3068. louó
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louó: to bathe, to wash
Original Word: λούω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: louó
Phonetic Spelling: (loo'-o)
Short Definition: I wash, bathe
Definition: (lit. or merely ceremonially), I wash, bathe (the body); mid: of washing, bathing one's self; met: I cleanse from sin.

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3068 loúō – properly, to wash (cleanse), especially the entire person (bathing the whole body). 3068 /loúō (and its derivative, 628 /apoloúō) implies "fully-washing" (literally and metaphorically) – i.e. a complete bathing to cleanse the entire person (body).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
a prim. verb
to bathe, to wash
NASB Translation
bathed (1), washed (3), washing (1).

STRONGS NT 3068: λούω

λούω: 1 aorist ἔλουσά; perfect passive participle λελουμένος and (in Hebrews 10:23 T WH) λελουσμενος, a later Greek form (cf. Lobeck on Sophocles Aj., p. 324; Stephanus Thesaurus 5:397 c.; cf. Kühner, § 343, under the word; (Veitch, under the word, who cites Song of Solomon 5:12, Vat.)); 1 aorist middle participle λουσαμενος; from Homer down; the Sept. for רָחַץ; to bathe, wash: properly, τινα, a dead person, Acts 9:37; τινα ἀπό τῶν πληγῶν, by washing to cleanse from the blood of the wounds, Acts 16:33 (Winers Grammar, 372 (348), cf. § 30, 6 a.; Buttmann, 322 (277)); λελουμένος, absolutely, he that has bathed, John 13:10 (on the meaning of the passage see καθαρός, a. (and cf. Synonyms below)); λελουσμένοι τό σῶμα, with the dative of instrumentality, ὕδατι, Hebrews 10:22 (23); middle to wash oneself (cf. Winer's Grammar, § 38, 2 a.): 2 Peter 2:22; tropically, Christ is described as λουσας ἡμᾶς ἀπό τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, i. e. who by suffering the bloody death of a vicarious sacrifice cleansed us from the guilt of our sins, Revelation 1:5 R G (others, λύσας (which see 2 at the end). Compare: ἀπολούω.) [SYNONYMS: λούω, νίπτω, πλύνω: πλύνω is used of things, especially garments; λούω and νίπτω of persons — νίπτω of a part of the body (hands, feet, face, eyes), λούω of the whole. All three words occur in Leviticus 15:11. Cf. Trench, N. T. Synonyms, § xlv.]


A primary verb; to bathe (the whole person; whereas nipto means to wet a part only, and pluno to wash, cleanse garments exclusively) -- wash.

see GREEK nipto

see GREEK pluno

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