Word Summary
skolops: anything pointed, a stake, thorn
Original Word: σκόλοψ
Transliteration: skolops
Phonetic Spelling: (skol'-ops)
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: anything pointed, a stake, thorn
Meaning: anything pointed, a stake, thorn
Strong's Concordance

Perhaps from the base of skelos and optanomai; withered at the front, i.e. A point or prickle (figuratively, a bodily annoyance or disability) -- thorn.

see GREEK skelos

see GREEK optanomai

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4647: σκόλοψ

σκόλοψ, σκολοπος, , from Homer down, a pointed piece of wood, a pale, a stake: ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί, a sharp stake (others say splinter, A. V. thorn; cf. Numbers 33:55; Ezekiel 28:24; Hosea 2:6 (8); Babrius fab. 122, 1. 10; others (Sir. 43:19)), to pierce my flesh, appears to indicate some constant bodily ailment or infirmity, which, even when Paul had been caught up in a trance to the third heaven, sternly admonished him that he still dwelt in a frail and mortal body, 2 Corinthians 12:7 (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4); (cf. Winers Grammar, § 31, 10 N. 3; Buttmann, § 133, 27. On Paul's thorn in the flesh see Farrar, St. Paul, i. 652ff (Excursus x.); Lightfoot's Commentary on Galatians, p. 186ff; Schaff in his 'Popular Commentary' on Galatians, p. 331f.)