The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Loyal; Loyalty[Heb ḥeseḏ, ḥāsaḏ—‘be loyal’] (Gen. 21:23; 24:49; 47:29; 1 S. 20:14f.; 2 S. 2:5; 3:8; etc.; 1 K. 2:7; 1 Ch. 19:2; Ps. 18:25 [MT 26]; 101:1; Prov. 3:3; 14:22; etc.; Jonah 2:8); AV KINDNESS, MERCY, GOODNESS, etc.; NEB also LOYAL FRIENDSHIP, FAITH, BEFRIENDED, etc.; [Gk. pistós] (3
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
LoyaltyLoyalty is a relational term. While one can be faithful to an ideal, duty or vow, one is loyal to a person. Loyalty denotes enduring commitment to a person over a long period of time, often with the implication of the commitment persisting in the face of obstacles that threaten such endurance.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LOYALTY [חֶסֶדkhesedh]. In the NRSV loyalty is one of several terms used to translate khesedh in human relationships in the OT. It expresses, for instance, the character of Ruth’s behavior toward her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 1:8; 3:10) in caring for her after the death of the men of the family, or
Key passages
Ezr 7:26

All who do not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with diligence, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of goods and for imprisonment.”

Ec 8:2

Keep the command of the king because of your oath to God.

Ro 13:1

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those that exist are put in place by God.

Tt 3:1

Remind them to be subject to the rulers and to the authorities, to obey, to be prepared for every good work,

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Topics & Themes