Word Summary
klēroō: to assign by lot
Original Word: κληρόω
Transliteration: klēroō
Phonetic Spelling: (klay-ro'-o)
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to assign by lot
Meaning: to assign by lot
Strong's Concordance
assign or obtain an inheritance.

From kleros; to allot, i.e. (figuratively) to assign (a privilege) -- obtain an inheritance.

see GREEK kleros

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 2820: κληρόω

κληρόω, κλήρῳ: 1 aorist passive ἐκληρωθην; (κλῆρος); in classical Greek:

1. to cast lots, determine by lot.

2. to choose by lot: τινα (Herodotus 1, 94; others).

3. to allot, assign by lot: τινα τίνι, one to another as a possession, Pindar Ol. 8, 19.

4. once in the N. T., "to make a κλῆρος i. e., a heritage, private possession": τινα, passive ἐν ἐκληρώθημεν (but Lachmann ἐκλλεθημεν) in whom lies the reason why we were made the κλῆρος τοῦ Θεοῦ (a designation transferred from the Jews in the O. T. to Christians, cf. Additions to Esther 3:10 [Esther 4:234:17f] (4 line 12f (Tdf.)) and Fritzsche, in the place cited; (cf. Deuteronomy 4:20; Deuteronomy 9:29)), the heritage of God Ephesians 1:11 (see Ellicott, in the place cited). (In ecclesiastical writings it signifies to become a clergyman (see references under the word κλῆρος, at the end).) (Compare: προσκληρόω.)