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Chosen (197 Occurrences)

Matthew 12:18 "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will proclaim justice to the nations. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen." (WEB KJV DBY WBS YLT)

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few chosen." (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 24:22 Unless those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the chosen ones, those days will be shortened. (WEB YLT)

Matthew 24:24 For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. (WEB YLT)

Matthew 24:31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (WEB YLT)

Matthew 27:15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired. (See NIV)

Mark 13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days. (WEB KJV WEY DBY WBS YLT NIV)

Mark 13:22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. (WEB YLT)

Mark 13:27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky. (WEB WEY YLT)

Luke 1:9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. (See NAS NIV)

Luke 6:13 And when it was day he called his disciples, and having chosen out twelve from them, whom also he named apostles: (DBY YLT)

Luke 9:35 Then there came a voice from within the cloud: "This is My Son, My Chosen One: listen to Him." (WEY ASV NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 10:42 but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her." (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 12:32 Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. (See NAS)

Luke 18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? (WEB NIV)

Luke 23:35 The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (KJV DBY WBS NIV)

John 13:18 I don't speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled,'He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.' (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (KJV DBY WBS)

John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (KJV WEY DBY WBS NIV)

Acts 1:2 until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 1:24 They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel. (WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 10:41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 14:23 And having chosen them elders in each assembly, having prayed with fastings, they committed them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. (DBY)

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brethren: (KJV DBY WBS YLT)

Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (KJV DBY WBS YLT)

Acts 15:40 but Paul having chosen Silas went forth, committed by the brethren to the grace of God. (DBY YLT)

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. (KJV DBY WBS NIV)

Romans 8:33 Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies. (WEB WEY NIV)

Romans 11:5 So then also in the present time a remnant according to the choice of grace there hath been; (See RSV NIV)

Romans 11:7 What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he didn't obtain, but the chosen ones obtained it, and the rest were hardened. (WEB WEY YLT NAS)

Romans 16:13 Greet Rufus, the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NIV)

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (KJV WEY DBY WBS NAS)

1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (KJV WEY DBY WBS NAS)

1 Corinthians 15:38 But God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own. (See RSV)

2 Corinthians 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: (KJV WEY DBY WBS NIV)

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (KJV DBY WBS)

Ephesians 1:11 In Him we Jews have been made heirs, having been chosen beforehand in accordance with the intention of Him whose might carries out in everything the design of His own will, (WEY NIV)

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; (WEB NAS RSV NIV)

1 Thessalonians 1:4 We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen, (WEB WEY RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 5:21 I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. (WEB NAS)

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (KJV WBS)

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones' sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (WEB NAS)

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, (WEB NAS)

Hebrews 5:1 For every High Priest is chosen from among men, and is appointed to act on behalf of men in matters relating to God, in order to offer both gifts and sin-offerings, (WEY RSV)

Hebrews 11:25 having chosen rather to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have sin's pleasure for a season, (YLT)

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (KJV WEY DBY WBS RSV NIV)

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (WEB NAS)

1 Peter 1:2 chosen in accordance with the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, with a view to their obedience and to their being sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. May more and more grace and peace be granted to you. (WEY RSV NIV)

1 Peter 2:4 coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. (WEB KJV WEY DBY WBS RSV NIV)

1 Peter 2:6 Because it is contained in Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed." (WEB WEY RSV NIV)

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: (WEB KJV WEY DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Peter 5:13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, greets you; and so does Mark, my son. (WEB WEY NAS RSV NIV)

2 Peter 1:10 For this reason, brethren, be all the more in earnest to make sure that God has called you and chosen you; for it is certain that so long as you practise these things, you will never stumble. (WEY)

2 John 1:1 The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth; (WEB NAS NIV)

2 John 1:13 The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen. (WEB NAS NIV)

Revelation 17:14 These will war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings. They also will overcome who are with him, called and chosen and faithful." (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 6:2 and sons of God see the daughters of men that they 'are' fair, and they take to themselves women of all whom they have chosen. (YLT)

