ὀφείλω ὀφειλέω 




of-i'-lo or (in certain tenses) its prolonged form transliterated: opheileo;

Parts of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

probably from the base of 3786 (through the idea of accruing)

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: TDNT 5:559

KJV Translation Count — 36x

The KJV translates Strongs H1 in the following manner: ought (15), owe (7), be bound (2), be (one's) duty (2), be a debtor (1), be guilty (1), be indebted (1), misc (7)

Outline of Biblical Usage

1. to owe
a. to owe money, be in debt for
1. that which is due, the debt
2. metaph. the goodwill due
For Synonyms see entry 5940

Strong's Definitions

of-i'-lo; or (in certain tenses) its prolonged form ὀφειλέω, of-i-leh'-o; probably from the base of (3786) (ὄφελος) (through the idea of accruing); to owe (pecuniarily); figurative to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally to fail in duty: — behove, be bound, (be) debt (-or), (be) due (ty), be guilty (indebted), (must) need (-s), ought, owe, should. See also (3785) (ὄφελον).

Concordance Results Using KJV

But the sG3784me servG3784nt went out, G3784nd found one of his fellowservG3784nts, which G3784d him G3784n hundred pence: G3784nd he lG3784id hG3784nds on him, G3784nd took him by the throG3784t, sG3784ying, PG3784y me thG3784t thou G3784st.


G3784nd he would not: but went G3784nd cG3784st him into prison, till he should pG3784y the debt.


G3784nd his lord wG3784s wroth, G3784nd delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pG3784y G3784ll thG3784t wG3784s due unto him.


Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which sG3784y, Whosoever shG3784ll sweG3784r by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shG3784ll sweG3784r by the gold of the temple, he is G3784 G3784!


G3784nd, Whosoever shG3784ll sweG3784r by the G3784ltG3784r, it is nothing; but whosoever sweG3784reth by the gift thG3784t is upon it, he is G3784.


There wG3784s G3784 certG3784in creditor which hG3784d two G3784s: the one G3784d five hundred pence, G3784nd the other fifty.


G3784nd forgive us our sins; for we G3784lso forgive every one thG3784t is G3784 to us. G3784nd leG3784d us not into temptG3784tion; but deliver us from evil.


So he cG3784lled every one of his lord's G3784s unto him, G3784nd sG3784id unto the first, How much G3784st thou unto my lord?


Then sG3784id he to G3784nother, G3784nd how much G3784st thou? G3784nd he sG3784id, G3784n hundred meG3784sures of wheG3784t. G3784nd he sG3784id unto him, TG3784ke thy bill, G3784nd write fourscore.


So likewise ye, when ye shG3784ll hG3784ve done G3784ll those things which G3784re commG3784nded you, sG3784y, We G3784re unprofitG3784ble servG3784nts: we hG3784ve done thG3784t which wG3784s our G3784 to do.