1169. deilos
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deilos: cowardly, fearful
Original Word: δειλός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: deilos
Phonetic Spelling: (di-los')
Short Definition: cowardly, timid
Definition: cowardly, timid, fearful.

HELPS word-Studies

1169 deilós (an adjective derived from deidō, "fear-driven") – properly, dreadful, describing a person who loses their "moral gumption (fortitude)" that is needed to follow the Lord.

1169 /deilós ("fearful of losses") refers to an excessive fear (dread) of "losing," causing someone to be fainthearted (cowardly) – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.

[1169 /deilós is always used negatively in the NT and stands in contrast to the positive fear which can be expressed by 5401 /phóbos ("fear," see Phil 2:12).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from deos
cowardly, fearful
NASB Translation
afraid (2), cowardly (1).

STRONGS NT 1169: δειλός

δειλός, δείλη, δειλόν (δείδω to fear), timid, fearful: Matthew 8:28; Mark 4:40; in Revelation 21:8 of Christians who through cowardice give way under persecutions and apostatize. (From Homer down.)


From deos (dread); timid, i.e. (by implication) faithless -- fearful.

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