Genesis 18:19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Yahweh may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him." (See NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 24:14 Let it happen, that the young lady to whom I will say,'Please let down your pitcher, that I may drink,' and she will say,'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink,'-let her be the one you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master." (See NIV)

Genesis 24:44 and she will tell me, "Drink, and I will also draw for your camels,"-let her be the woman whom Yahweh has appointed for my master's son.' (See NIV)

Exodus 14:7 and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over all of them. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Exodus 15:4 He has cast Pharaoh's chariots and his army into the sea. His chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Exodus 35:30 Moses said to the children of Israel, "Behold, Yahweh has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. (See NIV)

Leviticus 16:10 But the goat, on which the lot fell for the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before Yahweh, to make atonement for him, to send him away for the scapegoat into the wilderness. (See NIV)

Numbers 1:16 These are those who were called of the congregation, the princes of the tribes of their fathers; they were the heads of the thousands of Israel. (See RSV)

Numbers 11:28 Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered, "My lord Moses, forbid them!" (WEB ASV RSV)

Numbers 16:2 and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred fifty princes of the congregation, called to the assembly, men of renown; (See NAS RSV)

Numbers 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. (KJV DBY WBS)

Numbers 26:9 The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. These are that Dathan and Abiram, who were called of the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against Yahweh, (See RSV)

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God: Yahweh your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 7:7 Not because ye were more in number than all the peoples, hath Jehovah been attached to you and chosen you, for ye are the fewest of all the peoples; (DBY)

Deuteronomy 12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after. (KJV WBS)

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God, and Yahweh has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there. (KJV WBS)

Deuteronomy 18:5 For Yahweh your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of Yahweh, him and his sons for ever. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Deuteronomy 21:5 The priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Yahweh your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of Yahweh; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 24:22 Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen Yahweh yourselves, to serve him." They said, "We are witnesses." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 5:8 When new gods were chosen, then war was in the gates. Was shield or spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel? (DBY NAS RSV)

Judges 10:14 Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen. Let them save you in the time of your distress!" (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 20:15 The children of Benjamin were numbered on that day out of the cities twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NIV)

Judges 20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; everyone could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NIV)

Judges 20:34 There came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore; but they didn't know that evil was close on them. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)

1 Samuel 8:18 You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen you; and Yahweh will not answer you in that day." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 10:20 So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken. (See NIV)

1 Samuel 10:21 He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken: but when they sought him, he could not be found. (See NIV)

1 Samuel 10:24 Samuel said to all the people, "You see him whom Yahweh has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?" All the people shouted, and said, " Long live the king!" (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 12:13 Now therefore see the king whom you have chosen, and whom you have asked for: and behold, Yahweh has set a king over you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 14:41 Therefore Saul said to Yahweh, the God of Israel, "Show the right." Jonathan and Saul were chosen; but the people escaped. (WEB)

1 Samuel 16:1 Yahweh said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have provided a king for myself among his sons." (See NIV)

1 Samuel 16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has Yahweh chosen this one." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. He said, "Neither has Yahweh chosen this one." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 16:10 Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel said to Jesse, "Yahweh has not chosen these." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 20:30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of a perverse rebellious woman, don't I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)

1 Samuel 24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 26:2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 6:1 David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 10:9 and Joab seeth that the front of the battle hath been unto him before and behind, and he chooseth of all the chosen in Israel, and setteth in array to meet Aram, (YLT)


