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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Hospitality

Dictionaries :: Hospitality

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Torrey's New Topical Textbook

Hospitality: Commanded

Rom 12:13; 1Pe 4:9

Hospitality: Required in Ministers

1Ti 3:2; Tts 1:8

Hospitality: A Test of Christian Character

1Ti 5:10

Hospitality: Specially to Be Shown To


Hbr 13:2

The poor

Isa 58:7; Luk 14:13


2Ki 6:22,23; Rom 12:20

Hospitality: Encouragement To

Luk 14:14; Hbr 13:2

Hospitality: Exemplified


Gen 14:18


Gen 18:3-8


Gen 19:2,3


Gen 24:31


Exd 2:20


Jdg 13:15


1Sa 9:22


2Sa 6:19


2Sa 19:32


2Ki 4:8


Neh 5:17


Job 31:17,32


Luk 19:6


Jhn 4:40


Act 16:15


Act 17:7


Act 21:16

People of Melita

Act 28:2


Act 28:7


3Jo 1:5,6

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g5381 Greek: philoxenia


"love of strangers" (philos, "loving," xenos, "a stranger"), is used in Rom 12:13; Hbr 13:2, lit. "(be not forgetful of) hospitality."

B-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g5382 Greek: philoxenos


"hospitable," occurs in 1Ti 3:2; Tts 1:8; 1Pe 4:9.

Note: For xenodocheo, 1Ti 5:10, see STRANGER, B.

Smith's Bible Dictionary


Hospitality was regarded by most nations of the ancient world as one of the chief virtues. The Jewish laws respecting strangers (Leviticus 19:33-34) and the poor (Leviticus 23:14) seq. Deuteronomy 15:7 And concerning redemption (Leviticus 25:23) seq., etc. are framed in accordance with the spirit of hospitality. In the law compassion to strangers is constantly enforced by the words "for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:34). And before the law, Abraham's entertainment of the angels (Genesis 18:1) seq., and Lot's (Genesis 19:1) are in exact agreement with its precepts, and with modern usage (compare Exodus 2:20; Judges 13:15; 19:17; 19:20-21). In the New Testament hospitality is yet more markedly enjoined; and in the more civilized state of society which then prevailed, its exercise became more a social virtue than a necessity of patriarchal life. The good Samaritan stands for all ages as an example of Christian hospitality. The neglect of Christ is symbolized by inhospitality to our neighbors (Matthew 25:43). The apostles urged the Church to "follow after hospitality," (Romans 12:13) cf (1 Timothy 5:10). To remember Abraham's example (Hebrews 13:2) to "use hospitality one to another without grudging," (1 Peter 4:9) while a bishop must be a "lover of hospitality (Titus 1:8) cf (1 Timothy 3:2). The practice of the early Christians was in accord with these precepts. They had all things in common, and their hospitality was a characteristic of their belief. In the patriarchal ages we may take Abraham's example as the most fitting, as we have of it the fullest account. "The account," says Mr. Lane, "of Abraham's entertaining the three angels related in the Bible, presents a perfect picture of the manner in which a modern Bedawee sheikh receives travelers arriving at his encampment." The Oriental respect for the covenant of bread and salt, or salt alone, certainly sprang from the high regard in which hospitality was held.


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