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Strong's #2999 - λατρεία

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  1. service rendered for hire
    1. any service or ministration: the service of God
  2. the service and worship of God according to the requirements of the Levitical law
  3. to perform sacred services
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5656 ‑ עֲבוֹדָה (ab‑o‑daw', ab‑o‑daw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

λατρ-εία, ἡ,

1. the state of a hired labourer, service, A. Pr. 966; ἐπίπονον ἔχειν λ. S. Tr. 830 (lyr.): pl., οἵας λατρείας ἀνθ' ὅσου ζήλου τρέφει Id. Aj. 503, cf. E. Ph. 225 (lyr.), etc.: metaph., the business or duties of life, Plu. 2.107c.

2. λ. τοῦ θεοῦ, θεῶν, service to the gods, divine worship, Pl. Ap. 23c, Phdr. 244e (pl.): abs., LXX Exodus 12:25, al., Romans 9:4, etc.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

λατρεία, λατρείας, (λατρεύω, which see);

1. in Greek authors "service rendered for hire; then any service or ministration (Tragg., Plutarch, Lucian); the service of God": τοῦ Θεοῦ, Plato, Apology 23 b.; καταφυγεῖν πρός θεῶν εὐχάς τέ καί λατρείας, ibid. Phaedr., p. 244 e.;servitus religionis, quam λατρείαν Graeci vocant, Augustine civ. dei 5, 15.

2. in the Greek Bible, the service or worship of God according to the requirements of the levitical law (Hebrew עֲבֹדָה, Exodus 12:25f, etc.): Romans 9:4; Hebrews 9:1 (1 Macc. 2:19, 22); λατρείαν προσφέρειν τῷ Θεῷ (to offer service to God) equivalent to θυσίαν προσφέρειν εἰς λατρείαν (to offer a sacrifice in service), John 16:2; ἐπιτελεῖν τάς λατρείας, to perform the sacred services (see ἐπιτελέω, 1), spoken of the priests, Hebrews 9:6; universally, of any worship of God, λογικη λατρεία, Romans 12:1 (cf. Winer's Grammar, § 59, 9 a.); (of the worship of idols, 1 Macc. 1:43).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

λατρεία , -ας ,

(< λατρεύω , q.v.),

[in LXX (always of divine service): Exodus 12:25-26; Exodus 13:5, Joshua 22:27, 1 Chronicles 28:13 (H5656), 1 Maccabees 1:43; 1 Maccabees 2:19; 1 Maccabees 2:22, 3 Maccabees 4:14*;]

1. hired service, service.

2. (in cl. also) divine service, worship: John 16:2, Romans 9:4; Romans 12:1, Hebrews 9:1; Hebrews 9:6.†

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 form λατρία, which is not found in the NT, is well attested by the LXX uncials : see Thackeray Gr. i. p. 87. The word survives in MGr = ";adoration,"; ";worship.";


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
λατρεια λατρεία λατρειαν λατρείαν λατρειας λατρείας λατρευτόν latreia latreía latreian latreían latreias latreías
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