2409. hiereus
Lexical Summary
hiereus: a priest
Original Word: ἱερεύς
Transliteration: hiereus
Phonetic Spelling: (hee-er-yooce')
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a priest
Meaning: a priest
Strong's Concordance
priest, high priest.

From hieros; a priest (literally or figuratively) -- (high) priest.

see GREEK hieros

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 2409: ἱερεύς

ἱερεύς, ἱερέως, (ἱερός) (from Homer down), Hebrew כֹּהֵן, a priest; one who offers sacrifices and in general is busied with sacred rites;

a. properly, of the priests of the Gentiles, Acts 14:13; of the priests of the Jews, Matthew 8:4; Matthew 12:4; Mark 1:44; (Mark 2:26); Luke 1:5; Luke 5:14; John 1:19; Heb. 7:( L T Tr WH), (); , etc.; of the high priest, Acts 5:24 R G (Exodus 35:18; 1 Kings 1:8; 1 Macc. 15:1; Josephus, Antiquities 6, 12, 1); and in the same sense Christ is called ἱερεύς in Hebrews 5:6 (from Psalm 109:4 (); Hebrews 7:17; also ἱερεύς μέγας, Hebrews 10:21 (see ἀρχιερεύς, 3) (others take the adjective here not as blending with ἱερεύς into a technical or official appellation, but as descriptive, great; cf. Hebrews 4:14).

b. metaphorically, of Christians, because, purified by the blood of Christ and brought into close contact with God, they devote their life to him alone (and to Christ): Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:6, cf. Revelation 1:5; Revelation 5:9.


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