Candid • Honesty
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Honest[Heb kēn] (Gen. 42:11, 19, 31, 33f); AV TRUE; [yāšār] (1 S. 29:6); AV, NEB, UPRIGHT; [yōšer] (Job 6:25); AV RIGHT; NEB UPRIGHT; [ṣeḏeq] (Prov. 12:17); AV RIGHTEOUSNESS; [Gk. agathós] (Eph. 4:28; Tit. 2:1); AV GOOD; NEB HONESTLY, HONORABLE; [kálos] (Lk. 8:15); HONESTLY [Heb. beʾĕmûnâ]
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HONESTY. Three words are translated “honest” in KJV.1. Gr. kalos, that which is excellent and in this sense good. We are to provide all things honest in the sight of men (Rom 12:17), and of God and men (2 Cor 8:21), and see that our conduct (“conversation,” KJV) is excellent before the unsaved (1 Pet
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HONESTY. “Honest” is generally rendered “honorable” and “right.” Gk. semnotēs has the meaning of “gravity, probity, purity” (1 Tim. 2:2, KJV; “dignity,” NASB; “holiness,” NIV). “Honesty” (Rom. 13:13; 1 Thess. 4:12, KJV) is the rendering of the Gk. euschēmonōs and means “seemly, properly, with propriety” (“decently,”
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HONESTY — the state of being honorable or truthful, upright and fair in dealing with others. When Joseph’s brothers arrived in Egypt, they explained that they were “honest men . . . not spies” (Gen. 42:11).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HONEST; HONESTY<on’-est>, <on’-es-ti>: The word “honest” in the New Testament in the King James Version generally represents the adjective [καλός, kalos], “good,” “excellent,” “honorable,” and, with the exception of Lk 8:15, “honest and good heart,” is changed in the Revised Version (British
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
honesty. A *virtue that entails being devoted to truth and truthfulness. As a virtue, honesty gives rise both to pursuing truth (intellectual honesty) and being truthful in relationships with others (moral honesty). *Christian ethics adds an additional dimension, that of “being in the truth,” a concept
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
HONESTY (the subst. does not occur in the Gospels; the adj. ‘honest’ is found in both AV and RV of Lk 8:15 as a rendering of καλός = Lat. honestus, ‘noble,’ ‘excellent.’ See Hastings’ DB s.vv.).—This virtue does not take the prominent place in the teaching of Jesus Christ that it assumes in most systems
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HONESTY Fairness and straightforwardness of conduct. KJV frequently used “honesty” or cognates where modern translations use other words: “honorable/honorably” (Rom. 13:13; Phil. 4:8; Heb. 13:18; 1 Pet. 2:12); “noble” (Luke 8:15; Rom. 12:17); “dignity” (1 Tim. 2:2); “properly” (1 Thess. 4:12). Men of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Honest, Honesty
HONEST, onʹest, HONESTY, onʹes-ti: The word “honest” in the NT in AV generally represents the adj. καλός, kalós, “good,” “excellent,” “honorable,” and, with the exception of Lk 8:15, “honest and good heart,” is changed in RV into the more correct “honorable” (Rom 12:17; 2 Cor 8:21; 13:7; Phil 4:8);
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HONESTY. The quality or condition of being honest; exhibiting integrity, trustworthiness, and truthfulness. The word itself is rare in English Bible translations. Biblical literature has much more to say about the opposite of honesty: deceive and its cognates occur over 150 times.The topic of honesty
Key passages
Ge 42:11

We all are sons of one man. We are honest men. We, your servants, are not spies.”

2 Ki 12:15

They did not have to settle accounts with the men into whose hands they placed the money to give to the workers, for they were dealing honestly.

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Topics & Themes