175. THE SYNONYMOUS WORDS
- alethes = true (*1) (as contrasted with what is false).
Hence, used of God (John 3:33) in that He cannot lie (see also John 5:31;
8:13). The opposite of a lie. Gr. apseudes. Tit.
1:2. Cp. John 4:18.
- alethinos = very (*1). Fr. veritable:
i.e. genuine, real, substantial, as contrasted with that which is fictitious,
unreal, shadowy, or symbolical. Hence, alethinos is that which
has truth for its base and is all that it claims to be (John 6:32;
15:1). See 1Thess. 1:9. Heb. 8:2; 9:24.
- gnesios = legitimate. Spoken of children.
Occ. only in Phil. 4:3. 1Tim. 1:2 Tit. 1:4. With Art.
= sincerity (2Cor. 8:8). The Adverb gnesios = naturally, occ.
only in Phil. 2:20.
- pistos = faithful. A verbal Adj., from peitho
= to persuade, and Pass. to be persuaded and convinced. Hence, believing,
faithful, trustworthy. Transl. "true" in 2Cor. 1:18. 1Tim.
3:1 See Ap. 150. III.
(*1) See notes on the Structure of the Gospel of John.
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