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χαριτόω (from χάρις, 'grace') is translated 'made accepted' in the A.V. in Ephesians 1:6 ; "made accepted in the beloved," where the sense is, 'taken into favour,' or 'made objects of grace.' It has been said that "accepted is too formal a doctrine here." The only other occurrence of χαριτόω is in Luke 1:28 , where the angel declared Mary to be the 'highly favoured' one, or, as in the margin, 'graciously accepted, or much graced.'

εὐάρεστος (lit. 'well-pleasing,' from εὖ, 'well,' and ἀρέσκω, 'to please') signifies 'acceptable' to God, Romans 14:18 ; 'agreeable' to the Lord, Ephesians 5:10 ; 'well-pleasing' to Him, Colossians 3:20 . These passages show that the translation "we may be accepted of him," in 2 Corinthians 5:9 , is incorrect: it should be "agreeable to him."

χαριτόω implies that God has brought the believer into favour. εὐάρεστος in the passages quoted, applies to that which is acceptable, or well-pleasing, to God: cf. Romans 12:1,2 ; Romans 14:18 ; Hebrews 13:21 , as of conduct, etc.

δεκτός (lit. 'acceptable,' from δέχομαι, 'to accept') is another word rendered both 'accepted' and 'acceptable' in the A.V. It is associated with εὐάρεστος in Philippians 4:18 , where they are translated "acceptable (δε.), well-pleasing (εὐ.) to God." It has nearly the same force as εὐάρεστος, and should be rendered 'acceptable' in Luke 4:24 ; Acts 10:35 ; and 2 Corinthians 6:2 .


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Morrish, George. Entry for '18 Accepted Acceptable '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/mbd/1/18-accepted-acceptable.html. 1897.

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