Attention!
15 million Ukrainian are displaced by Russia's war.
Millions miss a meal or two each day.
Help us change that! Click to donate today!

Bible Dictionaries

Holman Bible Dictionary

Honesty

Additional Links
Fairness and straightforwardness of conduct. The KJV frequently used honesty or cognates where modern translations use other words: honorable/honorably (Romans 13:13; Philippians 4:8; Hebrews 13:18; 1 Peter 2:12 ); noble (Luke 8:15; Romans 12:17 ); dignity (1 Timothy 2:2 ); properly (1 Thessalonians 4:12 ). Men of “honest report” (Acts 6:3 ) are men of good standing (NRSV).

Someone in the right in a law case may be described as honest (Exodus 23:7 NIV). Isaiah lamented that “no one goes to law honestly” ( Isaiah 59:4 NRSV). Honest or just balances, weights, and measures give fair and accurate measure ( Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:15; Proverbs 16:11 ). Job 31:6 prays God's judgment to be weighed in an honest balance so God can know the person's integrity. Scripture often refers to honest or right speech ( Job 6:25; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 16:13; Proverbs 24:26 ). Those working on the Temple construction were known for their honest business dealings (2 Kings 12:15; 2 Kings 22:7 ).

Jacob claimed honesty (Genesis 30:33 ) but manipulated the breeding of Laban's flocks (Genesis 30:37-43 ). Jacob's sons repeatedly assured Joseph of their honesty (Genesis 42:11 ,Genesis 42:11,42:19 ,Genesis 42:19,42:31 ,Genesis 42:31,42:33-34 ), never guessing that their brother knew their deceptive natures all too well (Genesis 37:31-33 ).

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Honesty'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/honesty.html. 1991.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below:
Choose a letter to browse:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Prev Entry
Homosexuality
Next Entry
Honey