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Dictionaries :: Glory, Glorious

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1391 Greek: doxa

Glory, Glorious:

"glory" (from dokeo, "to seem"), primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion. It is used


(a) of the nature and acts of God in self-manifestation, i.e., what He essentially is and does, as exhibited in whatever way he reveals Himself in these respects, and particularly in the person of Christ, in whom essentially His "glory" has ever shone forth and ever will do, Jhn 17:5, 24; Hbr 1:3; it was exhibited in the character and acts of Christ in the days of His flesh, Jhn 1:14; Jhn 2:11; at Cana both His grace and His power were manifested, and these constituted His "glory;" so also in the resurrection of Lazarus, Jhn 11:4, 40; the "glory" of God was exhibited in the resurrection of Christ, Rom 6:4, and in His ascension and exaltation, 1Pe 1:21, likewise on the Mount of Transfiguration, 2Pe 1:17. In Rom 1:23 His "everlasting power and Divinity" are spoken of as His "glory," i.e., His attributes and power as revealed through creation; in Rom 3:23 the word denotes the manifested perfection of His character, especially His righteousness, of which all men fall short; in Col 1:11 "the might of His glory" signifies the might which is characteristic of His "glory;" in Eph 1:6, 12, 14, "the praise of the glory of His grace" and "the praise of His glory" signify the due acknowledgement of the exhibition of His attributes and ways; in Eph 1:17, "the Father of glory" describes Him as the source from whom all Divine splendor and perfection proceed in their manifestation, and to whom they belong;

(b) of the character and ways of God as exhibited through Christ to and through believers, 2Cr 3:18; 4:6;

(c) of the state of blessedness into which believers are to enter hereafter through being brought into the likeness of Christ, e.g., Rom 8:18, 21; Phl 3:21 (RV, "the body of His glory"); 1Pe 5:1, 10; Rev 21:11;

(d) brightness or splendor,

(1) supernatural, emanating from God (as in the Shekinah "glory," in the pillar of cloud and in the Holy of Holies, e.g., Exd 16:10; 25:22), Luk 2:9; Act 22:11; Rom 9:4; 2Cr 3:7; Jam 2:1; in Tts 2:13 it is used of Christ's return "the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ" (RV); cp. Phl 3:21, above;

(2) natural, as of the heavenly bodies, 1Cr 15:40, 41;

(II) of good reputation, praise, honor, Luk 14:10 (RV, "glory," for AV, "worship"); Jhn 5:41 (RV, "glory," for AV, "honor"); Jhn 7:18; 8:50; 12:43 (RV, "glory," for AV, "praise"); 2Cr 6:8 (RV, "glory," for AV "honor"); Phl 3:19; Hbr 3:3; in 1Cr 11:7, of man as representing the authority of God, and of woman as rendering conspicuous the authority of man; in 1Th 2:6, "glory" probably stands, by metonymy, for material gifts, an honorarium, since in human estimation "glory" is usually expressed in things material.

The word is used in ascriptions of praise to God, e.g., Luk 17:18; Jhn 9:24, RV, "glory" (AV, "praise"); Act 12:23; as in doxologies (lit., "glory-words"), e.g., Luk 2:14; Rom 11:36; 16:27; Gal 1:5; Rev 1:6.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g2811 Greek: kleos

Glory, Glorious:

"good report, fame, renown," is used in 1Pe 2:20. The word is derived from a root signifying "hearing;" hence, the meaning "reputation."

Note: In 2Cr 3:11 the phrase dia doxes, "through (i.e., by means of) glory," is rendered "with glory" in the RV (AV, "glorious"); in the same verse en doxe, "in glory" (RV), i.e., "accompanied by glory," is rendered "glorious" in the AV. The first is said of the ministration of the Law, the second of that of the Gospel.

B-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g1741 Greek: endoxos

Glory, Glorious:


(a) "held in honor" (en, "in," doxa, "honor"), "of high repute," 1Cr 4:10, RV, "have glory" (AV, "are honorable");

(b) "splendid, glorious," said of apparel, Luk 7:25, "gorgeously;" of the works of Christ, 13:17; of the Church, Eph 5:27.


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