19. agathosune
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agathosune: goodness
Original Word: ἀγαθωσύνη, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: agathosune
Phonetic Spelling: (ag-ath-o-soo'-nay)
Short Definition: goodness
Definition: intrinsic goodness, especially as a personal quality, with stress on the kindly (rather than the righteous) side of goodness.

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Cognate: 19 agathōsýnē (from 18 /agathós, "inherently good," see there) – properly, intrinsic goodness (especially as a unique quality and condition, note the -synē suffix); as relating to believers, the goodness that comes from God (Souter) and showing itself in spiritual, moral excellence (virtue).

19 (agathōsynē) occurs four times in the NT, and is apparently strictly a biblical term, i.e. it does not seem to appear at all in secular Greek/the papyri (see N. Turner, Christian Words, 89). See 18 (agathos).

STRONGS NT 19: ἀγαθωσύνη

ἀγαθωσύνη, (ης, (on its formation see Winers Grammar, 95 (90); WHs Appendix, p. 152), found only in Biblical and ecclesiastical writings, uprightness of heart and life (A. V. goodness): 2 Thessalonians 1:11; Galatians 5:22 (unless here it denote kindness, beneficence); Romans 15:14; Ephesians 5:9. (Cf. Trench, § lxiii.; Ellicott and Lightfoot on Galatians, the passage cited.)


From agathos; goodness, i.e. Virtue or beneficence -- goodness.

see GREEK agathos

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