4647. skolops
Strong's Concordance
skolops: anything pointed, spec. a stake, thorn
Original Word: σκόλοψ, οπος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: skolops
Phonetic Spelling: (skol'-ops)
Short Definition: a stake or thorn
Definition: a stake or thorn; fig: a sharp affliction.
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4647 skólops – properly, anything with a sharp point, a thorn; (figuratively) an instrument producing pain, discomfort (acute irritation), used only in 2 Cor 12:7.

[4647 (skólops) refers to a thorn (sharp splinter) or even a pointed stake; in Hellenistic vernacular, a thorn (Abbott-Smith). 4647 (skólops) typically means "thorn" in the LXX (WP).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
a prim. word
anything pointed, spec. a stake, thorn
NASB Translation
thorn (1).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4647: σκόλοψ

σκόλοψ, σκολοπος, , from Homer down, a pointed piece of wood, a pale, a stake: ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί, a sharp stake (others say splinter, A. V. thorn; cf. Numbers 33:55; Ezekiel 28:24; Hosea 2:6 (8); Babrius fab. 122, 1. 10; others (Sir. 43:19)), to pierce my flesh, appears to indicate some constant bodily ailment or infirmity, which, even when Paul had been caught up in a trance to the third heaven, sternly admonished him that he still dwelt in a frail and mortal body, 2 Corinthians 12:7 (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4); (cf. Winers Grammar, § 31, 10 N. 3; Buttmann, § 133, 27. On Paul's thorn in the flesh see Farrar, St. Paul, i. 652ff (Excursus x.); Lightfoot's Commentary on Galatians, p. 186ff; Schaff in his 'Popular Commentary' on Galatians, p. 331f.)

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

Perhaps from the base of skelos and optanomai; withered at the front, i.e. A point or prickle (figuratively, a bodily annoyance or disability) -- thorn.

see GREEK skelos

see GREEK optanomai

Forms and Transliterations
σκόλοπες σκολοψ σκόλοψ σκόλοψι σκόπελος skolops skólops
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Englishman's Concordance
Strong's Greek 4647
1 Occurrence

σκόλοψ — 1 Occ.

2 Corinthians 12:7 N-NMS
GRK: ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί
NAS: myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh,
KJV: to me a thorn in the flesh,
INT: was given to me a thorn for the flesh

1 Occurrence

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