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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Behave, Behavior

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A — 1: ἀναστρέφω

(Strong's #390 — Verb — anastrepho — an-as-tref'-o )

"to turn back, return" (ana, "back," strepho, "to turn"), hence, "to move about in a place, to sojourn," and, in the Middle and Passive Voices, "to conduct oneself," indicating one's manner of life and character, is accordingly rendered "behave" in 1 Timothy 3:15 , lit., "how it is necessary to behave," not referring merely to Timothy himself, but to all the members of the local church (see the whole epistle); in Ephesians 2:3 , AV, "we had our conversation," RV, "we lived;" in 2 Corinthians 1:12 "behaved ourselves," for AV "have had our conversation." See ABIDE , etc.

A — 2: γίνομαι

(Strong's #1096 — Verb — ginomai — ghin'-om-ahee )

"to become," is rendered "behave" in 1 Thessalonians 2:10; lit., "we became among you" (cp. 1:5).

A — 3: ἀτακτέω

(Strong's #812 — Verb — atakteo — at-ak-teh'-o )

lit., "to be disorderly" (a, negative, and taxis, "order"), "to lead a disorderly life," is rendered "behave disorderly" in 2 Thessalonians 3:7 . Cp. ataktos, "disorderly, unruly," and ataktos, "disorderly."

A — 4: ἀσχημονέω

(Strong's #807 — Verb — aschemoneo — as-kay-mon-eh'-o )

"to be unseemly" (a, negative, and schema, "a form"), is used in 1 Corinthians 7:36 , "behave (himself) unseemly," i.e., so as to run the risk of bringing the virgin daughter into danger or disgrace, and in 1 Corinthians 13:5 , "doth (not) behave itself unseemly."

B — 1: ἀναστροφή

(Strong's #391 — Noun Feminine — anastrophe — an-as-trof-ay' )

lit., "a turning back" (cp. No. 1, above), is translated "manner of life," "living," etc. in the RV, for AV, "conversation," Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 4:22; 1 Timothy 4:12; Hebrews 13:7; James 3:13; 1 Peter 1:15,18; 2:1 ("behavior"); 3:1,2,16 (ditto); 2 Peter 2:7; 3:11 . see CONVERSATION , LIFE.

B — 2: κατάστημα

(Strong's #2688 — Noun Neuter — katastema — kat-as'-tay-mah )

akin to kathistemi (see APPOINT , No. 2), denotes "a condition, or constitution of anything, or deportment," Titus 2:3 , "demeanor," RV, for AV, "behavior." See DEMEANOR.

C — 1: κόσμιος

(Strong's #2887 — Adjective — kosmios — kos'-mee-os )

"orderly, modest," is translated "orderly" in 1 Timothy 3:2 , RV, for AV, "of good behavior." Both have "modest" in 1 Timothy 2:9 . Cp. kosmeo, "to adorn," kosmos, "adornment."

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Behave, Behavior'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/b/behave-behavior.html. 1940.

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