Word: eklegomai

Pronounce: ek-leg'-om-ahee

Strongs Number: G1586

Orig: middle voice from 1537 and 3004 (in its primary sense); to select:--make choice, choose (out), chosen. G1537

Use: TDNT-4:144,505 Verb

Heb Strong: H977 H1262 H1305 H3947 H6901 H6908 H8446

    1) to pick out, choose, to pick or choose out for one's self
    1a) choosing one out of many, i.e. Jesus choosing his disciples
    1b) choosing one for an office
    1c) of God choosing whom he judged fit to receive his favours and separated from the rest of mankind to be peculiarly his own and to be attended continually by his gracious oversight
    1c1) i.e. the Israelites
    1d) of God the Father choosing Christians, as those whom he set apart from the irreligious multitude as dear unto himself, and whom he has rendered, through faith in Christ, citizens in the Messianic kingdom: (Jas 2:5) so that the ground of the choice lies in Christ and his merits only