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Vainglory

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vān - glō´ri ( κενοδοξία , kenodoxı́a ): "Vainglory" is the translation of kenodoxia , "empty glory" or "pride," nearly akin to vanity in the modern sense ( Philippians 2:3 ). Kenódoxos is "vainglorious" (Galatians 5:26 , "Let us not be desirous of vainglory," the Revised Version (British and American) "Let us not become vainglorious"). In 1 John 2:16 the Revised Version (British and American) has "the vainglory of life" ( alazoneı́a toú bı́ou ) for "the pride of life"; compare James 4:16 , "Ye glory in your vauntings" (alazoneia ). Kenodoxia is translated "vainglory" (The Wisdom of Solomon 14:14, "For by the vain glory of men they (idols) entered into the world," the Revised Version (British and American) "vaingloriousless"); alazoneia occurs in The Wisdom of Solomon 5:8, translated "vaunting." "Pride is applicable to every object, good or bad, high or low, small or great; vanity is applicable only to small objects; pride is therefore good or bad; vanity is always bad; it is always emptiness or nothingness" (Crabb, English Synonymes ).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Vainglory'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/v/vainglory.html. 1915.

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