2) select, choice, the best of its kind. For eklego the definition is: 1) to pick or choose out for oneself.
The corresponding English word is colored in purple where it occurs in the English text below.
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THEY SHALL GATHER HIS ELECT
THE ELECT IN THE FOURTH GOSPEL
 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
 Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also wish to go away?
 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
 Jesus answered them, Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?
 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him.
 When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you?
 You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
 I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.'
 I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
 This I command you, to love one another.
 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.