4908. sunetos
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sunetos: intelligent
Original Word: συνετός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: sunetos
Phonetic Spelling: (soon-et'-os)
Short Definition: intelligent, prudent, wise
Definition: intelligent, prudent, wise, understanding, discerning.

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Cognate: 4908 synetós (an adjective, derived from 4920 /syníēmi, "to understand by synthesizing") – properly, "personal" understanding that results from correlating facts (concepts), i.e. as understanding works in keeping with one's own perspective.

"Personal comprehension" (4908 /synetós) however is only sound when it follows God's word. 4908 /synetós ("understanding") apart from faith ("God's inbirthed persuasions") simply expresses the limitations (biases) of the thinker – which is the usual (negative) connotation of this term in the NT. See: Mt 11:25; Lk 10:21; 1 Cor 1:19. See 4920 (syníēmi).

[The other occasion of 4908 (synetós) in the NT, Ac 13:7, is more neutral. But even here it doesn't reflect the prudence (intelligence) that comes directly from the Holy Spirit.]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from suniémi
NASB Translation
clever (1), intelligence (1), intelligent (2).

STRONGS NT 4908: συνετός

συνετός, συνετή, συνετόν (συνίημι), from Pindar down, the Sept. for חָכָם, נָבון, etc., intelligent, having understanding, wise, learned: Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; Acts 13:7; 1 Corinthians 1:19 (from Isaiah 29:14). (Synonym: see σοφός, at the end.)


From suniemi; mentally put (or putting) together, i.e. Sagacious -- prudent. Compare phronimos.

see GREEK suniemi

see GREEK phronimos

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