Dependability • Faith • Faithful • Fidelity
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Faithfulness. Maintaining faith or allegiance; showing a strong sense of duty or conscientiousness. In biblical Hebrew, “faith” and “faithfulness” are grammatically related. Although both concepts are important in the OT, there is no English word exactly equivalent to the Hebrew terms. The most relevant
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Faithful; Faithfulness
Faithful; Faithfulness [Heb. ʾāman, ʾĕmûnâ, ʾēmûn, ʾĕmeṯ; Aram ʾaman]; AV also TRUTH, TRULY, STEADFAST (Ps. 78:8), ASSUREDLY (Jer. 32:41), “in their office of trust” (2 Ch. 31:15, 18); NEB LOYAL, TRUSTWORTHY, TRUE, TRUTH (FUL), SURE, CERTAIN, WELL-MEANT (Prov. 27:6), of steady character (Prov.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
FAITHFULNESS Maintaining faith or allegiance; showing a strong sense of duty or conscientiousness. In biblical Hebrew, “faith” and “faithfulness” are grammatically related. Although both concepts are important in the OT, there is no English word exactly equivalent to the Hebrew terms. The most relevant
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FAITHFULNESS. God, as biblically revealed, is living and personal, hence the possessor of a certain character. Central to that character is faithfulness or utter dependability. Jas 1:17 brings out God’s steadfastness, which is the antithesis of everything fickle and fluctuating. Very similar is 2 Tim
Catholic Bible Dictionary
D. The Test of Faith
D. The Test of FaithAbraham finally had the heir he had prayed for for so long. Now comes the climax of the whole Abraham cycle: “After these things God tested Abraham” (Gen 22:1).Abraham was ordered to take Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering. The ancient rabbis refer
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Faith, Faithfulness
Faith, FaithfulnessFaith is one of the most important theological concepts of the NT. Although the Pauline corpus most readily comes to mind when one speaks of faith, the concept is no less important in the later NT. One need only read Hebrews 11 to be reminded of that fact. “Faith” and its cognates
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FAITHFULNESS (Heb. ˒ĕmûnâ, “faithfulness, stability”). An attribute ascribed to God in many places, especially in the Psalms (36:5; 89:2, 5, 8; Isa. 11:5; etc.), which exhibits His character as worthy of the love and confidence of man and assures us that He will certainly fulfill His promises as well
FIDELITY (Gk. pistis). “That grace in the servant which shows him to be worthy of his Master’s trust. Thus our Lord says, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward,’ etc. (Luke 12:42, KJV). Paul gives the description of the faithful servant as ‘showing all good fidelity’ (Titus 2:10, KJV). The same
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FAITHFULNESS - dependability, loyalty, and stability, particularly as it describes God in His relationship to human believers. The faithfulness of God and His Word is a constant theme in the Bible. It is particularly prominent in Psalms 89 and 119. God is "the faithful God who keeps covenant" (Deut.
FIDELITY - faithfulness, loyalty. The word occurs only once (Titus 2:10). The apostle Paul wrote to Titus instructing him to exhort slaves to show "all good fidelity" to their own masters.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FAITHFUL; FAITHFULNESS<fath’-fool>, <fath’-fool-nes>:Faithfulness is a quality or attribute applied in the Scripture to both God and man. This article is limited to the consideration of the Scripture teaching concerning the meaning of faithfulness in its application to God.Faithfulness is one of the
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Faithʹful-ness, an attribute of God, in the sense of trustworthiness (Ps. 89:1, 33; Heb. 10:23).
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Faith, FaithfulnessThe Hebrew word ʾ-m-n, “firm, reliable, trustworthy,” or even its Hiphil form, heʾemîn, “to trust in, to believe in, to have faith in,” is used in the OT more rarely than Greek pisteuō, “to believe,” and pistis, “faith,” are used in the NT. Certainly the familiar examples cited in
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
faithfulness. A quality of *character that entails remaining steadfast in one’s commitment to another person or group of persons, or to one’s promises to another person or group, even in the face of adversity, opposition or faithlessness on the part of the other person or group. Such steadfastness, in
fidelity. *Faithfulness, especially in honoring a commitment, vow or *obligation; loyalty. As a moral category, fidelity is often used with reference to faithfulness to one’s *marriage partner, especially in the sexual dimension (see also chastity). Fidelity has also been equated with truthfulness.
Key passages
Dt 7:9

So know that Yahweh your God, he is God, the trustworthy God, maintaining his covenant and his loyal love with those who love him and with those who keep his commandments to a thousand generations,

Jos 24:14–15

“So now, revere Yahweh and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness; remove the gods that your ancestors served beyond the river and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh. But if it is bad in your eyes to serve Yahweh, choose for yourselves today whom you want …

Ps 40:10–11

Your righteousness I have not hidden in the midst of my heart. I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not concealed your loyal love or your faithfulness from the great congregation. As for you, O Yahweh, do not withhold your mercies from me. Let your loyal love and your …

Ro 12:1–2

Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve …

Heb 10:23

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for the one who promised is faithful.

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