Chosen (197 Occurrences)
... Christ is the "chosen" of God (Isaiah 42:1); and the apostles are "chosen" for their
work (Acts 10:41). ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. CHOOSE; CHOSEN. ...
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Elect (32 Occurrences)
... 1. (a.) Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. 2. (a.) Chosen as
the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life. ...
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Picked (43 Occurrences)
... 4. (a.) Carefully selected; chosen; as, picked men. 5. (a.) Fine; spruce; smart;
precise; dainty. ... His chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea. (See RSV). ...
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Rufus (2 Occurrences)
... to bear the cross of Jesus, is "the father of Alexander and Rufus" (Mark 15:21);
(2) Paul sends greetings to Roman Christians, "Rufus the chosen in the Lord ...
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Silas (22 Occurrences)
... He and Judas, surnamed Barsabas, were chosen by the church there to accompany Paul
and Barnabas on their return to Antioch from the council of the apostles and ...
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Peculiar (11 Occurrences)
... Version (British and American) has "peculiar" where the King James Version has
"special" in The Wisdom of Solomon 3:14 for eklekte, "chosen out." Burton Scott ...
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Choice (113 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) A sufficient number to choose among. 5. (n.) The thing or person chosen;
that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection. ...
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Regards (43 Occurrences)
... 1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the things which the world regards as foolish,
in order to put its wise men to shame; and God has chosen the things which ...
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Chose (59 Occurrences)
... Mark 13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved;
but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the ...
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Warriors (75 Occurrences)
... Kings 12:21 When Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah,
and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men, who ...
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4899. suneklektos -- chosen together with
... chosen together with. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: suneklektos Phonetic
Spelling: (soon-ek-lek-tos') Short Definition: fellow-elect Definition ...
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830. authairetos -- self-chosen, ie of one's own accord
... self-chosen, ie of one's own accord. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration:
authairetos Phonetic Spelling: (ow-thah'-ee-ret-os) Short Definition: of one's ...
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1588. eklektos -- select, by impl. favorite
... favorite. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: eklektos Phonetic Spelling:
(ek-lek-tos') Short Definition: chosen, elect, choice, select Definition ...
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1589. ekloge -- a (divine) selection
... Word Origin from eklego Definition a (divine) selection NASB Word Usage choice
(4), choosing (1), chosen (1), those who were chosen (1). chosen, election. ...
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1586. eklego -- to select
... Word Origin from ek and lego (in the sense of pick up) Definition to select NASB
Word Usage choose (4), chose (7), chosen (8), made a choice (1), picking (1 ...
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4041. periousios -- of one's own possession
... Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: periousios Phonetic Spelling:
(per-ee-oo'-see-os) Short Definition: costly, specially chosen Definition: costly ...
/greek/4041.htm - 7k

139. hairesis -- choice, opinion
... choice, opinion. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: hairesis Phonetic
Spelling: (hah'-ee-res-is) Short Definition: a self-chosen opinion, a sect ...
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4523. Saddoukaios -- a Sadducee, a member of a Jewish religious ...
... Short Definition: a Sadducee Definition: a Sadducee, a member of the aristocratic
party among the Jews, from whom the high-priests were almost invariably chosen ...
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2975. lagchano -- to obtain by lot
... Word Origin from a prim. root lach- Definition to obtain by lot NASB Word Usage
cast lots (1), chosen by lot (1), received (2). his lot be, cast lots, obtain. ...
/greek/2975.htm - 6k

138. haireo -- to take, choose
... take.]. Word Origin a prim. verb Definition to take, choose NASB Word Usage
choose (1), choosing (1), chosen (1). choose. Probably ...
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

chooz, cho'-z'-n (bachar, qabhal, bara', barah; ek-lego):


1. Human Choice

2. God Chooses King of Israel

3. God Chooses Jerusalem

4. Election of Israel

5. Yahweh's Grace

(1) An Act of Sovereignty

(2) For Mankind's Sake


1. Various Meanings

2. Of God's Free Grace

3. Ultimate Antinomies

4. Election Corresponds to Experience

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, position or privilege.

I. In the Old Testament.

1. Human Choice:

For bachar and its derivatives: men choosing wives (Genesis 6:2); Lot choosing the cities of the Plain (Genesis 13:11); often of kings and generals choosing soldiers for their prowess (e.g. Exodus 17:9 Joshua 8:3 1 Samuel 13:2; 2 Samuel 10:9; 2 Samuel 17:1). The word bachar is often used for "young men," as being choice, in the prime of manhood. The most important uses of bachar are these: of Israel choosing a king (1 Samuel 8:18; 1 Samuel 12:13); of moral and religious choice: choosing Yahweh as God (Joshua 24:15, 22), or other gods (Judges 5:8; Judges 10:14); the way of truth (Psalm 119:30); to refuse the evil and choose the good (Isaiah 7:15, 16); compare David's choice of evils (2 Samuel 24:12).

