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Dictionaries :: Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Verb Strong's Number: g700 Greek: aresko

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:


(a) "to be pleasing to, be acceptable to," Mat 14:6; Mar 6:22; Act 6:5; Rom 8:8; 15:2; 1Cr 7:32-34; Gal 1:10; 1Th 2:15; 4:1 (where the preceding kai, "and," is epexegetical, "even," explaining the "walking," i.e., Christian manner of life, as "pleasing" God; in Gen 5:22, where the Hebrew has "Enoch walked with God," the Sept. has "Enoch pleased God;" cp. Mic 6:8; Hbr 11:5); 2Ti 2:4;

(b) "to endeavor to please," and so, "to render service," doing so evilly in one's own interests, Rom 15:1, which Christ did not, Rom 15:3; or unselfishly, 1Cr 10:33; 1Th 2:4. This sense of the word is illustrated by Moulton and Milligan (Vocab.) from numerous Inscriptions, especially describing "those who have proved themselves of use to the commonwealth."

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g2100 Greek: euaresteo

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

signifies "to be well-pleasing" (eu, "well," and a form akin to No. 1); in the Active Voice, Hbr 11:5, RV, "he had been "well-pleasing" (unto God)," AV, "he pleased;" so Hbr 11:6; in the Passive Voice, Hbr 13:16.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g2106 Greek: eudokeo

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:


(a) "to be well pleased, to think it good" [eu, "well," and dokeo, see Note (1) below], not merely an understanding of what is right and good as in dokeo, but stressing the willingness and freedom of an intention or resolve regarding what is good, e.g., Luk 12:32, "it is (your Father's) good pleasure;" so Rom 15:26, 27, RV; 1Cr 1:21; Gal 1:15; Col 1:19; 1Th 2:8, RV, "we were well pleased" (AV, "we were willing"); this meaning is frequently found in the papyri in legal documents;

(b) "to be well pleased with," or "take pleasure in," e.g., Mat 3:17; 12:18; 17:5; 1Cr 10:5; 2Cr 12:10; 2Th 2:12; Hbr 10:6, 8, 38; 2Pe 1:17.

A-4 Verb Strong's Number: g2309 Greek: thelo

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

"to will, wish, desire," is translated "it pleased (Him)" in 1Cr 12:18; 15:38, RV.
See DESIRE, B, No. 6.

A-5 Verb Strong's Number: g4684 Greek: spatalao

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

"to live riotously," is translated "giveth herself to pleasure" in 1Ti 5:6, RV (AV, "liveth in pleasure"); "taken your pleasure" in Jam 5:5, AV, "been wanton."


(1) In Act 15:22, AV, dokeo, "to seem good to" (RV), is translated "it pleased" (in some mss., ver. 34); in Hbr 12:10, AV, "(after their own) pleasure," RV, "(as) seemed good (to them)."

(2) For suneudokeo, rendered "have pleasure in" in Rom 1:32, AV, see CONSENT, No. 6.

(3) For truphao, rendered "lived in pleasure" in Jam 5:5 AV, see DELICATELY.

B-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g701 Greek: arestos

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

denotes "pleasing, agreeable," Jhn 8:29, RV, "(the things that are) pleasing," AV, "(those things that) please;" AV and RV in 1Jo 3:22; in Act 6:2, "fit" (RV marg., "pleasing"); Act 12:3, "it pleased," lit., "it was pleasing."
See FIT.

B-2 Adjective Strong's Number: g2101 Greek: euarestos

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

eu, "well," and No. 1, is translated "well-pleasing" in the RV except in Rom 12:1, 2 (see marg., however).
See ACCEPT, B, No. 4.

C-1 Noun Strong's Number: g699 Greek: areskeia

Please, Pleasing (Noun), Well-Pleasing, Pleasure:

a "pleasing," a giving pleasure, Col 1:10, of the purpose Godward of a walk worthy of the Lord (cp. 1Th 4:1). It was used frequently in a bad sense in classical writers. Moulton and Milligan illustrate from the papyri its use in a favorable sense, and Deissmann (Bible Studies) from an inscription. In the Sept., Pro 31:30.


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