How can pais mean male lover when Jesus is called a pais in Matthew 12:18?

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That’s a good question. The Greek word pais carries a range of meanings depending on the context in which it is used. Pais can refer to an infant, a child, a boy, a girl, a servant, a slave, an attendant, a King’s attendant, a minister or a male lover.

When we see the word pais in the Greek New Testament, context determines when it means child, servant, girl, boy or a male lover. Words do not always mean the same thing. The fact that the Greek word pais sometimes means same sex lover does not indicate it always carries that meaning.

The context of Matthew 12:18 does not indicate that Jesus is a same sex lover. The context indicates Jesus is the servant of Jehovah, based on the fact that Matthew is quoting Isaiah 42:1-3, where Isaiah says: Behold, my servant."

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Original question:

“If "pais" means a male lover, why was this same word used in Matthew 12:18 when referring to Jesus? I looked at Strong's Concordance and noticed that the exact same word, "pais", is used in both verses (the other verse being the one you refer to about the Centurion).”

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Jun 13, 2013
on the male male interaction
by: Anonymous

You place the context of leviticus 20 within that of relating to Molech and so a man lying with a man is to you, not detestable. NIV Leviticus 20:13. Deception is a serious thing. My emotions can be twisted. I must accept what the word of God says and please Him.

Rick's comment: God placed Leviticus 20 in the context of Molech and goat idols and worshiping false gods.

1. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 1

2. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 2

3. Lev 17:7 establishes context


As a christian how can anal sex with a male be described as loving and committed. Love must involve please God.

Rick's comment: You assume that anal sex is a gay thing. In reality, anal sex was invented by heterosexuals who for thousands of years, have used anal sex as a primitive method of birth control. And about 34% of gay men do not engage in anal sex.

Are you okay with gay men who do not engage in anal sex?


Two men can never produce children. Sperms are haploid. Put 46 of them in a female cell and they will make death or cancer. How can you justify this male male relationship as normal?

Rick's comment: The "two men cannot produce children" argument? You would not prohibit sterile heterosexuals from marrying yet they cannot produce children.

You would not prevent elderly heterosexuals from marrying yet they cannot produce children. "Two men cannot produce children" is not a serious argument. If you really believed producing children was so important that it must be a requirement for marriage, you would be consistent in applying that logic to sterile and/or elderly heterosexuals.


If the world practiced male male and female female sex relationships, it will be heading for death. Think again.

Rick's comment: 95% of humanity is heterosexual and they continue to reproduce. The human race is not in any danger of dying out - there are more than 7 billion people on earth right now. And many gays and lesbians have biological children. Again, your argument doesn't sound serious or thoughtful.

What were the words Malakos and arsenokoites in the literature used for? Blessings on you!

Rick's comment: These links and the text links on these pages explain the meaning of malakoi and arsenokoitai.

What does malakoi mean?

What does arsenokoitai mean?

What words could Paul have used if he intended to condemn homosexuals?

Jan 12, 2014
I don't understand
by: Not understanding....

So, it's means male lover because YOU say it does? That makes no sense. Your arguments are paper thin here. The fact that the meaning means a servant and you're twisting it to mean what YOU want it to mean is ridiculous. Good luck with that though.

Rick's comment: Please read the article again. You completely missed the point. Pais, in some usages, does mean male lover, not because I say it does, but because that is how the word was used by Greek speaking people for 500 years before Jesus came and for hundreds of years after Jesus came.

I think you will enjoy discovering truths you don't know IF you'll take the time to click on the Links at the bottom of the article on which you commented. Many thanks.


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