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Strong's #1011 - βουλεύω

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  1. to deliberate with one's self, consider
  2. to take counsel, resolve
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Strong #: 213 ‑ אוּץ (oots);  1245 ‑ בָּקַשׁ (baw‑kash');  1580 ‑ גָּמַל (gaw‑mal');  2161 ‑ זָמַם (zaw‑mam');  2656 ‑ חֵפֶץ (khay'‑fets);  2803 ‑ חָשַׁב (khaw‑shab');  3289 ‑ יָעַץ (yaw‑ats');  3559 ‑ כּוּן (koon);  4427 ‑ מָלַךְ (maw‑lak');  5066 ‑ נָגַשׁ (naw‑gash');  6246 ‑ עֲשַׁת (ash‑eeth');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Il. 2.379, etc., aor. ἐβούλευσα Od. 5.23, etc., βούλ- Il. 14.464: pf. βεβούλευκα S. OT 701: Med. and Pass., v. infr.: (βουλή):

I take counsel, deliberate, in past tenses, determine or resolve after deliberation:

1 abs., ὣς βουλεύσαντε Il. 1.531; βουλευέμεν ἠδὲ μάχεσθαι in council or in battle, Od. 14.491; β. ὅπως ὄχ' ἄριστα γένοιτο 9.420, cf. 11.229; δυσμενέεσσι φόνου πέρι β. 16.234; ἔς γε μίαν βουλεύσομεν (sc. βουλήν) we shall agree to one plan, Il. 2.379; θυμῷ β. Od. 12.58; β. περί τινος Hdt. 1.120, Th. 3.28, 5.116: in Prose, chiefly Med. in this sense, v. infr. B.

2. c. acc. rei, deliberate on, plan, devise, β. βουλάς Il. 24.652, al.; οὐ.. τοῦτον μὲν ἐβούλευσας νόον αὐτή; Od. 5.23; ὁδόν 1.444; φύξιν Il. 10.311, 398; κέρδεα Od. 23.217; ψεύδεα 14.296: c. dat. pers., τῷ γάρ ῥα θεοὶ βούλευσαν ὄλεθρον Il. 14.464, cf. Hdt. 9.110; θάνατόν τινι Pl. Lg. 872a; β. πῆμά τινι Od. 5.179, etc.; κέλευθον A. Pers. 758; ποινάς Id. Ag. 1223; νεώτερα β. περί τινος Hdt. 1.210: Pass. (with fut. Med., A. Th. 198), aor. ἐβουλεύθην Hdt. 7.157, Th. 1.120, Pl. R. 442b: pf. βεβούλευμαι (usu. in med. sense, v. infr. B): to be determined or planned, ψῆφος κατ' αὐτῶν βουλεύσεται A. l.c.; βεβούλευται τάδε Id. Pr. 998, cf. Hdt. 7.10. δ; τὰ βεβουλευμένα, = βουλεύματα, Id. 4.128; τὰ βουλευόμενα X. Cyr. 6.2.2; πῶς σφῷν βεβούλευται Pl. Euthd. 274a.

3. c. inf., take counsel, resolve to do, τὸν μὲν ἐγὼ βούλευσα.. οὐτάμεναι Od. 9.299, cf. Hdt. 1.73, 6.52, 61, etc.: Pass., τοῖσι ἐβεβούλευτο τὸ παιδίον προσουδίσαι Id. 5.92. γ.

II give counsel, τὰ λῷστα β. A. Pr. 206; β. δυνατός Pl. Lg. 694b: c. dat. pers., advise, ἵνα σφίσι βουλεύησθα Il. 9.99, cf. A. Eu. 697.


1. sit in council, of the Spartan γέροντες, Hdt. 6.57; to be a member of a βουλή, Arist. Pol. 1282a30; esp. of the Council of 500 at Athens, Antipho 6.45, And. 1.75, X. Mem. 1.1.18, Arist. Ath. 62.3; ἡ βουλὴ ἡ βουλεύουσα Lys. 13.19; βουλὴν β. to be a member of the β., ib.20; βουλεύειν λαχών Pl. Grg. 473e. Med., fut. -εύσομαι A. Ag. 846, Ch. 718, Th. 1.43, Pl. Smp. 174d: aor. ἐβουλευσάμην S. OT 537, etc.; βουλ- Il. 2.114; ἐβουλεύθην D.H. 15.7: pf. βεβούλευμαι Hdt. 3.134, S. El. 385, Th. 1.69, E. Supp. 248, Pl. Chrm. 176c (also in pass. sense, v. supr.): more freq. in Att. Prose than Revelation 1:1-20 abs., take counsel with oneself, deliberate, Hdt. 7.10. δ, Arist. EN 1112b11, 20; παραχρῆμα οὐδὲ -σάμενος D. 37.13; ἅμα τινί Hdt. 8.101; περὶ τοῦ μέλλοντος τῶν οἰκείων Th. 3.44, cf. Pl. Phdr. 231a; περί τι Id. R. 604c; ὑπέρ τινος ib. 428d; πρὸς τὴν γεγενημένην ξυμφοράν Th. 7.47: c. acc. cogn., β. βούλευμα And. 3.29; βουλήν Pl. Plt. 298b, etc.; ἴσον τι ἢ δίκαιον Th. 2.44: also like Act., take counsel, πρός τινας LXX 4 Ki. 6.8.

