The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DEVOUT [Gk sebomai (σεβομαι), eusebes (εὐσεβες), eulabes (εὐλαβες)]. This word group (also translated as “pious,” “godly,” “religious,” and “worshipful”) derives from the Hellenistic milieu, where it came to mean a reverent and wondering awe at the lofty and pure world of the divine; as such, it is
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Devout [Heb. ḥeseḏ] (Isa. 57:1); AV MERCIFUL; NEB “of good faith”; [Gk. eulabḗs] (Lk. 2:25; Acts 2:5; 8:2; 22:12); [eusebḗs] (Acts 10:2, 7); NEB also RELIGIOUS; [sebómenos] (Acts 13:43, 50; 17:4, 17); AV also RELIGIOUS; NEB WORSHIPPER, GOD-FEARING. The “devout” men of Isa. 57:1 were the God-fearing
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DEVOUT<de-vout’> ([εὐλαβής, eulabes], [εὐσεβής, eusebes], [σέβομαι, sebomai], “pious,” “dutiful,” “reverential”): The word is peculiar to Luke. Applied to Simeon (Luke 2:25), Cornelius (Acts 10:2, 7), Ananias (Acts 22:12). “Devout proselytes” (Acts 13:43, the King James Version
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DEVOUT Careful in fulfilling religious duties; pious; used only in Luke and Acts. Simeon is described as a righteous and devout person who welcomed the coming of the Messiah and on whom the Holy Spirit rested (Luke 2:25). Cornelius is described as a devout person who reverenced God, gave alms, and prayed
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
devout. Dedicated to religious duties; displaying sincere piety. The term appears in English versions primarily in the writings of Luke as a rendering of Greek eulabēs G2327 (e.g., Lk. 2:25, applied to Simeon), eusebēs G2356 (e.g. Acts 10:2, applied to Cornelius and his family), and the middle participle
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
DEVOUT, dē̇-voutʹ (εὐλαβής, eulabḗs, εὐσεβής, eusebḗs, σέβομαι, sébomai, “pious,” “dutiful,” “reverential”): The word is peculiar to St. Luke. Applied to Simeon (Lk 2:25), Cornelius (Acts 10:2, 7), Ananias (22:12). “Devout proselytes” (13:43, AV “religious proselytes”), with possible reference
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DEVOUT [צָדִיקtsadhiq; εὐλαβής eulabēs, εὐσεβής eusebēs; σέβομαι sebomai]. Tsadhiq often bears a legal connotation, denoting one who is just and whose claim is right (Ps 17:1; Isa 5:23). A devout person conducts oneself with righteousness in relationships (both human and divine), a sense that often
Key passages
Ac 10:2–7

devout and fearing God together with all his household, doing many charitable deeds for the people and praying to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day, he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming to him and saying to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him and became terrified …

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