Strong's Concordance, Greek Dictionary

Fire, light, luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative)

Greek: φῶς, phōs (G5457)

58 King James Bible Verses


Here are fire, light and related words in the Bible. What does the source Greek word φῶς mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: G5457

Greek Base Word: φῶς

Usage: Fire, light

Definition: Luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative).

Detailed definition:

  1. Light.
    1. The light.
      1. Emitted by a lamp.
      2. A heavenly light such as surrounds angels when they appear on earth.
    2. Anything emitting light.
      1. A star.
      2. Fire because it is light and sheds light.
      3. A lamp or torch.
    3. Light, i.e., brightness.
      1. Of a lamp.
  2. Metaphorically.
    1. God is light because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality.
    2. Of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it.
    3. That which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly.
    4. Reason, mind.
      1. The power of understanding especially moral and spiritual truth.

Derived terms: From an obsolete φάω (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare G5316, G5346).

See also:

  1. G5316
  2. G5346


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: fos
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: fows
  3. Transliteration: phōs
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: fose
  5. Modern Pronunciation: fose

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