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Strong’s number: G3875
Greek Lexical Dictionary: Strong’s #3875 – παράκλητος
Greek Word: παράκλητος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (par-ak’-lay-tos)
Quick Definition: called to one’s aid
Usage: (a) an advocate, intercessor, (b) a consoler, comforter, helper, (c) Paraclete.
Etymology: 3875 paráklētos (from 3844 /pará, “from close-beside” and 2564 /kaléō, “make a call”) – properly, a legal advocate who makes the right judgment-call because close enough to the situation. 3875 /paráklētos (“advocate, advisor-helper”) is the regular term in New Testament times of an attorney (lawyer) – i.e. someone giving evidence that stands up in court.
NASB Translation: Advocate (1), Helper (4).
New Testament usage
5X in the New Testament: Joh 14:16; Joh 14:26; Joh 15:26; Joh 16:7; 1Jn 2:1.
Not used in the Septuagint.
Englishman’s Concordance: παράκλητος (paraklétos)
- summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid
- one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate
- one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor
- of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins
- in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
- of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom
Strong’s G3875: An intercessor, consoler: – advocate, comforter.
Mounce G3875: Gloss: counselor, intercessor, helper, one who encourages and comforts; in the NT it refers exclusively to the Holy Spirit and to Jesus Christ.
Definition: one called, or sent for to assist another; an advocate, one who pleads the cause of another,1 John 2:1; genr. one present to render various beneficial service,and thus the Paraclete,whose influence and operation were to compensate for the departure of Christ himself, John 14:16; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7.
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