2818. kléronomos
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kléronomos: an heir
Original Word: κληρονόμος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: kléronomos
Phonetic Spelling: (klay-ron-om'-os)
Short Definition: an heir, inheritor
Definition: an heir, an inheritor.

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2818 klēronómos (a masculine noun derived from 2819 /klḗros, "lot" and nemō, "to distribute, allot") – an heir; someone who inherits.

[In ancient times, inheritance was often determined by casting lots (such as with land disposition). This practice was attested even in secular life by Herodotus (2:109), Plato (Lg.74), etc.

Lot-casting determined land allotments (distribution) related to inheritance, as well as to "title-deeds, legacy, inheritance, heritable estate" (LS).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from kléros and the same as nomos
an heir
NASB Translation
heir (8), heirs (7).

STRONGS NT 2818: κληρονόμος

κληρονόμος, κληρονόμου, (κλῆρος, and νέμομαι, to possess), properly, one who receives by lot; hence,

1. an heir (in Greek writings from Plato down);

a. properly: Matthew 21:38; Mark 12:7; Luke 20:14; Galatians 4:1.

b. in Messianic usage, one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship: so of Christ, as κληρονόμος πάντων, all things being subjected to his sway, Hebrews 1:2; of Christians, as exalted by faith to the dignity of sons of Abraham and so of sons cf God, and hence, to receive the blessings of God's kingdom promised to Abraham: absolutely, Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29; with τοῦ Θεοῦ added, i. e. of God's possessions, equivalent to τῆς δόξης (see δόξα, III. 4 b.), Romans 8:17; Θεοῦ διά Χριστοῦ, by the favor of Christ (inasmuch as through him we have obtained υἱοθεσία), Galatians 4:7 Rec., for which L T Tr WH read διά Θεοῦ (see διά, A. III. 1) (cf. C. F. A. Fritzsche in Fritzschiorum opuscc., p. 148 (who advocates the Rec. as that reading in which the others probably originated (but cf. Meyer, in the place cited; WH in loc.))); τοῦ κόσμου, of government over the world, Romans 4:13f; ζωῆς: αἰωνίου, Titus 3:7; τῆς βασιλείας, James 2:5.

2. the idea of inheritance having disappeared, one who has acquired or obtained the portion allotted him: with the genitive of the tiring, Hebrews 6:17; Hebrews 11:7; τοῦ σκότους, used of the devil, Ev. Nicod. c. 20 (or Descens. Chr. ad Inferos 4,1). (The Sept. four times for יורֵשׁ: Judges 18:7; 2 Samuel 14:7; Jeremiah 8:10; Micah 1:15.)


From kleros and the base of nomos (in its original sense of partitioning, i.e. (reflexively) getting by apportionment); a sharer by lot, i.e. Inheritor (literally or figuratively); by implication, a possessor -- heir.

see GREEK kleros

see GREEK nomos

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