1479. ethelothréskia
Strong's Concordance
ethelothréskia: self-willed (arbitrary and unwarranted) piety
Original Word: ἐθελοθρησκεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: ethelothréskia
Phonetic Spelling: (eth-el-oth-race-ki'-ah)
Definition: self-willed (arbitrary and unwarranted) piety
Usage: arbitrary worship, self-imposed worship.
HELPS Word-studies

1479 ethelothrēskeía (from 2309 /thélō, "desire" and 2356 /thrēskeía, "religion") – properly, self-willed religion, defined by the desires of the human will – which amounts to nothing! This form of "worship," which is accomplished "by self" (Souter), is merely a "will-worship," exalting the worshiper at God's expense (used only in Col 2:23).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from an older form of theló and thréskeia
self-willed (arbitrary and unwarranted) piety
NASB Translation
self-made religion (1).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 1479: ἐθελοθρησκεία

ἐθελοθρησκεία (T WH ἐθελοθρησκία, see Iota), ἐθελοθρησκειας, (from ἐθέλω and θρησκεία, which see (cf. Winers Grammar, 100 (95))), voluntary, arbitrary worship, (Vulg.superstitio) (A. V. will-worship), i. e. worship which one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith which ought to be directed to Christ; said of the misdirected zeal and practices of ascetics: Colossians 2:23; Suidas ἐθελοθρησκει. ἰδίῳ θελήματι σεβει τό δοκοῦν. Cf. ἐθελόδουλος, ἐθελοδουλεία, ἐθελοπρόξενος, one who acts the part of aproxenus without having been appointed to the office, etc. The explanation of others: simulated, counterfeit religion (cf. in Greek lexicons, ἐθελοφιλοσοφος, ἐθελοκωφος, etc.), does not square so well with the context. (The word is found besides in Mansi, Collect. Concil. vol. iv., p. 1380, and in Theodoret, vol. iv., epistle clxi., p. (1460 b., Migne edition) 1831, Halle edition; (Eusebius, h. e. 6, 12, 1; Jerome, epistle 121, vol. 1,1031, Migne edition). Epiphanius haer. 1, 16 (i., p. 318, 3rd edition, Dindorf) attributes ἐθελοπερισσοθρησκεια to the Pharisees.)

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
voluntary worship.

From ethelo and threskeia; voluntary (arbitrary and unwarranted) piety, i.e. Sanctimony -- will worship.

see GREEK ethelo

see GREEK threskeia

Forms and Transliterations
εθελοθρησκεία εθελοθρησκια ἐθελοθρησκίᾳ εθισμόν ethelothreskia ethelothrēskia ethelothreskíāi ethelothrēskíāi
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Englishman's Concordance
Colossians 2:23 N-DFS
GRK: σοφίας ἐν ἐθελοθρησκίᾳ καὶ ταπεινοφροσύνῃ
NAS: of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement
KJV: in will worship, and
INT: of wisdom in voluntary worship and humility

Strong's Greek 1479
1 Occurrence

ἐθελοθρησκίᾳ — 1 Occ.

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