This word-study is the sequel to the word-study, "want, desire" (thelo). Thelo and boulomai are not synonyms. However in some passages it is difficult to tell whether a "want" or an "intention" is under consideration.
1012 BOULE (12): an intention, a determination, advice, counsel.
1013 BOULEMA (2): a goal, purpose or intention. I
1011 BOULEUOMAI (7): to consult for a specific purpose; make a determination.
1010 BOULEUTFS (2): one who counsels or is consulted.
1014 BOULOMAI (35): to have a purpose, to want, intend. To will, when God's intention is under consideration.
Note that boulomai often involves an intention that looks to the future for its fulfillment, whereas thelo (2309 "want") often expresses a desire without an apparent time factor.
Used with "want" (2309 thelo) in Mt.1.19, Lk.22.42 and Act.17.20.
Back to word index