klétos: calledOriginal Word: κλητός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (klay-tos')
Short Definition: called, summoned
Definition: called, invited, summoned by God to an office or to salvation.
Cognate: 2822 klētós – literally, "called" (derived from 2564/kaleō, "to call, summon"). See 2821 (klēsis).
In the NT, 2822 /klētós ("divinely called") focuses on God's general call – i.e. the call (invitation) He gives to all people, so all can receive His salvation. God desires every person to call out to Him and receive His salvation (1 Tim 2:4,5). "Unfortunately, many choose not to – but all can; all don't but all can call out to God for His mercy (not just 'some')" (G. Archer). See 2821 /klēsis ("calling").
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
called (9), calling (1).
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 2822: κλητός
κλητός, κλητή, κλητον (κλαέω) (from Homer down), called, invited (to a banquet (1 Kings 1:41, 49); 3Macc. 5:14; Aeschines 50, 1); in the N. T.
a. "invited (by God in the proclamation of the gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God through Christ" (see καλέω, 1 b. β'. (cf. Winer's Grammar, 35 (34))): Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Jude 1:1; κλητοί καί ἐκλεκτοί καί πιστοί, Revelation 17:14; κλητοί and ἐκλεκτοί are distinguished (see ἐκλεκτός, 1 a.) in Matthew 20:16 (T WH omit; Tr brackets the clause); Matthew 22:14, a distinction which does not agree with Paul's view (see καλέω, as above; (Weiss, Biblical Theol. § 88; Lightfoot's Commentary on Colossians 3:12)); κλητοί Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, genitive of possessor (Winers Grammar, 195 (183); Buttmann, § 132, 23), devoted to Christ and united to him, Romans 1:6; κλητοί ἅγιοι, "holy (or 'saints') by the calling of God," Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2.
b. called to (the discharge of) some office: κλητός ἀπόστολος, i. e. divinely selected and appointed (see καλέω, as above), Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:1 (L brackets κλητός); cf. Galatians 1:15. From the same as klesis; invited, i.e. Appointed, or (specially), a saint -- called. see GREEK klesis
From the same as klesis; invited, i.e. Appointed, or (specially), a saint -- called.
see GREEK klesis
Englishman's ConcordanceStrong's Greek 2822
κλητοί — 4 Occ.
κλητοῖς — 5 Occ.
κλητὸς — 2 Occ.
Matthew 20:16 Adj-NMP
GRK: γὰρ εἰσιν κλητοί ὀλίγοι δὲ
KJV: many be called, but few
INT: indeed are called few however