The noun basileus (king) in the Gospels-Acts

(Translation from NRSV for the New Testament with a few modifications for a more litteral meaning)


1: 6and Jesse the father of King (basileus) David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
2: 1In the time of King (basileus) Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2: 2asking, "Where is the child who has been born king (basileus) of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."
2: 3When King (basileus) Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;
2: 9When they had heard the king (basileus), they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.
2: 22But when he heard that Archelaus was king (basileus) over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.
5: 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King (basileus).
10: 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings (basileus) because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles.
11: 8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in palaces of kings (basileus).
14: 9The king (basileus) was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given;
17: 25He said, "Yes, he does." And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings (basileus) of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?"
18: 23"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king (basileus) who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.
21: 5"Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king (basileus) is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
22: 2"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king (basileus) who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
22: 7The king (basileus) was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
22: 11"But when the king (basileus) came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
22: 13Then the king (basileus) said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
25: 34Then the king (basileus) will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
25: 40And the king (basileus) will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
27: 11Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King (basileus) of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You say so."
27: 29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King (basileus) of the Jews!"
27: 37Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King (basileus) of the Jews."
27: 42"He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King (basileus) of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.


6: 14King (basileus) Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him."
6: 22When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king (basileus) said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it."
6: 25Immediately she rushed back to the king (basileus) and requested, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
6: 26The king (basileus) was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
6: 27Immediately the king (basileus) sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
13: 9"As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings (basileus) because of me, as a testimony to them.
15: 2Pilate asked him, "Are you the King (basileus) of the Jews?" He answered him, "You say so."
15: 9Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King (basileus) of the Jews?"
15: 12Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King (basileus) of the Jews?"
15: 18And they began saluting him, "Hail, King (basileus) of the Jews!"
15: 26The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King (basileus) of the Jews."
15: 32Let the Messiah, the King (basileus) of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.


1: 5In the days of King (basileus) Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
10: 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings (basileus) desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
14: 31Or what king (basileus), going out to wage war against another king (basileus), will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
19: 38saying, "Blessed is the king (basileus) who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!"
21: 12"But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings (basileus) and governors because of my name.
22: 25But he said to them, "The kings (basileus) of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
23: 2They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king (basileus)."
23: 3Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king (basileus) of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so."
23: 37and saying, "If you are the King (basileus) of the Jews, save yourself!"
23: 38There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King (basileus) of the Jews."


1: 49Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King (basileus) of Israel!"
6: 15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king (basileus), he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
12: 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord - the King (basileus) of Israel!"
12: 15"Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king (basileus) is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!"
18: 33Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King (basileus) of the Jews?"
18: 37Pilate asked him, "So you are a king (basileus)?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king (basileus). For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
18: 39But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King (basileus) of the Jews?"
19: 3They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, King (basileus) of the Jews!" and striking him on the face.
19: 12From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king (basileus) sets himself against the emperor."
19: 14Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, "Here is your King (basileus)!"
19: 15They cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Shall I crucify your King (basileus)?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king (basileus) but the emperor."
19: 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King (basileus) of the Jews."
19: 21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King (basileus) of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King (basileus) of the Jews.'"


4: 26The kings (basileus) of the earth took their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.'
7: 10and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king (basileus) of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
7: 18until another king (basileus) who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt.
9: 15But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings (basileus) and before the people of Israel;
12: 1About that time King (basileus) Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.
12: 20Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they came to him in a body; and after winning over Blastus, the king (basileus)'s chamberlain, they asked for a reconciliation, because their country depended on the royal (food).
13: 21Then they asked for a king (basileus); and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years.
13: 22When he had removed him, he made David their king (basileus). In his testimony about him he said, 'I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.'
17: 7and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king (basileus) named Jesus."
25: 13After several days had passed, King (basileus) Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.
25: 14Since they were staying there several days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king (basileus), saying, "There is a man here who was left in prison by Felix.
25: 24And Festus said, "King (basileus) Agrippa and all here present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish community petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
25: 26But I have nothing definite to write to our sovereign about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King (basileus) Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write -
26: 2"I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King (basileus) Agrippa, I am to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews,
26: 7a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship day and night. It is for this hope, o king (basileus), that I am accused by Jews!
26: 13when at midday along the road, o king (basileus), I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions.
26: 19"After that, King (basileus) Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
26: 26Indeed the king (basileus) knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am certain that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner.
26: 27King (basileus) Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe."
26: 30Then the king (basileus) got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those who had been seated with them;