Best • Excellence • Excellency • Exemplary • Most Excellent
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Excellent [Heb. gāḏal] (Isa. 28:29); NEB WONDERFUL; [Aram yattîr] (Dnl. 5:12, 14; 6:3); NEB NOTABLE, PECULIAR, etc.; [Gk. krátistos] (Lk. 1:3; Acts 24:2; 26:25); AV MOST NOBLE; NEB EXCELLENCY; [diaphérō] (Rom. 2:18; Phil. 1:10); [diáphoros] (He. 1:4; 8:6); NEB FAR SUPERIOR; [hyperbolé̄] (1 Cor.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EXCELLENT<ek’-se-lent> [אַדִּיר‎, ’addir], [יַתִּיר‎, yattir] (Aramaic); [διαφορώτερος, diaphoroteros], [κράτιστος, kratistos]): The translation of various Hebrew words, chiefly of ’addir, “great,” “honorable” (Psalm 8:1, 9; 16:3; 76:4); yattir, “surpassing,” is Aramaic, occurring in
EXCELLENCY<ek’-se-len-si> ([גָּאוֹן‎, ga-on], [גַּאֲוָה‎, ga’awah]; [ὑπερβολή, huperbole]): “Excellency” in the Old Testament is chiefly the translation of ga’on, “mounting,” “swelling” (Exodus 15:7; Job 37:4 the King James Version; Psalm 47:4 the King James Version; Isaiah 13:19 the King
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Excellent, Most
excellent, most. The title “most excellent” (Gk. kratistos G3196, superlative of kratys, “strong” [cf. kratos G3187]) is found four times in the NT. It may have been the official rendering of the Latin vir egregius, which meant “a man of equestrian rank,” that is, one of the knights who came in order
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
EXCELLENT, ekʹse-lent (אַדִּיר‎, ’addīr, יַתִּיר‎, yattīr [Aram.]; διαφορώτερος, diaphorō̇teros, κράτιστος, krátistos): The tr of various Heb words, chiefly of ’addīr, “great,” “honorable” (Ps 8:1, 9; 16:3; 76:4); yattīr, “surpassing,” is Aram., occurring in Dnl 2:31; 4:36; 5:12, 14; 6:3. Other
EXCELLENCY, ekʹse-len-si (גָּאוֹן‎, gā’ōn, גַּאֲוָה‎, ga’ăwāh; ὑπερβολή, huperbolḗ): “Excellency” in the OT is chiefly the tr of gā’ōn, “mounting,” “swelling” (Ex 15:7; Job 37:4 AV; Ps 47:4 AV; Isa 13:19 AV, etc); ga’ăwāh, “rising,” is thrice so rendered (Dt 33:26, 29; Ps 68:34); se’ēth, “rising” (twice)
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
Excellency“There has nothing been more without a definition than excellency, although it be what we are more concerned with than anything else whatsoever” (WJE 6:332). So writes a youthful Edwards in his first entry in “The Mind” of an elusive concept, yet one that was foundational to his developed
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EXCELLENT [אַדִּירʾaddir; יַתִּירyattir; κράτιστος kratistos, διάφορος diaphoros, ὑπερβολή hyperbolē]. “Excellent” (ʾaddir) is used relative to Yahweh, “how excellent is your name in all the earth” (KJV; NRSV “majestic,” Ps 8:1, 9), and in Ps 76:4, where Yahweh is considered “more excellent than
Key passages
Da 1:3–4

And the king ordered Ashpenaz, the commander of his court officials, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family and from the lords, youths who have no physical defect, and who are handsome, and who are prudent in all wisdom and endowed with knowledge, and who understand …

Lk 1:3

it seemed best to me also—because I have followed all things carefully from the beginning—to write them down in orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus,

Ac 26:25

But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking words of truth and rationality.

2 Co 8:7

But just as you excel in everything—in faith and in speaking and in knowledge and with all diligence and in the love from us that is in you—so may you excel in this grace also.