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sim-plis'-i-ti (pethayyuth; haplotes): The words in the Old Testament commonly translated "simplicity" are pethi, "simple" (Pr 1:22), pethayyuth, "simplicity" (9:13 margin), tom, "completeness," "integrity" (2Sa 15:11), "They went in their simplicity." In the New Testament, haplotes, "singleness of mind," "simplicity," occurs in Ro 12:8, "He that giveth let him do it with simplicity," the Revised Version (British and American) "liberality," margin "Greek: ‘singleness'";2Co 1:12, "in simplicit and godly sincerity," the Revised Version (British and American) (with corrected text) "in holiness and sincerity of God"; 2Co 11:3, "the simplicity that is in Christ," the Revised Version (British and American) (with corrected text) "the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ"; compare Eph 6:5; Col 3:22, where the translation is "singleness" In The Wisdom of Solomon 1:1 we have, "Think ye of the Lord with a good mind (the King James Version "heart"), and in singleness (the King James Version "simplicity") of heart seek ye him" (haplotes). our Lord also speaks (Mt 6:22; Lu 11:34) of the "single eye" (haplous), and James (1:5) applies haplos, "simply," "directly," without after-thought (the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) "liberally") to God, who had been described by Plato (Rep. ii.382 E) as being perfectly simple (haplous) and true, both in word and deed. In such "simplicity"-openness, sincerity, freedom from double-mindedness-man most resembles God and is most open to His visitation and blessing.

Written by W. L. Walker

Torrey's New Topical Textbook

Simplicity: Is Opposed to Fleshly Wisdom

2Cr 1:12

Simplicity: Necessity For

Mat 18:2,3

Simplicity: Should Be Exhibited

In preaching the gospel

1Th 2:3-7

In acts of benevolence

Rom 12:8

In all our conduct

2Cr 1:12

Concerning our own wisdom

1Cr 3:18

Concerning evil

Rom 16:19

Concerning malice

1Cr 14:20

Simplicity: Exhortation To

Rom 16:19; 1Pe 2:2

Simplicity: They Who Have the Grace Of

Are made wise by God

Mat 11:25

Are made wise by the word of God

Psa 19:7; 119:130

Are preserved by God

Psa 116:6

Made circumspect by instruction

Pro 1:4

Profit by the correction of others

Pro 19:25; 21:11

Simplicity: Beware of being corrupted from that, which is in Christ

2Cr 11:3

Simplicity: Illustrated

Mat 6:22

Simplicity: Exemplified


Psa 131:1,2


Jer 1:6

The Christians

Act 2:46; 4:32


2Cr 1:12

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words




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