It is clear that this chapter does not exhaustively demonstrate that G1586 was never used to speak of God’s choice of someone to be saved. For this reason, an appendix has been posted which lists each occurrence of the word in both the LXX and the NT. Any who desire to verify the absence of this choice in scripture may find the appendix helpful.
There is one additional occurrence of G1586 in the New Testament that needs examination.
And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days. (Mark 13:20)
It is clear that the chosen objects are the elect. But who are the elect? The Greek word for 'elect' has the Strong's number of G1588, and this word is the topic of following chapters. It is the author's humble opinion that it is best to leave the study of this occurrence of G1586, and the interpretation of this verse, for a later chapter. Although we may vigorously disagree with his choice, the author is, by definition, the one writing this chapter and will do as he sees fit, leaving us to try to determine the purpose of his choice.
However, before we dive into the study G1588, the author feels it would be beneficial to explore a bit of background material, as it may help clarify key concepts within the word study. Isaiah 65 and 66 used G1588 in a unique manner that appeared to affect the common understanding of the word, so we shall take a short detour into those chapters before beginning in earnest the study of G1588.