Greek word - (ochlos G3793, plethos G4128, murias G3461)

Quiz - Choose the answer that is closest to what you think MULTITUDE is.
A - 10,000
B - a large number of something
C - a crowd
D - all of the above

Problem - Outdated

KJV Example

ochlos (G3793) "When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him." (Matthew 8:1)

plethos (G4128) "And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense." (Luke 1:10)


Multitude is an outdated word. We would not say, "There was a large multitude at the game last night."

A multitude is a large number of something or a crowd. It is easy to take the English word apart. Multi- means many. -tude is a suffix that is added to a prefix to make it a word (fortitude, latitude, altitude).

Three Greek words are translated as multitude in the KJV: ochlos (G3793), plethos (G4128), and murias (G3461).

Murias (G3461) is the number, ten thousand (10,000), and is translated as such by the KJV except in Luke 12:1 where it is "an innumerable multitude" and in Hebrews 12:22 where it is "an innumerable company". Why the KJV translators chose not to translate murias in those two verses the way they usually did, as ten thousand, I don't know.

Ochlos (G3793) is a crowd. In the KJV, it is translated as multitude 78 times, people 84 times, press 5 times, company 7 times, and number once. It could have been translated as multitude or crowd in all of the verses.

Plethos (G4128) is a large number of something. In the KJV, it is translated as multitude 30 times, company once, and bundle once.

So what is a multitude in the Bible? That depends on which Greek word it translates. Murias is ten thousand. Ochlos is a crowd. And Plethos is a large number.

Modern Synonym

ochlos (G3793) = large number

plethos (G4128) = crowd

murias (G3461) = ten thousand

Bible Version Tally (how other versions translate this word)

ochlos (G3793) Matthew 8:1 - multitude (11 of 53), crowd (37 of 53), people (4 of 53), throng (1 of 53)

plethos (G4128) Luke 1:10 - multitude (19 of 52), not translated (9 of 52), crowd (9 of 52), assembly (7 of 52), many (4 of 52), congregation (3 of 52), throng (1 of 52)

Breakthrough Version

ochlos (G3793) "After He walked down from the mountain, big crowds followed Him." (Matthew 8:1)

plethos (G4128) "And the entire large number of the group were praying outside at the incense hour." (Luke 1:10)

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