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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Liberal, Liberality, Liberally

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A — 1: ἁπλότης
(Strong's #572 — Noun Feminine — haplotes — hap-lot'-ace )

denotes (a) "simplicity, sincerity, unaffectedness" (from haplous, "single, simple," in contrast to diplous, "double"), Romans 12:8 , "simplicity;" 2 Corinthians 11:3 (in some mss. in 2 Corinthians 1:12 ); Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22 , singleness;" (b) "simplicity as manifested in generous giving," "liberality," 2 Corinthians 8:2; 9:11 (AV, "bountifulness," RV marg., "singleness"); 9:13 (AV, "liberal"). See BOUNTY , No. 2.

A — 2: χάρις
(Strong's #5485 — Noun Feminine — charis — khar'-ece )

is rendered "liberality" in 1 Corinthians 16:3 , AV. See BOUNTY , No. 3.

B — 1: ἁπλῶς
(Strong's #574 — Adverb — haplos — hap-loce' )

"liberally, with singleness of heart," is used in James 1:5 of God as the gracious and "liberal" Giver. The word may be taken either (a) in a logical sense, signifying unconditionally, simply, or (b) in a moral sense, generously; for the double meaning compare A, No. 1. On this passage Hort writes as follows: "Later writers comprehend under the one word the whole magnanimous and honorable type of character in which singleness of mind is the central feature."

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Liberal, Liberality, Liberally'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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