2. God Chooses King of Israel:

A leading idea is that of God choosing Moses as leader (Numbers 16:5, 7; Numbers 17:5); the Levites to the priesthood (1 Samuel 2:28 2 Chronicles 29:11); Saul as king (1 Samuel 10:24), David (2 Samuel 6:21 1 Kings 11:34), Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:5). All this follows from theocratic idea that God rules personally over Israel as His chosen people.

3. God Chooses Jerusalem:

A more important, but still subsidiary, idea is that of Yahweh choosing Jerusalem as the place of His habitation and worship (Deuteronomy 12:5; Deuteronomy 20 other times, Joshua 9:27 1 Kings 8:44, 48 Psalm 132:13 Zechariah 1:17; Zechariah 2:12; Zechariah 3:2). This was the ruling idea of Josiah's reformation which was instrumental in putting down polytheistic ideas and idolatrous practices in Israel, and was therefore an important factor in the development of Hebrew monotheism; but it was an idea that Hebrew monotheism had to transcend and reject to attain its full growth. "The hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father" (John 4:21).

4. Election of Israel:

But the fundamental idea of choosing, which governs all others in the Old Testament, is that of God choosing Israel to be His peculiar people. He chose Abraham, and made a covenant with him, to give him the land of Canaan (Nehemiah 9:7): "For thou art a holy people unto Yahweh thy God: Yahweh thy God hath chosen thee to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. because Yahweh loveth you, and because he would keep the oath which he sware unto your fathers" (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). Historically this idea originated in the old conception of Yahweh as the tribal God of Israel, bound to her by natural and indissoluble ties (see GOD). But as their conception of Yahweh became more moral, and the idea of His righteousness predominated, it was recognized that there was no natural and necessary relation and harmony between Israel and Yahweh that accounted for the favor of a righteous God toward her, for Israel was no better than her neighbors (Amos 1; Amos 2). Why then was Yahweh Israel's God, and Israel His people?

5. Yahweh's Grace:

It was by an act of free choice and sovereign grace on God's part. "You only have I known of all the families of the earth" (Amos 3:2). In Hosea the relation is described under the figure of a marriage tie. Yahweh is Israel's husband: and to realize the force of the figure, it is necessary to recall what ancient and oriental marriage customs were. Choice and favor were almost entirely made by the husband. The idea of the covenant which Yahweh out of His free grace made with Israel comes to the forefront in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah. Because He loved her, and for no other reason, He has chosen Israel to be His peculiar people. In Isaiah 40-66 the idea is carried farther in two directions:

(1) An Act of Sovereignty:

Yahweh's gracious choice of Israel rests ultimately on His absolute sovereignty: "O Jacob my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen: thus saith Yahweh that made thee, and formed thee from the womb" (Isaiah 44:1, 2; compare Isaiah 29:16 Jeremiah 18:6 Isaiah 64:8). For Israel's deliverance Cyrus and his world-empire are in Yahweh's hands as clay in the potter's hands (Isaiah 45:9, 10).

(2) For Mankind's Sake:

"Israel is elect for the sake of mankind." This is the moral interpretation of a choice that otherwise appears arbitrary and irrational. God's purpose and call of salvation are unto all mankind. "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:22). And Israel is His servant, chosen, the messenger He sends, "to bring forth justice to the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:1, 19; Isaiah 43:10, 12). The idea is further developed in the conception of the SERVANT OF JEHOVAH (which see) as the faithful few (or one) formed "from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him," "for a light to the Gentiles," God's "salvation unto the end of the earth" (Isaiah 49:1-6; Isaiah 52:13-53:12) (compare Isaiah's doctrine of the Remnant: Shearjashub; also, the righteous, the godly, the meek, in Pss; and see Skinner, Isaiah, II, xxxff). As the conception of personality and of individual relation and responsibility to God developed from Ezekiel onward, together with the resulting doctrine of personal immortality, the conditions were prepared for the application of the idea of election to individuals (compare Psalm 65:4).

Coordinate with the idea of God choosing Israel runs the complementary idea that Israel should prove faithful to the covenant, and worthy of the choice. God has chosen her, not for any merit in her, but of His free grace, and according to His purpose of salvation, but if Israel fails to respond by faithful conduct, fitting her to be His servant and messenger, He may and will cast her off, or such portion of her as proves unworthy. SeeOehler, Old Testament Theology, I, 256, 287.

Three other Hebrew words expressing choice in minor matters are: qabhal, for David's choice of evils (1 Chronicles 21:11); bara', to mark out a place (Ezekiel 21:19), to select singers and porters for the temple (1 Chronicles 9:22; 1 Chronicles 16:41); barah, to choose a man to represent Israel against Goliath (1 Samuel 17:8).

II. In the New Testament.

1. Various Meanings:

The whole conception of God, of His relation to Israel, and of His action in history indicated above, constituted the religious heritage of Jesus Christ and His disciples. The national conciousness had to a considerable extent given place to that of the individual; and salvation extended beyond the present life into a state of blessedness in a future world. But the central ideas remain, and are only modified in the New Testament in so far as Jesus Christ becomes the Mediator and Agent of God's sovereign grace. Eklego and its derivatives are the words that generally express the idea in the New Testament. They are used

(1) of the general idea of selecting one out of many (Luke 14:7);

(2) of choosing men for a particular purpose, e.g. of the church choosing the seven (Acts 6:5); of the choice of delegates from the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:22, 25; compare 2 Corinthians 8:19), cheirotoneo; choose by vote (the Revised Version (British and American) "appoint") (compare Acts 10:41), procheirotoneo;

(3) of moral choice (Mark 13:20): "Mary hath chosen the good part" (Luke 10:42);

(4) of Christ as the chosen Messiah of God (Luke 23:35 1 Peter 2:4 the King James Version);

(5) of Christ choosing His apostles (Luke 6:13 John 6:70; John 13:18; John 15:16, 19 Acts 1:2, 24); Paul (Acts 9:15; compare Acts 22:14 the King James Version), procheirizomai; Rufus (Romans 16:13); and Paul chose Silas (Acts 15:40), epilego;

(6) of God

(a) choosing Israel (Acts 13:17; compare Romans 9:11),

(b) choosing the Christian church as the new Israel (1 Peter 2:9 the King James Version),

(c) choosing the members of the church from among the poor (James 2:5), the foolish, weak and despised (1 Corinthians 1:27-28),

(d) choosing into His favor and salvation a few out of many: "Many are called, but few are chosen' " (Matthew 20:16 (omitted in the Revised Version (British and American)); Matthew 22:14); God shortens the days of the destruction of Jerusalem "for the elect's sake, whom he chose" (Mark 13:20).

2. Of God's Free Grace:

In Ephesians 1:4-6 every phrase tells a different phase of the conception:

(1) God chose (and foreordained) the saints in Christ before the foundation of the world;

(2) according to the good pleasure of His will;

(3) unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto Himself;

(4) to be holy and without blemish before Him in love;

(5) to the praise of the glory of His grace;

(6) which He freely bestowed on them in the Beloved. And in Revelation 17:14, the triumphant church in heaven is described as "called and chosen and faithful." God's sovereign choice governs the experience and testing of the saints at every point from beginning to end.

Thus in the New Testament as in the Old Testament

(1) God's covenant of grace is free and unconditional. It is unto all men, now as individuals rather than nations, and without distinction of race or class. It is no less free and sovereign, because it is a father's grace.

(2) Israel is still a chosen race for a special purpose.

(3) The church and the saints that constitute it are chosen to the full experience and privileges of sonship.

