melos: a member or limb (of the body)Original Word: μέλος, ους, τόPart of Speech:
a limb, memberDefinition:
a bodily organ, limb, member.
3196 mélos – properly, a member (part) belonging to the whole; (figuratively) any function of human personality, such as "sanctified imagination" (Ro 6:13; Col 3:5; Js 4:1). 3196 (mélos) also specifically refers to believers as part (members) of Christ's mystical body (Eph 5:30).
[3196 (mélos) was used in antiquity of instruments of war and implements ("working parts") of a ship. Paul used it in relation to the various functions of human personality.]
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
a prim. wordDefinition
a member or limb (of the body)NASB Translation
member (4), members (27), part (1), parts (2).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 3196: μέλοςμέλος
down), a member, limb
: properly, a member of the human body, Romans 12:4
; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 14, 18-20, 25
; James 3:5
; τά μελα τοῦ σώματος
, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22
, Matthew 5:29
; Romans 6:13, 19
; Romans 7:5, 23
; Colossians 3:5
; James 3:6
; James 4:1
; πόρνης μέλη
is said of bodies given up to criminal intercourse, because they are as it were members belonging to the harlot's body, 1 Corinthians 6:15
. Since Christians are closely united by the bond of one and the same spirit both among themselves and with Christ as the head, their fellowship is likened to the body, and individual Christians are metaphorically, styled μέλη
— now one of another, ἀλλήλων
: Romans 12:5
; Ephesians 4:25
; Clement of Rome
, 1 Cor. 46, 7 [ET] (cf. Fritzsche, Commentary on Romans iii., p. 45) — now of the mystical body, i. e. the church: 1 Corinthians 12:27
; Ephesians 5:30
(cf. WH marginal reading); τά σώματα of Christians are called μέλη, of Christ, because the body is the abode of the spirit of Christ and is consecrated to Christ's service, 1 Corinthians 6:15.<1>
Of uncertain affinity; a limb or part of the body -- member.