Neuter noun · Probably from ἔθω (G1486)

Probably from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.


  1. a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together
    1. a company, troop, swarm
  2. a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus
    1. the human family
  3. a tribe, nation, people group
  4. in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles
  5. Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

Usages (1/4)

Matthew 12:18

Quoting Isaiah 42:1

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

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Matthew 28:19


teach all nations The Israelites scattered around the world (Deuteronomy 28:64, Ezekiel 36:19, Acts 2:5, James 1:1, etc.).

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Luke 21:25


with perplexity When the calamities come, the blinded masses will be perplexed not knowing from where the calamities came (Isaiah 33:6).

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Acts 7:45


Jesus Joshua. In the Hebrew, Joshua and Jesus are the same name, Yahawashi.

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Acts 13:47

Quoting Isaiah 49:6

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

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