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What is the meaning of “whole” in Luke 17:19?

Luke 17:19 ends with : “thy faith has made thee whole”(KJV). Many versions end with “thy faith has made thee well”. So, in your study, what conclusion have you come to ? “Whole” would imply complete restoration of body parts that were eliminated by the leprosy and elimination of the disease, whereas “well” could imply elimination of the disease and new skin where the missing body parts were. I am new to your site, and find it very interesting and well done. Thanks. Sincerely, Jim

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‘Healing Peter’s mother-in-law by John Bridges, 19th century.’

It’s interesting that you should write to ask this question now since I have recently been wondering about this same question. What does it mean to be made whole? I’m using these online Bible study tools. I typed in “whole”, checked the “use study tools box” chose the new Testament and the King James Version. Using this tool tells us that the Greek word for whole associated with this verse (Luke 27:19) is sojo. The lexicon gives these definitions: to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction

  1. one (from injury or peril)
    • To save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.
    • To preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue.
  2. To save in the technical biblical sense.
    • Negatively 1b
  3. To deliver from the penalties of the Messianic. judgment 1b
  4. To save from the evils that obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance.

Note the relationship to spiritual healing and salvation in a Christian sense. This verse refers to the one leper in ten who returned to thank Christ for his physical healing. Christ then uses the word for salvation and spiritual healing when he tells him he has been made whole by his faith. Notice a different Greek word, hugies, is used in Mark 3:5 when Christ heals the hand of a man with palsy. The word is used specifically to refer to the hand being healed. Definition: sound of a man who is sound in body to make one whole i.e. restore him to health The only way to determine which word is used where is to click on each word and then read the verses associated with it. An interesting study. You’ll enjoy it. Go to to begin.


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7 thoughts on “What is the meaning of “whole” in Luke 17:19?

  1. Thanks alot for such a revelation..You have enabled me to present this tomorrow in our church service.May the Lord continue to empower you in all ways.Receive it in Jesus NAME.Now i understand deliverance, salvation and being made whole.Thanks alot again for all this.

    1. That’s deep may God bless you

    2. Of course. the man was rewarded for his thoughtfulness in returning to give credit where credit was due, to God. not to the church or man but God. The nine were healed or made well. My brother lost two fingers when he was about 5 years old. His skin grew back over the stubs. Was he healed? Yes, but the stubs were still stubs. The Samaritan on the other hand was made whole or complete, no stubby fingers.His appreciation of God made him whole.

      1. Missing two fingers makes one a part of the whole. It doesn’t matter that the majority part of the body was present; the entire body was not. When Jesus made them whole; that meant that the missing parts were replaced. You see, there is difference in being healed and being made whole.

  2. If you will notice in scripture in the Gospels the word whole is used in context, while the word healed is used. It is physical this is not scripture to support spiritual healing.
    Whole denoting nothing missing, nothing lacking.

    1. A pastor gave a revealing interpretation to this distinction. Those who were “cleansed” had been ill and were cured. For the one who was made “whole”, it was as if he had never been ill; the slate was wiped clean, as are our sins when we accept the Lord.

  3. Yes, thank you for these comments, I have been asked to comment on wholeness as regards healing tonight in Bible study and I will go better armed to have a broad discussion.

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