Verb chairō (rejoice) in the New Testament

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


2: 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced (chairō) with exceeding great joy
5: 12Rejoice (chairō) and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
18: 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices (chairō) over it more than over the ninetynine that never went astray.
26: 49At once he came up to Jesus and said, "Greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice), Rabbi!" and kissed him.
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 (chairō) (lit. rejoice), King of the Jews!"
28: 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice)!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.


14: 11When they heard it, they rejoiced (chairō) greatly, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
15: 18And they began saluting him, "Hail (chairō) (lit. rejoice), King of the Jews!"


1: 14You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice (chairō) at his birth,
1: 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice), favored one! The Lord is with you."
6: 23Rejoice (chairō) in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
10: 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice (chairō) at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice (chairō) that your names are written in heaven."
13: 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing (chairō) at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
15: 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices (chairō).
15: 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice (chairō), because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"
19: 6So he hurried down and rejoiced (chairō) to welcome him.
19: 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice (chairō) and praise God with a loud voicefor all the deeds of power that they had seen,
22: 5They greatly rejoiced (chairō) and agreed to give him money.
23: 8When Herod saw Jesus, he rejoiced (chairō) exceedingly, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign.


3: 29He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices (chairō) greatly at the bridegroom's voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.
4: 36The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice (chairō) together.
8: 56Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced (chairō) that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad."
11: 15For your sake I rejoice (chairō) that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
14: 28You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice (chairō) that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
16: 20Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice (chairō); you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
16: 22So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice (chairō), and no one will take your joy from you.
19: 3They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail (chairō) (lit. rejoice), King of the Jews!" and striking him on the face.
20: 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced (chairō) when they saw the Lord.


5: 41As they left the council, they rejoiced (chairō) that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
8: 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing (chairō).
11: 23When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced (chairō), and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion;
13: 48When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced (chairō) and praised the word of the Lord; and as many as had been destined for eternal life became believers.
15: 23with the following letter: "The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice).
15: 31When its members read it, they rejoiced (chairō) at the exhortation.
23: 26"Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice).

2 John

1: 4I rejoiced (chairō) exceedingly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.
1: 10Do not receive into the house or greet (chairō) (lit. rejoice) anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching;
1: 11for to greet (chairō) (lit. rejoice) is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person.

3 John

1: 3I rejoiced (chairō) exceedingly when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth.

1 Thessalonians

3: 9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we rejoice (chairō) before our God because of you?
5: 16Rejoice (chairō) always,


1: 18What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice (chairō). Yes, and I will continue to rejoice (chairō),
2: 17But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice (chairō) with all of you
2: 18and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice (chairō) with me.
2: 28I am the more eager to send him, therefore, in order that you may rejoice (chairō) at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
3: 1Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice (chairō) in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.
4: 4Rejoice (chairō) in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice (chairō).
4: 10I rejoice (chairō) in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it.

1 Corinthians

7: 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice (chairō) as though they were not rejoicing (chairō), and those who buy as though they had no possessions,
13: 6it does not rejoice (chairō) in wrongdoing, but rejoices (chairō) in the truth.
16: 17I rejoice (chairō) at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence;

2 Corinthians

2: 3And I wrote as I did, so that when I came, I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice (chairō); for I am confident about all of you, that my joy would be the joy of all of you.
6: 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing (chairō); as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
7: 7and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced (chairō) still more.
7: 9Now I rejoice (chairō), not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance; for you felt a godly grief, so that you were not harmed in any way by us.
7: 13In this we find comfort. In addition to our own consolation, we rejoiced (chairō) still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has been set at rest by all of you.
7: 16I rejoice (chairō), because I have complete confidence in you.
13: 9For we rejoice (chairō) when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect.
13: 11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice (chairō). Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.


12: 12Rejoice (chairō) in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
12: 15Rejoice (chairō) with those who rejoice (chairō), weep with those who weep.
16: 19For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice (chairō) over you, I want you to be wise in what is good and guileless in what is evil.


1: 24I am now rejoicing (chairō) in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
2: 5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice (chairō) to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.


1: 1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings (chairō) (lit. rejoice).

1 Peter

4: 13But rejoice (chairō) insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.


11: 10and the inhabitants of the earth will rejoice (chairō) over them and celebrate and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the inhabitants of the earth.
19: 7Let us rejoice (chairō) and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready;