θέλω ἐθέλω 




thel'-o or transliterated: ethelo;

Parts of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

apparently strengthened from the alternate form of 138

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: TDNT 3:44

KJV Translation Count — 210x

The KJV translates Strongs H1 in the following manner: will/would (159), will/would have (16), desire (13), desirous (3), list (3), to will (2), misc (4)

Outline of Biblical Usage

1. to will, have in mind, intend
a. to be resolved or determined, to purpose
b. to desire, to wish
c. to love
1. to like to do a thing, be fond of doing
d. to take delight in, have pleasure
For Synonyms see entry 5915

Strong's Definitions

thel'-o; or ἐθέλω, eth-el'-o; in certain tenses θελέω, thel-eh'-o; and ἐθέλω, eth-el-eh'-o, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the altnate form of (138) (αἱρέομαι); to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas (1014) (βούλομαι) properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e., choose or prefer (literal or figurative); by implication to wish, i.e. be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebrew to delight in: — desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, -ling [ly]).

Concordance Results Using KJV

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not G2309ing G2309 make her a publick example, was minded G2309 put her away privily.


In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and G2309 not be comforted, because they are not.


And if any man G2309 sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him G2309 thy cloke also.


Give G2309 him that asketh thee, and from him that G2309 borrow of thee turn not thou away.


Therefore all things whatsoever ye G2309 that men should do G2309 you, do ye even so G2309 them: for this is the law and the prophets.


And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.


And Jesus put forth his hand, and G2309uched him, saying, I G2309; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.


But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I G2309 G2309 mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come G2309 call the righteous, but sinners G2309 repentance.


And if ye G2309 receive it, this is Elias, which was for G2309 come.


But if ye had known what this meaneth, I G2309 G2309 mercy, and not sacrifice, ye G2309 not G2309 condemned the guiltless.