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Honest; Honesty

HONEST; HONESTY

on'-est, on'-es-ti:

The word "honest" in the New Testament in the King James Version generally represents the adjective kalos, "good," "excellent," "honorable," and, with the exception of Luke 8:15, "honest and good heart," is changed in the Revised Version (British and American) into the more correct "honorable" (Romans 12:17; 2 Corinthians 8:21; 13:7; Philippians 4:8); in 1 Peter 2:12, into "seemly.' In the American Standard Revised Version "honestly" in Hebrews 13:18 is rendered "honorably," and in 1 Thessalonians 4:12 (here euschemonos) is rendered "becomingly." The noun "honesty" occurs but once in the King James Version as the translation of semnotes (1 Timothy 2:2), and in the Revised Version (British and American) is more appropriately rendered "gravity."

James Orr


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'HONEST; HONESTY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.