(4) God's purpose of grace is fully revealed and realized through Jesus Christ.

3. Ultimate Antinomies:

This doctrine raises certain theological and metaphysical difficulties that have never yet been satisfactorily solved.

(1) How can God be free if all His acts are preordained from eternity? This is an antinomy which indeed lies at the root of all personality. It is of the essence of the idea of personality that a person should freely determine himself and yet act in conformity with his own character. Every person in practice and experience solves this antinomy continually, though he may have no intellectual category that can coordinate these two apparently contradictory principles in all personality.

(2) How can God be just, if a few are chosen and many are left? And

(3) How can man be free if his moral character proceeds out of God's sovereign grace? It is certain that if God chose all or left all He would be neither just nor gracious, nor would man have any vestige of freedom.

4. Election Corresponds to Experience:

The doctrine describes accurately (a) the moral fact, that some accept salvation and others reject it; (b) the religious fact that God's sovereign and unconditional love is the beginning and cause of salvation. The meeting-point of the action of grace, and of man's liberty as a moral and responsible being, it does not define. Nor has the category as yet been discovered wherewith to construe and coordinate these two facts of religious experience together, although it is a fact known in every Christian experience that where God is most sovereign, man is most free.

For other passages, and the whole idea in the New Testament, see ELECTION.

T. Rees




Easton's Bible Dictionary
Spoken of warriors (Exodus 15:4; Judges 20:16), of the Hebrew nation (Psalm 105:43; Deuteronomy 7:7), of Jerusalem as the seat of the temple (1 Kings 11:13). Christ is the "chosen" of God (Isaiah 42:1); and the apostles are "chosen" for their work (Acts 10:41). It is said with regard to those who do not profit by their opportunities that "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 20:16). (see ELECTION.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (p. p.) of Choose.

2. (p. p.) Selected from a number; picked out; choice.

3. (n.) One who, or that which is the object of choice or special favor.

Strong's Hebrew
972. bachir -- chosen
... << 971, 972. bachir. 973 >>. chosen. Transliteration: bachir Phonetic Spelling:
(baw-kheer') Short Definition: ones. Word Origin from ...
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2633. chosen -- wealth, treasure
... << 2632, 2633. chosen. 2634 >>. wealth, treasure. Transliteration: chosen Phonetic
Spelling: (kho'-sen) Short Definition: wealth. ... << 2632, 2633. chosen. 2634 >>. ...
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1305. barar -- to purify, select
... root Definition to purify, select NASB Word Usage choice (2), chosen (2), cleanse
(1), pure you show (2), purge (2), purged (1), purified (1), purify (1 ...
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4005. mibchar -- choicest, best
... choicest, chosen. From bachar; select, ie Best -- choice(-st), chosen. see HEBREW
bachar. << 4004, 4005. mibchar. 4006 >>. Strong's Numbers.
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970. bachur -- a young man
... part. of bachar Definition a young man NASB Word Usage choice (4), vigorous young
men (1), young man (6), young men (35). choice young man, chosen. ...
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977. bachar -- to choose
... << 976, 977. bachar. 978 >>. to choose. Transliteration: bachar Phonetic Spelling:
(baw-khar') Short Definition: chosen. Word Origin a prim. ...
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7148. qari -- called, summoned
... Definition: call. Word Origin from qara Definition called, summoned NASB Word
Usage chosen (1), who were called (2). famous, renowned. From ...
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3045. yada -- to know
... 1), acknowledge (4), acknowledged (2), acquaintances (5), acquainted (1), aware
(6), becomes known (1), bring forth (1), cared (1), chosen (2), clearly ...
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2323. chadath -- new
... chadath. 2324 >>. new. Transliteration: chadath Phonetic Spelling: (khad-ath') Short
Definition: new. Word Origin an optional reading not chosen in NASB. new ...
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2634. chason -- strong
... Word Origin from the same as chosen Definition strong NASB Word Usage strong (1),
strong man (1). strong. From chacan; powerful -- strong. see HEBREW chacan. ...
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