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Strong's #1012 - βουλή

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  1. counsel, purpose
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Strong #: 1847 ‑ דַּעַת (dah'‑ath);  3289 ‑ יָעַץ (yaw‑ats');  3627 ‑ כְּלִי (kel‑ee');  4150 ‑ מוֹעָדָה (mo‑ade', mo‑ade', mo‑aw‑daw');  4209 ‑ מְזִמָּה (mez‑im‑maw');  4284 ‑ מַחֲשֶׁבֶת (makh‑ash‑aw‑baw', makh‑ash‑eh'‑beth);  4428 ‑ מֶלֶךְ (meh'‑lek);  5475 ‑ סוֹד (sode);  6098 ‑ עֵצָה (ay‑tsaw');  6110 ‑ עֲצֻמוֹת (ats‑tsoo‑maw');  6195 ‑ עָרְמָה (or‑maw');  8454 ‑ תֻּשִׁיָּה (too‑shee‑yaw', too‑shee‑yaw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

βουλή, ἡ,

Dor. βωλά Decr.Byz. ap. D. 18.90, Aeol. βόλλα Schwyzer 623.1 (ii B. C.), Plu. 2.288b: acc. pl. βουλᾰς Hes. Th. 534: (βούλομαι):


1. will, determination, esp. of the gods, Il. 1.5, etc.

2. counsel, design, βουλὰς βουλεύουσι Il. 24.652, etc.: generally, counsel, advice, opp. μάχεσθαι, Il. 1.258, cf. 2.202, etc.; κακὴ β. Hes. Op. 266; πρᾶτος.. καὶ βουλᾷ καὶ χερσὶν ἐς Ἄρεα IG 9(1).658 (Ithaca); νυκτὶ βουλὴν διδόναι Hdt. 7.12 (but ἐν νυκτὶ β. διδοὺς ἐμαυτῷ Men. Epit. 35); ἐν β. ἔχειν τὰ γενόμενα Hdt. 3.78; β. ποιεῖσθαι, = βουλεύεσθαι, Id. 6.101, etc.; β. διδόναι X. Cyr. 7.2.26; β. προτιθέναι περί τινος D. 18.192; β. ἄγειν Polyaen. 7.39; ἐν βουλῇ γενέσθαι πότερον.. D.H. 2.44; τούτοις οὐκ ἔστι κοινὴ β. they have no common ground of argument, Pl. Cri. 49d; βουλῆς ὀρθότης ἡ εὐβουλία Arist. EN 1142b16: in pl., counsels, A. Pr. 221, Th. 842 (lyr.); ἐν βουλαῖς ἄριστος, ἐν βουλαῖσι κράτιστος, Epigr.Gr. 854, IG 3.716.

3. deliberation, Arist. EN 1112a19, D. 9.46.

4. decree, β. εἰσηγεῖσθαι And. 1.61; β. ἄκυρον θεῖναι Id. 2.28.

II Council of elders, Senate, βουλ ὴν ἷζε γερόντων Il. 2.53, cf. Od. 3.127, A. Ag. 884; esp. at Athens, Council or Senate of 500 created by Cleisthenes, Hdt. 9.5, Ar. V. 590, Antipho 6.40, etc.; commonly called ἡ β. (or ἡ β. οἱ πεντακόσιοι Aeschin. 3.20, to distinguish it from ἡ β. ἡ ἐν Ἀρείῳ πάγῳ ibid.; also β. ἀπὸ κυάμου Th. 8.66); in other states, as at Argos, Hdt. 7.149; at Thebes, X. HG 5.2.29; of the Roman Senate, D.H. 6.69, etc.; of local senates, POxy. 58.14 (iii A. D.), etc.; βουλῆς εἶναι to be of the Council, a member of it, Th. 3.70 (whence Sch. and Suid. made a Subst. βουλῆς, ὁ) ; ἀνὴρ βουλῆς τῆς Ῥωμαίων Paus. 5.20.8; ἄνδρα ἐκ τῆς βουλῆς Id. 7.11.1.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

βουλή, βουλῆς, (βούλομαι), from Homer down; often in the Sept. for עֵצָה; counsel, purpose: Luke 23:51 (where distinguished from πρᾶξις); Acts 5:38; Acts 27:12 (see τίθημι, 1 a.), 42; plural 1 Corinthians 4:5; βουλή τοῦ Θεοῦ, Acts 13:36; especially of the purpose of God respecting the salvation of men through Christ: Luke 7:30; Acts 2:23; Acts 4:28; (Hebrews 6:17); πᾶσαν τήν βουλήν τοῦ Θεοῦ all the contents of the divine plan, Acts 20:27; βουλή τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ the counsel of his will, Ephesians 1:11.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

βουλή , ῆς ,

(< βούλομαι ),

[in LXX freq. for H6098;]

counsel, purpose (in cl., esp. of the gods): Luke 23:51, Acts 4:28; Acts 5:38; Acts 19:1; Acts 27:12; Acts 27:42; pl., 1 Corinthians 4:5; of the Divine purpose, Hebrews 6:17; τ . βουλὴν τ . θελὴματος αὐτοῦ , Ephesians 1:11; β . τ . Θεοῦ , Luke 7:30, Acts 2:23; Acts 13:36; Acts 20:27.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The word βουλή is always used both in the LXX and the NT = ";counsel,"; and never in its technical sense of ";council."; For this latter usage in Egypt reference may be made to Hohlwein L’Égypte Romaine, p. 134 ff., and to the editor’s note to P Lond 405.18 (c. A.D. 346) (= II. p. 295). The description of a man as θεῶν βουλαῖος , ";counsellor of the gods"; in CIG 1167 (see LS s.v. βουλαῖος ) may be compared with the reference in Diod. ii. 31 f. to the 30 stars which the Chaldaeans distinguished as θεοὶ βουλαῖοι (Archiv i. p. 499). For the ordinary sense of ";counsel"; it will be enough to quote P Eleph 1.6 (see above under βουλεύω ). See Bishop E. L. Hicks’s note in CR i. p. 43.



The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
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List of Word Forms
βουλαί βουλαίς βουλας βουλάς βουλὰς βουλη βουλή βουλὴ βουλῇ βουλην βουλήν βουλὴν βουλης βουλής βουλῆς boulas boulàs boule boulē boulḕ boulêi boulē̂i boulen boulēn boulḕn boules boulês boulēs boulē̂s
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