Godliness, Godly • Godly
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Godliness [Gk. eusébeia] (1 Tim. 4:7f.; 6:3, 5f, 11; Tit. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:3, 6f.; 3:11); NEB RELIGION, RELIGIOUS, TRUE RELIGION, PIETY, DEDICATED; GODLY [Heb. ḥāsîḏ] (Dt. 33:8; Ps. 4:3 [MT 4]; 12:1 [MT 2]; 16:10; 32:6; 52:9 [MT 11]; 86:2; Mic. 7:2); AV also HOLY (ONE), SAINTS, GOOD MAN; NEB “loyal
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Godliness, Godly
godliness, godly, a life or attribute that is pleasing to God. Almost all references to “godliness” in the Bible occur in the Pastoral Letters and in 2 Peter (1 Tim. 2:2; 4:7–8; 6:3, 5–6, 11; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:3, 6, 7; 3:11). The term translates a Greek word (eusebeia; also used in Acts
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GODLINESS. Normally, “godliness” in the KJV is a translation of the Gr. eusebeia. Godliness broadly means practical Christian piety. It finds its basis in a proper knowledge of God (1 Jn 5:18), its outworking in a yielded life to God through Jesus Christ (Rom 12:1), and its final goal as the development
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GODLINESS. In pagan literature, godliness (Gk. eusebeia, eulabeia and related terms) meant showing proper caution, fear or reverence towards the gods. Such piety involved the offering of sacrifices and other cultic activities. It also meant honouring the gods by respecting elders, masters, rulers, and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Godly (Heb. ḥāsîḏ; Gk. eusebeía).† A term designating one who exercises loving-kindness (cf. Heb. ḥeseḏ) toward others (Mic. 7:2; KJV “good man”) and demonstrates faithfulness to God (Ps. 12:1 [MT 2]; 86:2; KJV “holy”; cf. 52:9 [MT 11]; KJV “saints”). It occurs primarily in
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
GODLINESS. The rendering of Gk. eusebeia, “reverence,” in Scripture meaning piety toward God (Acts 3:12, “piety”; 1 Tim. 2:2; 4:7–8; 6:3, 5–6, 11). It is the sum of religious virtues and duties, bringing to its possessor blessedness “for the present life and also for the life to come” (4:8). “The mystery
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Godlinessthe whole of practical piety (1 Tim. 4:8; 2 Pet. 1:6). “It supposes knowledge, veneration, affection, dependence, submission, gratitude, and obedience.” In 1 Tim. 3:16 it denotes the substance of revealed religion.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Godliness, Godly
Godliness, Godlygodliness, godly, the English translation of a Greek root (also translated as ‘religion, religious,’ ‘piety, pious,’ ‘devotion, devout,’ or ‘worship, worshipper’) common in the nt world to describe respect for Greek and Roman gods and for the orders of society. This may be why the term
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GODLINESS — piety or reverence toward God (1 Tim. 2:2). Godliness means more than religious profession and godly conduct; it also means the reality and power of a vital union with God.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GODLINESS; GODLY<god’-li-nes>, <god’-li> ([εὐσέβεια, eusebeia], [εὐσεβής, eusebes], [εὐσεβω̂ς, eusebos]): In the Old Testament the word rendered “godly” in Ps 4:3; 32:6 ([חָסִיד‎, chacidh]) is literally, “kind,” then “pious” (the Revised Version, margin renders it in the former passage,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GODLINESS Respect for God that affects the way a person lives. The term “godliness” appears most frequently in the writings of Paul, specifically the Pastoral Epistles. Paul encouraged Timothy to pursue “godliness” in an active manner (1 Tim. 6:11). By so doing, he challenged him to develop a true respect
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
godliness. In nonbiblical Greek literature, the term eusebeia G2354 connotes “reverence toward the gods” and thus is usually rendered “piety, religion.” In the NT (aside from Acts 3:12) it occurs only in the Pastoral Epistles (esp. 1 Timothy) and in 2 Peter. The term indicates a devout attitude toward
Key passages
Tt 2:11–14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, training us in order that, denying impiety and worldly desires, we may live self-controlled and righteously and godly in the present age, looking forward to the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior …

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