The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Guile [Heb. mirmâ] (Gen. 27:35); AV SUBTILTY; NEB TREACHEROUSLY; [šeqer] (Ps. 119:78); AV PERVERSELY; NEB LIES; [maššāʾ ôn] (Prov. 26:26); AV DECEIT; NEB DISSIMULATION; [Gk. dólos] (Jn. 1:47; 2 Cor. 12:16; 1 Thess. 2:3; 1 Pet. 2:1, 22; 3:10); NEB FALSE, TRICK, DECEIVE, DECEIT, FALSEHOOD; GUILELESS
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GUILE. Three Heb words and one Gr. word are so translated in KJV. The verbal form “to beguile” represents three words in the OT and four in the NT.The basic meaning of the word is trickery or deception, and related to attitudes held by people or actions involving people.In Israel, taking of life “with
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GUILE — craftiness, cunning, deceit, or deception. Jesus commended Nathanael as a true Israelite, a man in whom there was “no guile” (John 1:47; nothing false, NIV). The opposite of guile is truth, honesty, and sincerity.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GUILE<gil> ([מִרְמָה‎, mirmah]; [δόλος, dolos]): “Guile” is twice the translation of mirmah, “fraud,” “deceit” (Ps 34:13, “Keep .... thy lips from speaking guile”; 55:11, “deceit and guile,” the Revised Version (British and American) “oppression (margin “fraud”) and guile”); once of
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DECEIT, DECEPTION, GUILE1. Words and references.—Mk 7:22, Jn 1:47 (δόλος, ‘bait,’ ‘stratagem,’ ‘guile,’ ‘craft,’ ‘treachery’; cf. Ro 1:29, 2 Co 11:13, 12:16, 1 Th 2:3, 1 P 2:1, 22, Rev 14:5); Mt 13:22 (ἀτατη, ‘trick,’ ‘fraud,’ ‘deceit’; cf. Eph. 4:22, Col 2:8, He 3:13); Mt 24:4, Jn 7:12 (τλανκω, ‘lead
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GUILE Crafty or deceitful cunning; treachery; duplicity; deceit. Jacob dressed in his brother’s clothes with the goatskins on his arms and neck is Scripture’s best-known illustration of guile (Gen. 27:35; KJV, subtlety; modern translations, deceitfully). Jesus perhaps had this image of Jacob (Israel)
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
guile. This English term, meaning “skillful deceit,” occurs eleven times in the KJV, but less frequently in modern translations (not at all in the NIV). Well-known passages where the KJV uses the term include Jesus’ statement regarding Nathanael, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (Jn.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
GUILE, gīl (מִרְמָה‎, mirmāh; δόλος, dólos): “Guile” is twice the tr of mirmāh, “fraud,” “deceit” (Ps 34:13, “Keep … thy lips from speaking guile”; 55:11, “deceit and guile,” RV “oppression [m “fraud”] and guile”); once of ‛ormāh, “craftiness,” “guile” (Ex 21:14); once of remīyāh, “deception,”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GUILE, GUILELESS [מַשָּׁאוֹןmashaʾon, שֶׁקֶרshereq; ἀκέραιος akeraios, δόλος dolos]. Guile is synonymous with cunning or deceit. One who is not deceitful and is not treacherous or crafty or cunning in dealings with others is guileless. In the Scriptures of Israel, shereq represents acting or speaking