1162 DE'ESIS (18): an earnest asking, pleading or entreating. The plea is always to God. De'esis is among the four kinds of prayers listed in 1Ti.2.1. See "prayer" (4335 proseuche) for additional kinds of prayers.
A sense of emotion or urging is more obvious in the verb form, deomai (below), but can also be seen in the usage of de'esis in passages such as Eph.6.18: "...through every prayer (proseuche) and plea (de'esis), praying (proseuche) always in spirit, and staying alert to it in total perseverance and pleading (de'esis) concerning all of the purified ones. Also 1Ti.5.5: "But the really bereft woman (who has also been abandoned) has set her hope on God and continues [her] pleadings (de'esis) and prayers (proseuche) night and day...". Also Jas.5.16: "So then, confess [your] wrongdoings to each other, and pray (proseuchomai) in support of each other so that you+ may be cured; the strong plea (de'esis) of an upright one being very effective."
1189 DEOMAI (22): to plead, beseech, beg, appeal. The context shows whether it is a form of praying to God or imploring a human. See "plea" (1162 de'esis) for the noun form. "Petition" is sometimes used to translate deomai but it is very similar in meaning to "ask" or "request," and it is not strong enough in most contexts to represent the intensity of deomai.
TO APPEAL TO, OR PLEAD WITH A HUMAN: For example, Act.21.39: "And Paul said, 'I am a Jew indeed! a person [who is] a citizen of Tarsus in Cilicia, no minor city. And I plead (deomai) with you, permit me to speak to the people.'" Also Acts.26.3: "...you (king Agrippa) are an expert, both of all the customs and questions among the Jews. For this reason I appeal (deomai) [to you] to patiently listen to me." Also 2Co.5.20: "So then we are delegates on behalf of the Anointed One, as God encouraging you through us. We plead (deomai) on behalf of the Anointed One; be reconciled to God."
TO BEG SOMETHING OF JESUS WHILE HE WAS IN THE FLESH: For example, Lk.5.12: "And it happened as he (Jesus) was in one of the cities. Look! a man full of leprosy. And seeing Jesus, falling on [his] face, he begged (deomai) him saying, 'Master, if you are willing you can cleanse me.'" Also Lk.8.28: "And (the demon) seeing Jesus fell prostrate before him and in a loud voice said, 'What [is this] to me and to you, Jesus, Son of God most high? I beg (deomai) you, do not torment me.'"
TO PLEAD WITH GOD: as in Mt.9.38: "Simon, Simon, Look! Satan begged earnestly for you to sift [you] as wheat. But I (Jesus) pleaded concerning you that your trust might not fail. And when you have turned, support your brothers."
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