Guile - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G1388, dolos ]
a bait, snare, deceit," is rendered "guile" in John 1:47, negatively of Nathanael; Acts 13:10, RV, AV, "subtlety" (of Bar-Jesus); 2 Corinthians 12:16, in a charge made against Paul by his detractors, of catching the Corinthian converts by "guile" (the Apostle is apparently quoting the language of his critics); 1 Thessalonians 2:3, negatively, of the teaching of the Apostle and his fellow missionaries; 1 Peter 2:1, of that from which Christians are to be free; 1 Peter 2:22, of the guileless speech of Christ (cp. GUILELESS, No. 2); 1 Peter 3:10, of the necessity that the speech of Christians should be guileless. See also Matthew 26:4; Mark 7:22; Mark 14:1. See CRAFT, DECEIT, SUBTLETY.

Note: In Revelation 14:5, some mss. have dolos; the most authentic have pseudos, a "lie."

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words