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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

Strong's #2887 - κόσμιος

from (G2889) (in its primary sense)
Parts of Speech
  1. well arranged, seemly, modest
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 8626 ‑ תָּקַן (taw‑kan');  
Frequency Lists  
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KJV (2)
1 Timothy
NAS (2)
1 Timothy
HCS (2)
1 Timothy
BSB (2)
1 Timothy
ESV (2)
1 Timothy
WEB (2)
1 Timothy
Verse Results
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

κόσμ-ιος, α, ον,

(-ος, ον, Gal. 16.606, Sor. 1.3),


1. well-ordered, regular, moderate, δαπάνη Pl. R. 56o d; οἴκησις Id. Criti. 112 c; κόσμιόν ἐστι, c. inf., is a regular practice, Ar. Pl. 565.

2. of persons, orderly, well-behaved, δίκαιοι καὶ σοφοὶ καὶ κ. ib. 89; κ. καὶ σώφρων Lys. 21.19; κ. καὶ εὔκολοι Pl. R. 329 d; κ. καὶ φρόνιμος ψυχή Id. Phd. 108 a; χρηστὸς εἶ καὶ κ. Nicopho 16; ἥτις ἐστὶ κοσμία γυνή Anaxandr. 56, cf. Arist. Pol. 1277b23; κ. ἐν διαίτῃ Pl. R. 408 b; πρὸς τοὺς θεούς Id. Smp. 193 a; οἱ κοσμιώτατοι φύσει Id. R. 564 e; of a patient, quiet, Hp. Acut. 65: freq. in Oratt., of honest, orderly citizens, Lys. 26.3, etc.; τοὺς πολίτας -ιωτέρους ποιεῖν Isoc. 20.18; modest, ὁμιλία X. Mem. 3.11.14 (Sup.); τὸ κ. decency, order, S. El. 872, Pl. Lg. 802 e. Adv. κοσμίως regularly, decently, Ar. Pl. 709, 978, al.; κ. ἔχειν Pl. Phd. 68 c; κ. ἥκομεν as befits us, Id. Sph. 216 a; κ. βιοῦν Lys. 3.6: Comp. - ιώτερον, βεβιωκέναι Isoc. 15.162: Sup. - ώτατα, τὰς συμφορὰς φέρειν Lys. 3.4.

II Subst. κόσμιος, ὁ, (κόσμος IV) = cross κοσμοπολίτης, Plu. 2.600 f, Arr. Epict. 1.9.1.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κόσμιος , -ον

(in cl. -α , -ον ),

(< κόσμος ),

[in LXX: Ecclesiastes 12:9 (H8626)*;]

orderly, decent, modest: 1 Timothy 2:9 (WH, mg., -ίως , q.v.) 1 Timothy 3:2.†

* κοσμίως ,


(< κόσμος ),

decently, fittingly: 1 Timothy 2:9 (WH, mg.).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

κόσμιος, ";orderly,"; ";virtuous,"; which in the NT is confined to 1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:2, is common as an epithet of honour in the inscrr., e.g., Magn 165.6 διὰ τὴν τοῦ ἤθους κόσμιον (for form see Blass Gr., p. 33) ἀναστροφήν, ib. 179.4 (ii/A.D.) διὰ. . τὴν ἰς τὴν πόλιν αὐτοῦ κόσμιον ἀναστροφήν, and OGIS 485.3 (Roman) ἄνδρα. . . ἤθει καὶ ἀγωγῇ κόσμιον. Sharp (p. 52) quotes Epict. Ench. 40 κόσμιαι. . καὶ αἰδήμονες of women, as in 1 Timothy 2:9 : cf. also the late PSI I. 97.1 (vi/A.D.) τὴν ἐμὴν κοσμ (ίαν) [γυναῖκα. For the subst. κοσμιότης, see Syll 371.11 (time of Nero), where a physician is praised ἐπὶ. . τῇ κοσμιότητι τῶν ἠθῶν, and an honorific inscr. BCH xi. (1887), p. 348 διά τε τὴν ἰδίαν αὺτοῦ κοσμιότητα καὶ διὰ τὰς τῶν προγόνων εὐεργεσία [ς. κοσμίως.

This adverb, which is read in 1 Timothy 2:9 אc D2* G (WH marg.), occurs, like the adj. κόσμιος (q.v.), as a, descriptive epithet in the inscrr., e.g. Cagnat IV. 255.9 ἄνδρα. . . ἐζηκότα τε καλῶς καὶ κοσμίως, πάσης ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν, ib. 785.14 (early iii/A.D.) (= C. and B. ii. p. 466) ἄνδρα. . . στρατηγήσαντα γ ̄ ἁγνῶς, ἀγωνοθετήσαντα φιλοτείμως, εἰρηναρχήσαντα κοσμίως, and Magn 162.6 ζήσαντα σωφρόνως καὶ κοσμίως (cf. 1 Timothy 3:2). See also Vett. Val. p. 355.30 διὰ τῆς ἰδίας ἐγκρατείας ἀκηρύκτως καὶ κοσμίως τὸ τέλος τοῦ βίου ὑποίσει.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
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κοσμιον κόσμιον κοσμιω κοσμίω κοσμίῳ kosmio kosmiō kosmíoi kosmíōi kosmion kósmion
Old / New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary developed by Jeff Garrison for Copyright 1999-2021. All Rights Reserved, Jeff Garrison, Gdansk, Poland.
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