has no one
KJV: Greater love hath no man
INT: Greater than this love no one has
John 17:26 N-NFS
BIB: ἵνα ἡ ἀγάπη ἣν ἠγάπησάς
NAS: so that the love with which
KJV: [it]: that the love wherewith
INT: that the love with which you loved
Romans 5:5 N-NFS
BIB: ὅτι ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ θεοῦ
NAS: because the love of God
KJV: because the love of God
INT: because the love of God
Romans 5:8 N-AFS
BIB: τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ἀγάπην εἰς ἡμᾶς
NAS: His own love toward
KJV: commendeth his love toward us,
INT: the of himself love to us
Romans 8:35 N-GFS
BIB: ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ χριστοῦ
NAS: will separate us from the love of Christ?
KJV: from the love of Christ?
INT: from the love of Christ
Romans 8:39 N-GFS
BIB: ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ θεοῦ
NAS: to separate us from the love of God,
KJV: us from the love of God, which is in
INT: from the love of God
Romans 12:9 N-NFS
BIB: ἡ ἀγάπη ἀνυπόκριτος ἀποστυγοῦντες
NAS: [Let] love [be] without hypocrisy.
KJV: [Let] love be without dissimulation.
INT: [Let] love [be] sincere abhorring
Romans 13:10 N-NFS
BIB: ἡ ἀγάπη τῷ πλησίον
NAS: Love does no
KJV: Love worketh no
INT: Love to the neighbor
Romans 13:10 N-NFS
BIB: νόμου ἡ ἀγάπη
NAS: therefore love is the fulfillment
KJV: therefore love [is] the fulfilling
INT: of [the] law love [is]
Romans 14:15 N-AFS
BIB: οὐκέτι κατὰ ἀγάπην περιπατεῖς μὴ
NAS: according to love. Do not destroy
KJV: not charitably. Destroy
INT: no longer according to love you walk Not
Romans 15:30 N-GFS
BIB: διὰ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ πνεύματος
NAS: Christ and by the love of the Spirit,
KJV: for the love of the Spirit,
INT: by the love of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 4:21 N-DFS
BIB: ἢ ἐν ἀγάπῃ πνεύματί τε
NAS: or with love and a spirit
KJV: or in love, and [in] the spirit
INT: or in love spirit moreover
1 Corinthians 8:1 N-NFS
BIB: ἡ δὲ ἀγάπη οἰκοδομεῖ
NAS: makes arrogant, but love edifies.
KJV: puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
INT: but love builds up
1 Corinthians 13:1 N-AFS
BIB: τῶν ἀγγέλων ἀγάπην δὲ μὴ
NAS: but do not have love, I have become
KJV: not charity, I am become
INT: of angels love however not
1 Corinthians 13:2 N-AFS
BIB: ὄρη μεθιστάναι ἀγάπην δὲ μὴ
NAS: but do not have love, I am
KJV: have not charity, I am nothing.
INT: mountains to remove love however not
1 Corinthians 13:3 N-AFS
BIB: ἵνα καυχήσωμαι ἀγάπην δὲ μὴ
NAS: but do not have love, it profits
KJV: not charity, it profiteth me
INT: that I might be burned love however not
1 Corinthians 13:4 N-NFS
BIB: Ἡ ἀγάπη μακροθυμεῖ χρηστεύεται
NAS: Love is patient, love
KJV: Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind;
INT: Love has patience is kind
1 Corinthians 13:4 N-NFS
BIB: χρηστεύεται ἡ ἀγάπη οὐ ζηλοῖ
NAS: is patient, love is kind
KJV: [and] is kind; charity envieth
INT: is kind love not is envious