1249. diakonos
Strong's Concordance
diakonos: a servant, minister
Original Word: διάκονος, οῦ, ὁ, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine; Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: diakonos
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ak'-on-os)
Definition: a servant, minister
Usage: a waiter, servant; then of any one who performs any service, an administrator.
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1249 diákonos (from 1223 /diá, "thoroughly" and konis, "dust") – properly, "thoroughly raise up dust by moving in a hurry, and so to minister" (WP, 1, 162); ministry (sacred service).

1249 /diákonos ("ministry") in the NT usually refers to the Lord inspiring His servants to carry out His plan for His people – i.e. as His "minister" (like a deacon serving Him in a local church).

[A. T. Robertson, "1249 (diákonos) properly means 'to kick up dust,' as one running an errand." 1249 (diákonos) is the root of the English terms, "diaconate, deacon."

This root (diakon-) is "probably connected with the verb diōkō, 'to hasten after, pursue' (perhaps originally said of a runner)" (Vine, Unger, White, NT, 147).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
of uncertain origin
a servant, minister
NASB Translation
deacons (3), minister (7), servant (10), servants (9).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 1249: διάκονος

διάκονος, διακονου, , (of uncertain origin, but by no means, as was formerly thought, compounded of διά and κόνις, so as to mean, properly, 'raising dust by hastening'; cf. ἐγκόνειν; for the alpha in the preposition διά is short, in διάκονος, long. Alexander Buttmann (1873) Lexil. i., p. 218ff (English translation, p. 231f) thinks it is derived from the obsolete διάκω equivalent to διήκω (allied with διώκω; cf. Vanicek, p. 363)); one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master; a sergeant, attendant, minister;

1. universally: of the servant of a king, Matthew 22:13; with the genitive of the person served, Matthew 20:26; Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:35; Mark 10:43 (in which passage it is used figuratively of those who advance others' interests even at the sacrifice of their own); τῆς ἐκκλησίας, of one who does what promotes the welfare and prosperity of the church, Colossians 1:25; διάκονοι τοῦ Θεοῦ, those through whom God carries on his administration on earth, as magistrates, Romans 13:4; teachers of the Christian religion, 1 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:2 R T Tr WH text L marginal reading; the same are called διάκονοι (τοῦ) Χριστοῦ, 2 Corinthians 11:23; Colossians 1:7; 1 Timothy 4:6; ἐν κυρίῳ, in the cause of the Lord, Colossians 4:7; (Ephesians 6:21); διάκονος μου, my follower, John 12:26; τοῦ Σατανᾶ, whom Satan uses as a servant, 2 Corinthians 11:15; (ἁμαρτίας, Galatians 2:17); διάκονος περιτομῆς (abstract for concrete), of Christ, who labored for the salvation of the circumcised, i. e. the Jews, Romans 15:8; with the genitive of the thing to which service is rendered, i. e. to which one is devoted: καινῆς διαθήκης, 2 Corinthians 3:6; τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, Ephesians 3:7; Colossians 1:23; δικαιοσύνης, 2 Corinthians 11:15.

2. a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use (cf. BB. DD., Dict. of Christ. Antiq., Schaff-Herzog under the word ; Lightfoot's Commentary on Philippians, dissert. i. § i.; Julius Muller, Dogmatische Abhandlungen, p. 560ff): Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8, 12, cf. Acts 6:3ff; διάκονος, a deaconess (ministra, Pliny, epistles 10, 97), a woman to whom the care of either poor or sick women was entrusted, Romans 16:1 (cf. Dictionaries as above, under the word ; Lightfoot as above, p. 191; B. D. under the word ).

3. a waiter, one who serves food and drink: John 2:5, 9, as in Xenophon, mem. 1, 5, 2; Hier. 3, 11 (4, 2); Polybius 31, 4, 5; Lucian, de merced. cond. § 26; Athen. 7, p. 291 a.; 10, 420 e.; see διακονέω, 2 and διακονία, 5; (also Wetstein (1752) on Matthew 4:11). [SYNONYMS: διάκονος, δοῦλος, θεράπων, ὑπηρέτης: "διάκονος represents the servant in his activity for the work; not in his relation, either servile, as that of the δοῦλος, or more voluntary, as in the case of the θεράπων, to a person" Trench; yet cf. e. g. Romans 13:4; 2 Corinthians 6:4 etc.). δοῦλος opposed to ἐλεύθερος, and correlate to δεσπότης or κύριος, denotes a bondman, one who sustains a permanent servile relation to another. θεράπων is the voluntary performer of services, whether as a freeman or a slave; it is a nobler, tenderer word than δοῦλος. ὑπηρέτης according to its etymol. suggests subordination. Cf. Trench, § ix.; B. D. under the word ; Meyer on Ephesians 3:7; Schmidt, chapter 164.]

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
deacon, minister, servant.

Probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands; compare dioko); an attendant, i.e. (genitive case) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specially, a Christian teacher and pastor (technically, a deacon or deaconess) -- deacon, minister, servant.

see GREEK dioko

Forms and Transliterations
διακονοι διακονοί διάκονοι διακονοις διακόνοις διακονον διάκονον διακονος διάκονος διάκονός διακονους διακόνους διακόνω διακοπάς διακοπή διακοπήν διακοπής διακόπτεται διακόπτοντος διακοπών διακόψαι διάκοψον διεκόπη διέκοψαν διέκοψας διέκοψε διέκοψεν συνεργὸν diakonoi diákonoi diakonois diakónois diakonon diákonon diakonos diákonos diákonós diakonous diakónous sunergon synergon synergòn
Interlinear GreekInterlinear HebrewStrong's NumbersEnglishman's Greek ConcordanceEnglishman's Hebrew ConcordanceParallel Texts
Englishman's Concordance
Matthew 20:26 N-NMS
GRK: ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος
NAS: great among you shall be your servant,
KJV: let him be your minister;
INT: let him be your servant

Matthew 22:13 N-DMP
GRK: εἶπεν τοῖς διακόνοις Δήσαντες αὐτοῦ
NAS: said to the servants, 'Bind
KJV: the king to the servants, Bind
INT: said to the servants Having bound him

Matthew 23:11 N-NMS
GRK: ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος
NAS: But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
KJV: shall be your servant.
INT: will be your servant

Mark 9:35 N-NMS
GRK: καὶ πάντων διάκονος
NAS: of all and servant of all.
KJV: of all, and servant of all.
INT: and of all servant

Mark 10:43 N-NMS
GRK: ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος
NAS: great among you shall be your servant;
KJV: shall be your minister:
INT: will be your servant

John 2:5 N-DMP
GRK: αὐτοῦ τοῖς διακόνοις ὅ ἂν
NAS: said to the servants, Whatever
KJV: saith unto the servants, Whatsoever
INT: of him to the servants Whatever anyhow

John 2:9 N-NMP
GRK: οἱ δὲ διάκονοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ
NAS: it came from (but the servants who had drawn
KJV: it was: (but the servants which drew
INT: which moreover servants knew who

John 12:26 N-NMS
GRK: καὶ ὁ διάκονος ὁ ἐμὸς
NAS: there My servant will be also;
KJV: also my servant be:
INT: also the servant of me

Romans 13:4 N-NMS
GRK: θεοῦ γὰρ διάκονός ἐστιν σοὶ
NAS: for it is a minister of God
KJV: For he is the minister of God to thee
INT: of god indeed a servant he is to you

Romans 13:4 N-NMS
GRK: θεοῦ γὰρ διάκονός ἐστιν ἔκδικος
NAS: for nothing; for it is a minister of God,
KJV: he is the minister of God,
INT: of god indeed a servant he is an avenger

Romans 15:8 N-AMS
GRK: γὰρ Χριστὸν διάκονον γεγενῆσθαι περιτομῆς
NAS: has become a servant to the circumcision
KJV: was a minister of the circumcision
INT: indeed Christ a servant has become of [the] circumcision

Romans 16:1 N-AFS
GRK: οὖσαν καὶ διάκονον τῆς ἐκκλησίας
NAS: Phoebe, who is a servant of the church
KJV: which is a servant of the church
INT: being also servant of the church

1 Corinthians 3:5 N-NMP
GRK: ἐστιν Παῦλος διάκονοι δι' ὧν
NAS: is Paul? Servants through
KJV: [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom
INT: is Paul servants through whom

2 Corinthians 3:6 N-AMP
GRK: ἱκάνωσεν ἡμᾶς διακόνους καινῆς διαθήκης
NAS: made us adequate [as] servants of a new
KJV: able ministers of the new
INT: made competent us [as] servants of a new covenant

2 Corinthians 6:4 N-NMP
GRK: ὡς θεοῦ διάκονοι ἐν ὑπομονῇ
NAS: ourselves as servants of God,
KJV: ourselves as the ministers of God, in
INT: as God's servants in endurance

2 Corinthians 11:15 N-NMP
GRK: καὶ οἱ διάκονοι αὐτοῦ μετασχηματίζονται
NAS: if his servants also
KJV: if his ministers also be transformed
INT: also the servants of him masquerade

2 Corinthians 11:15 N-NMP
GRK: μετασχηματίζονται ὡς διάκονοι δικαιοσύνης ὧν
NAS: disguise themselves as servants of righteousness,
KJV: as the ministers of righteousness;
INT: masquerade as servants of righteousness of whom

2 Corinthians 11:23 N-NMP
GRK: διάκονοι Χριστοῦ εἰσίν
NAS: Are they servants of Christ?-- I speak
KJV: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak
INT: Servants of Christ are they

Galatians 2:17 N-NMS
GRK: Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος μὴ γένοιτο
NAS: then a minister of sin?
KJV: Christ the minister of sin?
INT: Christ of sin minister never may it be

Ephesians 3:7 N-NMS
GRK: οὗ ἐγενήθην διάκονος κατὰ τὴν
NAS: I was made a minister, according
KJV: I was made a minister, according
INT: of which I became servant according to to the

Ephesians 6:21 N-NMS
GRK: καὶ πιστὸς διάκονος ἐν κυρίῳ
NAS: and faithful minister in the Lord,
KJV: and faithful minister in the Lord,
INT: and faithful servant in [the] Lord

Philippians 1:1 N-DMP
GRK: ἐπισκόποις καὶ διακόνοις
NAS: including the overseers and deacons:
KJV: the bishops and deacons:
INT: [the] overseers and deacons

Colossians 1:7 N-NMS
GRK: ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν διάκονος τοῦ χριστοῦ
NAS: is a faithful servant of Christ
KJV: you a faithful minister of Christ;
INT: for you a servant of Christ

Colossians 1:23 N-NMS
GRK: ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος
NAS: I, Paul, was made a minister.
KJV: Paul am made a minister;
INT: I Paul minister

Colossians 1:25 N-NMS
GRK: ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ διάκονος κατὰ τὴν
NAS: Of [this church] I was made a minister according
KJV: am made a minister, according to
INT: became I minister according to the

Strong's Greek 1249
29 Occurrences

διάκονοι — 7 Occ.
διακόνοις — 3 Occ.
διάκονον — 2 Occ.
διάκονος — 15 Occ.
διακόνους — 2 Occ.

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