2. act as member of council, and so originate measures, β. καὶ κρίνειν Arist. Pol. 1281b31; τὸ βουλευόμενον ib. 1291a28.

3. c. acc. rei, determine with oneself, resolve on, κακὴν ἀπάτην βουλεύσατο Il. 2.114 (Med. here only in Hom.); ἀλλοῖόν τι περί τινος Hdt. 5.40, cf. Pl. Ap. 32c.

4. c. inf., resolve to do, Hdt. 3.134, Pl. Chrm. 176c.

5. rarely folld. by Relat., β. ὅ τι ποιήσεις ibid.; β. ὅπως.. with subj., X. Cyr. 1.4.13; β. πῶς τις, c. fut., Id. An. 3.4.40; πῶς καὶ τί πρακτέον εἴη Plb. 1.33.3; ἵνα.John 12:10.

Thayer's Expanded Definition


1. to deliberate, take counsel, resolve, give counsel (Isaiah 23:8; (from Homer down)).

2. to be a councillor or senator, discharge the office of a senator: Xenophon, mem. 1, 1, 18; Plato, Gorgias, p. 473{e}; (others). In the N. T. middle, (present βουλεύομαι; imperfect ἐβουλευομην; future βουλεύσομαι, Luke 14:31 L marginal reading T WH; 1 aorist ἐβουλευσαμην):

1. to deliberate with oneself consider: followed by εἰ, Luke 14:31, (Xenophon, mem. 3, 6, 8).

2. to take counsel, resolve: followed by an infinitive, Acts 5:33 (R G T Tr marginal reading); (Rec.); ; τί, 2 Corinthians 1:17; followed by ἵνα, John 11:53 L T Tr text WH; (cf. Winer's Grammar, § 38, 3). (Compare: παραβουλεύω (παραβούλομαι), συμβουλεύω.)

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(< βουλή ),

[in LXX chiefly for H3289;]

to take counsel, deliberate, resolve. In mid.,

1. to take counsel with oneself, consider: seq. εἰ , Luke 14:31.

2. to determine with oneself, resolve: c. inf., Acts 5:33; Acts 27:39; c. acc, 2 Corinthians 1:17; seq. ἵνα , John 11:53; John 12:10 (cf. παρα -, συμ -).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For the verb in its general sense followed by an infinitive, as in Acts 5:33 א D, cf. P Tebt I. 58.28 (B.C. 111) βεβουλεύμεθα ἐκσπάσαι τὸ ἐπιδεδομένον ὑπόμνη (μα ), ";we have determined to abstract the memorandum"; (Edd.), P Fay 116.9 (A.D. 104) ἐπὶ βουλεύωμαι [εἰς π ]όλιν ἀπελθῖν χάριν [τον ] μικροῦ , ";as I am intending to go to the city on account of the little one"; (Edd.), P Leid Wxi. 44 (ii/iii A.D.) βουλευομένον (= ου ) δὲ τὸ τρίτον τρίτον (om.) κακγᾶσε (l. καγχᾶσαι ), ";volente vero tertium cachinnari"; (Ed.). The active (as in Isaiah 23:8) was perhaps obsolete : BGU IV. 1097.8 has been emended—see συμβουλεύω . The verb is absolute in the oldest dated Greek papyrus, P Eleph 1.5 (a marriage contract, B.C. 311–0) (= Selections, p. 2)—the couple are to live ὅπου ἂν δοκῆι ἄριστον εἶναι βουλευομένοις κοινῆι βουλῆι . It is used of a judge conferring with his assessors in Chrest. II. 372iv. 19 (ii/A.D.) Εὐδα [ ]μων βουλευσάμενος σὺν τοῖς παρο [ ]σι εἶπεν κτλ . Note for the subst. P Fay 20.2 (iii/iv A.D.) ὅθεν μοι παρέστη τὸ βούλευμα τοῦτο , ";wherefore I have formed this intention"; (Edd.).



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