Chivalry • Civility • Courtesy • Gentle • Moderation
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gentle [Heb. marpēʾ] (Prov. 15:4); AV WHOLESOME; NEB SOOTHING; [ʾallûp̱] (Jer. 11:19); AV “ox”; NEB “obedient”; [* śāʿîr] (“gentle rain,” Dt. 32:2); AV “small rain” NEB “fine rain”; [Gk. praÿ́s] (Mt. 11:29; 1 Pet. 3:4); AV MEEK; [ḗpios] (1 Thess. 2:7); [epieikḗs] (1 Tim. 3:3; Tit. 3:2; Jas.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GENTLENESS In the OT an attitude of humility or bending low (2 Sm 22:36, kjv; cf. Ps 18:35, kjv). Its adjectival and adverbial forms (“gentle,” “gently”) can mean courteous and unpretentious (Prv 15:4), quiet and tender (Dt 32:2; Is 8:6), or unharsh (2 Sm 18:5; Jb 15:11).In the NT several words are
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GENTLENESS. This term in English indicates moderation in action, refinement in mannerisms and disposition, and the absence of that which is precipitate and rough. The Heb. term is ‘ānâ, with the basic meaning “to bend low,” “to condescend.” Cf. God’s clemency toward mankind (Ps 18:35). Four terms are
MODERATION. The limitation of one’s appetite, actions, or emotions. The word usually refers to being temperate, meaning that one does not go to excess even in normal habits such as eating. The word does not appear in the OT and only in the NT at Phil 4:5. The Gr. word is epieikes which means “mildness,”
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GENTLENESS. In Gal. 5:23 ‘gentleness’ (praÿtēs) is part of the ninefold ‘fruit of the Spirit’. In 2 Cor. 10:1 Paul beseeches his readers by the ‘gentleness’ (epieikeia) of Christ, coupled with his ‘meekness’ (praÿtēs). epieikeia suggests the yielding of a judge, who, instead of demanding the exact
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
GENTLENESS (Heb. ˓ănāwâ, “condescension,” Ps. 18:35; Gk. epieikeia, “clemency,” 2 Cor. 10:1). “All God’s going back from the strictness of his rights as against men, all his allowing of their imperfect righteousness and giving a value to that which, rigidly estimated, would have none; all his refusal
MODERATION. Better, “forbearing spirit” (Phil. 4:5, NASB), “gentleness” (Phil. 4:5), or “patience.” In 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:18, the Gk. is rendered by the word “gentle.”
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GENTLENESS — kindness, consideration, a spirit of fairness and compassion. The apostle Paul declared that Christians should have a spirit of gentleness toward all people (Phil. 4:5; 2 Cor. 10:1).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Gentleness“Gentle” or “gentleness” appears over twenty times in English translations of the Bible. In Proverbs we find two striking images of gentleness in its disarming power: “A gentle tongue can break a bone” (Prov 25:15 NIV) and “a gentle answer turns away wrath” (Prov 15:1 NIV).The imagery of
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GENTLENESS<jen’-t’-l-nes> ([עָנָה‎, ̀anah]; [ἐπιείκεια, epieikeia], [χρηστόης, chrestotes]): In 2 Sam 22:36 `anah, “to bend low,” “to condescend,” is translated “gentleness,” “Thy gentleness hath made me great,” the Revised Version, margin “or condescension”; so also Ps 18:35, where
MODERATION<mod-er-a’-shun> ([τὸ ἐπιεικές, to epieikes]): The word occurs once in the King James Version, Phil 4:5.
A Catholic Dictionary
chivalry (Lat. caballus, a horse). The system of ideas prevalent among the mounted men-at-arms (Fr. chevalier. It. cavaliero, Span. cabaliero, Ger. Ritter, Eng. knight) of the middle ages, and which still influences their descendants and European society in general, to a greater or less degree, is known
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
GENTLENESS.—St. Paul in 2 Co 10:1 appeals to the meekness and gentleness (πραύτης καὶ ἑπιείκεια) of Christ. These qualities would be readily admitted to be so characteristic of Jesus as to require no specific illustration. Yet such is the objective character of the Gospels, that with the exception
COURTESY.—The courtesies of life have always received more strict and formal recognition in the East than in the West. The people of Palestine in Christ’s time were no exception to this rule. They were punctilious about those conventional forms which hedge in and govern social life, and were not slow
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
MODERATION Self-control; calmness; temperateness (Phil. 4:5). The underlying Greek term is used in parallel with kindness (2 Macc. 9:27). Modern translations read “forbearance” (RSV), “forbearing spirit” (NASB), “gentleness” (NIV, NRSV), and “consideration of others” (REB).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
GENTLENESS, jenʹt’l-nes (עָנָה‎, ‛ānāh; ἐπιείκεια, epieíkeia, χρηστότης, chrēstótēs): In 2 S 22:36 ‛ānāh, “to bend low,” “to condescend,” is trd “gentleness,” “Thy gentleness hath made me great,” RVm “or condescension”; so also Ps 18:35, where the word is ‛anwāh, “humility,” “gentleness,”
MODERATION, mod-ẽr-āʹshun (τὸ ἐπιεικές, tó epieikés): The word occurs once in AV, Phil 4:5.
Key passages
Ga 5:23

gentleness, self control. Against such things there is no law.

Tt 3:2

to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all courtesy to all people.

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