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GOODMAN . The only occurrence of this Eng. word in the OT is Proverbs 7:19 ‘the goodman is not at home.’ The Heb. is simply ‘the man’; but as the reference is to the woman’s husband, ‘goodman,’ still used in Scotland for ‘husband,’ was in 1611 an accurate rendering. In the NT the word occurs 12 times (always in the Synop. Gospels) as the trans. of oikodespotçs , ‘master of the house.’ The same Gr. word is translated ‘householder’ in Matthew 13:27 ; Matthew 13:52 ; Matthew 20:1 ; Matthew 21:33 , and ‘master of the house’ in Matthew 10:25 , Luke 13:25 .

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Goodman'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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