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Golden Rule
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Golden Rule
Golden Rule A maxim or rule of ethical conduct advocating a reciprocal relationship. Stated as “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matt 7:12 NIV; compare Luke 6:31).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Golden Rule
GOLDEN RULE. Since the 18th century the “Golden Rule” has commonly designated the ethical maxim, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” attributed to Jesus by Matthew (7:12) and Luke (6:31). The descriptive terminology is thus quite modern, but it had an antecedent in the expression,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Golden Rule
Golden Rule A title commonly applied to the saying of Jesus in Mt. 7:12: “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets” (cf. Lk. 6:31: “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them”). In the context of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, it
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Golden Rule
Golden Rule, a modern term used for a saying of Jesus regarded as being of inestimable and universal importance: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matt. 7:12; cf. Luke 6:31). Jesus maintains, furthermore, that “this is the law and the prophets.” Within the context of Matthew’s
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Golden Rule
Golden RuleA popular label applied to Jesus’ words recorded, in slightly different wording, in Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31. The popularized version of those words is, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Remarkably similar precepts have appeared in Judaism (Tob. 4:15; b. Šabb. 31a; cf.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Golden Rule
Golden Rule. †Jesus’ command that his followers treat others as they themselves would be treated. The positive form of the statement occurs at Matt. 7:12, where it concludes a portion of the Sermon on the Mount concerning prayer; Jesus underscores its teaching as the summation of the Law and the Prophets.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Golden Rule
Golden Rule. A (modern) name for the precept in the Sermon on the Mount:‘All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’ (Mt. 7:12; cf. Lk. 6:31). In a negative form it is found in the *Western text of Acts 15:29, and in a saying attributed to *Hillel in the Talmud (b.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Golden Rule
Golden RuleGolden Rule, a modern term (first attested in English in the seventeenth century as ‘golden law’) for a saying of Jesus regarded as of inestimable (‘golden’) and universal importance: ‘Whatever you wish that persons would do to you, do so to them’ (Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31). Similar statements,
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Golden Rule
golden rule. A teaching, purportedly found in the sayings of many religious leaders, but given its most widely acknowledged form by Jesus, which declares that people should treat others in the manner in which they would like to be treated (Mt 7:12; Lk 6:31). The negative form of the injunction appears
Golden Mean
golden mean. An aphorism coined by *Aristotle that asserts that the excellence of the moral virtues consists in habitual moderation. The *principle of the golden mean suggests that a *virtue lies in the mean between deficiency and excess. Thus, *courage is the mean between cowardice (the *vice of deficiency)
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Golden Rule
GOLDEN RULE.—This name is given to a saying of Jesus recorded in the Sermon on the Mount. In Mt 7:12 its form is fuller and probably more original than in Lk 6:31. The omission of the sentence, ‘for this is the law and the prophets,’ by the Gentile Evangelist, is in accord with the purpose of his Gospel;
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Golden Rule
GOLDEN RULE Name usually given to the command of Jesus recorded in Matt. 7:12 (cp. Luke 6:31)—“whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them” (HCSB). The designation “Golden Rule” does not appear in the Bible, and its origin in English is difficult to trace. The principle of the Golden
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Golden Rule
Golden Rule. Jesus stated what is now known as the Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 7:12; cf. Luke 6:31). The negative form was widely expressed in Judaism. The famous first-century rabbi Hillel reportedly
Key passages
Le 19:17

“ ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your fellow citizen, so that you do not incur sin along with him.

Mt 7:12

Therefore in all things, whatever you want that people should do to you, thus also you do to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

Mt 22:37–40

And he said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend all the law and …

Lk 6:31

And just as you want people to do to you, do the same to them.