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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Sincere, Sincerely, Sincerity

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A — 1: ἄδολος

(Strong's #97 — Adjective — adolos — ad'-ol-os )

"guileless, pure," is translated "sincere" in 1 Peter 2:2 , AV, "without guile," RV. See GUILELESS , No. 1.

A — 2: γνήσιος

(Strong's #1103 — Adjective — gnesios — gnay'-see-os )

"true, genuine, sincere," is used in the neuter, as a noun, with the article, signifying "sincerity," 2 Corinthians 8:8 (of love). See OWN , TRUE.

A — 3: εἰλικρινής

(Strong's #1506 — Adjective — eilikrines — i-lik-ree-nace' )

see PURE , A, No. 3.

B — 1: ἁγνῶς

(Strong's #55 — Adverb — hagnos — hag-noce' )

denotes "with pure motives," akin to words under PURE, A, No. 1, and B, Nos. 1 and 2, and is rendered "sincerely" in Philippians 1:17 , RV (ver. 16, AV).

C — 1: εἰλικρινεία

(Strong's #1505 — Noun Feminine — eilikrinia — i-lik-ree'-ni-ah )

akin to A, No. 3 denotes "sincerity, purity;" it is described metaphorically in 1 Corinthians 5:8 as "unleavened (bread);" in 2 Corinthians 1:12 , "sincerity (of God)," RV, AV, "(godly) sincerity," it describes a quality possessed by God, as that which is to characterize the conduct of believers; in 2 Corinthians 2:17 it is used of the rightful ministry of the Scriptures.

Notes: (1) For 2 Corinthians 8:8 , see A, No. 2. (2) In Ephesians 6:24 , AV, aphtharsia, "incorruption," is translated "sincerity" (RV, "uncorruptness," AV marg., "incorruption"); some inferior mss. have it in Titus 2:7 , AV; the RV follows those in which it is absent.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Sincere, Sincerely, Sincerity'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/s/sincere-sincerely-sincerity.html. 1940.

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