Better - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G2909, kreisson ]
from kratos, strong" (which denotes power in activity and effect), serves as the comparative degree of agathos, "good" (good or fair, intrinsically). Kreisson is especially characteristic of the Epistle to the Hebrews, where it is used 12 times; it indicates what is
(a) advantageous or useful, 1 Corinthians 7:9, 1 Corinthians 7:38; 1 Corinthians 11:17; Hebrews 11:40; Hebrews 12:24; 2 Peter 2:21; Philippians 1:23, where it is coupled with mallon, "more," and pollo, "much, by far," "very far better" (RV);
(b) excellent, Hebrews 1:4; Hebrews 6:9; Hebrews 7:7, Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 8:6; Hebrews 9:23; Hebrews 10:34; Hebrews 11:16, Hebrews 11:35.

[ 2,,G2570 G3123,kalon ... mallon ] the neuter of kalos, with mallon, "more," is used in Mark 9:42, "it were better (lit., 'much better') for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck." In verses Mark 9:43, Mark 9:45, Mark 9:47, kalos is used alone (RV, "good," for AV, "better").

Note: In Luke 5:39 the most authentic texts have chrestos, "good," instead of the comparative, chrestoteros, "better."

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words