Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God


ὄχλος means “crowd, multitude.”

 “The elders persuaded the ὄχλος to ask for Barabbas” (Matt 27:20).

Mounce's Expository Dictionary (abridged): 

Noun: ὄχλος (ochlos), GK G4063 (S G3793), 175x. ὄχλος describes a large “crowd” or “multitude” of people. “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake” (Mt. 8:18). In Revelation, ὄχλος denotes that great “multitude” that no one can number (Rev. 7:9; 19:1, 6). ὄχλος is also used as a “number” that can be quantified. “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7; cf. 11:24; 19:26).