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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2317 - θεοσέβεια
- reverence towards God's goodness
service or fear of God, religiousness, X. An. 2.6.26, Pl. Epin. 985c, 990a, Plu. in Hes. 46, Iamb. Protr. 20.
θεοσέβεια , -ας , ἡ
(< θεοσεβής ),
fear of God, godliness: 1 Timothy 2:10.†
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This word, which is found in the NT only in 1 Timothy 2:10, where it is practically equivalent to εὐσέβεια (ver. 2), came early to be used as a quasi-technical term for the worship of the only true God, and hence was adopted as an ecclesiastical title in Christian circles, e.g. P Amh II. 145.5 (iv/v A.D.) where Apa Johannes writes to Paul—βούλο ]μαι μὲν καταξιωθῆναι ἀεὶ γράφειν [τῇ σῇ ] θεοσεβείᾳ κτλ., ";though I wish to be found worthy of writing continually to your holiness,"; etc. (Edd.), P Meyer 24.3 (vi/A.D.) καταξιώσῃ οὖν ἡ σὴ θεοσέβεια εὔξασθαι ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ, and P Giss I. 55.8 (vi/A.D.) with reference to a Bishop, etc. : see also Ramsay Luke, p. 384.
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