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spech ('imrah, dabhar, etc.; logos): "Speech," the articulate utterance of thought, is the tranlation of various Hebrew terms which convey this idea of "saying" or "word"; so, in the New Testament, the term generally so rendered is logos, "word." See LOGOS; WORD. Eulogia in Ro 16:18 is "fair speech"; lalia in Mt 26:73; Mr 14:70 the King James Version; Joh 8:43 is simply "talk." the Revised Version (British and American) has "speech" for various other words in the King James Version, as "matters" (1Sa 16:18, margin "bussiness"), "communication" (Mt 5:37; Eph 4:29), "words" (Lu 20:20; 1Co 14:9); "persuasiveness of speech" for "enticing words" (Col 2:4), etc.

Written by W. L. Walker

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3056 Greek: logos


akin to lego (SPEAK, No. 1), most frequently rendered "word" (for an analysis see WORD), signifies "speech," as follows:

(a) "discourse," e.g., Luk 20:20, RV, "speech" (AV, "words"); Act 14:12 (see SPEAKER); 20:7; 1Cr 2:1, 4; 4:19, AV (RV, "word"); 2Cr 10:10;

(b) "the faculty of speech," e.g., 2Cr 11:6;

(c) "the manner of speech," e.g., Mat 5:37, RV, "speech" (AV, "communication"); Col 4:6;

(d) "manner of instruction," Tts 2:8; 1Cr 14:9, RV (AV, "words"); Eph 4:29, RV (AV, "communication").

2 Strong's Number: g2981 Greek: lalia


akin to laleo (SPEAK, No. 2), denotes "talk, speech,"

(a) of "a dialect," Mat 26:73; Mar 14:70;

(b) "utterances," Jhn 4:42, RV, "speaking" (AV, "saying"); Jhn 8:43.

3 Strong's Number: g2129 Greek: eulogia


has the meaning "fair speaking, flattering speech" in Rom 16:18, RV, "fair speech" (AV, "fair speeches").
See BLESSING, C, No. 1.

4 Strong's Number: g5542 Greek: chrestologia


which has a similar meaning to No. 3, occurs with it in Rom 16:18 [RV, "smooth... (speech)"].
See SMOOTH, Note.


(1) For "persuasiveness of speech," Col 2:4, RV, see PERSUASIVE, B.

(2) In Act 14:11 "the speech of Lycaonia" translates the adverb Lukaonisti. Lycaonia was a large country in the center and south of the plateau of Asia Minor; the villages retained the native language, but cities like Lystra probably had a Seleucid tone in their laws and customs (Ramsay on Galatians).


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