Accept, Accepted, Acceptable - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Accept, Accepted, Acceptable

[ A-1,Verb,G1209, dechomai ]
signifies to accept," by a deliberate and ready reception of what is offered (cp. No. 4), e.g., 1 Thessalonians 2:13, RV, "accepted;" 2 Corinthians 8:17; 2 Corinthians 11:4. See RECEIVE, TAKE.

[ A-2,Verb,G588, apodechomai ]
consisting of apo, "from," intensive, and No. 1, expresses dechomai more strongly, signifying "to receive heartily, to welcome," Luke 8:40 (RV, "welcomed," AV, "gladly received"); Acts 2:41; Acts 18:27; Acts 24:3; Acts 28:30. See RECEIVE, WELCOME.

[ A-3,Verb,G4327, prosdechomai ]
pros, "to," and No. 1, "to accept favorably, or receive to oneself," is used of things future, in the sense of expecting; with the meaning of "accepting," it is used negatively in Hebrews 11:35, "not accepting their deliverance;" of receiving, e.g., Luke 15:2; Romans 16:2; Philippians 2:29. See ALLOW, LOOK (for), RECEIVE, TAKE, WAIT.

[ A-4,Verb,G2983, lambano ]
almost synonymous with dechomai, is distinct from it, in that it sometimes means "to receive as merely a self-prompted action," without necessarily signifying a favorable reception, Galatians 2:6. See ATTAIN, CALL, CATCH, HAVE, HOLD, OBTAIN, RECEIVE, TAKE.

Note: The verb charitoo, "to make acceptable," is translated "made accepted," in Ephesians 1:6, AV; RV, "freely bestowed."

*The following adjectives are translated "acceptable," or in some cases "accepted." The R.V. more frequently adopts the former rendering.

[ B-1,Adjective,G1184, dektos ]
akin to No. 1, denotes "a person or thing who has been regarded favorably," Luke 4:19, Luke 4:24; Acts 10:35; 2 Corinthians 6:2 (in this verse No. 3 is used in the second place); Philippians 4:18.

[ B-2,Adjective,G587, apodektos ]
a strengthened form of No. 1 (apo, "from," used intensively), signifies "acceptable," in the sense of what is pleasing and welcome, 1 Timothy 2:3; 1 Timothy 5:4.

[ B-3,Adjective,G2144, euprosdektos ]
a still stronger form of No. 1, signifies a "very favorable acceptance" (eu, "well," pros, "towards," No. 1), Romans 15:16, Romans 15:31; 2 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 1 Peter 2:5.

[ B-4,Adjective,G2101, euarestos ]
eu, "well," arestos, "pleasing," is rendered "acceptable," in the AV of Romans 12:1-Romans 12:2; Romans 14:18; in 2 Corinthians 5:9, "accepted;" Ephesians 5:10. The RV usually has "well-pleasing;" so AV and RV in Philippians 4:18; Colossians 3:20; in Titus 2:9, "please well," AV; Hebrews 13:21. See PLEASING.

[ C-1,Adverb,G2102, euarestos ]
corresponding to B, No. 4, is used in Hebrews 12:28, "so as to please." See PLEASE.

[ D-1,Noun,G594, apodoche ]
akin to B, No. 2, signifies "worthy to be received with approbation, acceptation," 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Timothy 4:9. The phrase in 1 Timothy 1:15 is found in a writing in the 1st century expressing appreciation of a gift from a princess.

[ D-2,Noun,G5485, charis ]
"grace," indicating favor on the part of the giver, "thanks" on the part of the receiver, is rendered "acceptable" in 1 Peter 2:19-20. See margin. See BENEFIT, FAVOR, GRACE, LIBERALITY, PLEASURE, THANK.

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