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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Virtue

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1: ἀρετή

(Strong's #703 — Noun Feminine — arete — ar-et'-ay )

properly denotes whatever procures preeminent estimation for a person or thing; hence, "intrinsic eminence, moral goodness, virtue," (a) of God, 1 Peter 2:9 , "excellencies" (AV, "praises"); here the original and general sense seems to be blended with the impression made on others, i.e., renown, excellence or praise (Hort); in 2 Peter 1:3 , "(by His own glory and) virtue," RV (instrumental dative), i.e., the manifestation of His Divine power; this significance is frequently illustrated in the papyri and was evidently common in current Greek speech; (b) of any particular moral excellence, Philippians 4:8; 2 Peter 1:5 (twice), where virtue is enjoined as an essential quality in the excercise of faith, RV, "(in your faith supply) virtue."

Note: In the AV of Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46 , dunamis, "power" (RV), is rendered "virtue."

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Virtue'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/v/virtue.html. 1940.

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