Choose • Chosen One
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Choose; Chosen
Choose; Chosen [Heb. bāḥar, qāḇal, bārā’, bārâ; Gk. eklégō, hairéō].
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHOSEN. The Heb. and Gr. words translated “chosen,” based on the verbs bāḥar and eklegomai, involve a comparison of two or more objects or persons. The choice suggests a certain privilege, position, or purpose. Human choices on the basis of character or skill are evident in Scripture, such as choosing
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CHOSEN (Heb. from bāḥar; Gk. eklektos). This term means singled out from others for some special service or station. “Chosen” warriors were picked out as being most skillful or best adapted to some service (Ex. 15:4; Judg. 20:16; NASB, “choice”; NIV, “best”). The Israelites were a “chosen” people,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Chosenspoken of warriors (Ex. 15:4; Judg. 20:16), of the Hebrew nation (Ps. 105:43; Deut. 7:7), of Jerusalem as the seat of the temple (1 Kings 11:13). Christ is the “chosen” of God (Isa. 42:1); and the apostles are “chosen” for their work (Acts 10:41). It is said with regard to those who do not profit
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHOOSE; CHOSEN<chooz>, <cho’-z’-n> (בָּחַר‎ [bachar], קָבַל‎ [qabhal], בָּרָא‎ [bara’], בָּרָה‎ [barah]; [ἐκλέγω, ek-lego]):The words denote an act of comparison of two or more objects or persons, the preference and selection of one, or of a few out of a larger number for a certain purpose, function,
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Chosen One
CHOSEN ONE.—This, like ‘Beloved’ (wh. see), seems to have been a pre-Christian designation of the Messiah, ὁ ἐκλεκτός μου occurs in the LXX of Is 42:1, and is there defined as Ἰσραήλ. But in the Book of Enoch ‘the Elect one’ is a common title of the Messiah (cf. 40:5, 49:2, 51:3, 5, 52:6, 9, 61:5,
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
ChosenHebrew expression: bacharPronunciation: baw HAHRStrong’s Number: 977Key VersesDeuteronomy 7:6–7; Joshua 24:15; Isaiah 41:8In the book of Genesis, we discover that the Lord established a special covenant with Abraham, promising that the aged patriarch would be the father of many nations
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Choose, Chosen
CHOOSE, cho̅o̅z, CHOSEN, chōʹz’n (בָּחַר‎, bāḥar, קָבַל‎, ḳābhal, בָּרָא‎, bārā’, בָּרָה‎, bārāh; ἐκλέγω, ek-légō): I. In the OT1. Human Choice2. God Chooses King of Israel3. God Chooses Jerusalem4. Election of Israel5. Jehovah’s Grace (1) An Act of Sovereignty (2) For Mankind’s Sake
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHOSEN. The notion that God favors some individuals and/or groups over others is a central and recurring theme within the Bible. This idea eventually developed into the Christian doctrine of ELECTION, implying that some are predestined for salvation, others for damnation. However, for much of the biblical
Key passages
Dt 7:6–8

For you are a holy people for Yahweh your God; Yahweh your God has chosen you to be for him a people, a treasured possession from among all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. “Yahweh loved you and chose you not because of your great number exceeding all other peoples, for you are …

Is 42:1

Look! here is my servant; I hold him, my chosen one, in whom my soul delights. I have put my spirit on him; he will bring justice forth to the nations.

Eph 1:3–6

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love, …

2 Th 2:13

But we ought to give thanks to God always concerning you, brothers dearly loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you as first fruits for salvation by the sanctification of the Spirit and faith in the truth,

1 Pe 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s possession, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,

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