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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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A — 1: πρέπω
(Strong's #4241 — Verb — prepo — prep'-o )

"to be conspicuous among a number, to be eminent, distinguished by a thing," hence, "to be becoming seemly, fit." The adornment of good works "becometh women professing godliness," 1 Timothy 2:10 . Those who minister the truth are to speak "the things which befit the sound doctrine," Titus 2:1 . Christ, as a High Priest "became us," Hebrews 7:26 . In the impersonal sense, it signifies "it is fitting, it becometh," Matthew 3:15 ; 1 Corinthians 11:13 ; Ephesians 5:3 ; Hebrews 2:10 . See BEFIT , COMELY.

B — 1: ἱεροπρεπής
(Strong's #2412 — Adjective — hieroprepes — hee-er-op-rep-ace' )

from hieros, "sacred," with the adjectival form of prepo, denotes "suited to a sacred character, that which is befitting in persons, actions or things consecrated to God," Titus 2:3 , RV, "reverent," AV, "as becometh holiness," (marg., "holy women"). Trench (Syn. xcii) distinguishes this word from kosmios, "modest," and semnos, "grave, honorable."

Notes: (1) The AV translates the adverb axios, "as becometh," in Romans 16:2 ; Philippians 1:27 (RV corrects to "worthily" and "worthy").

(2) Ginomai, "to become," is mentioned under various other headings.

(3) For "become of no effect," Galatians 5:4 , AV, RV, "severed from," see ABOLISH.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Become'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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