Become (to be fitting) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Become (to be fitting)

[ A-1,Verb,G4241, prepo ]
to be conspicuous among a number, to be eminent, distinguished by a thing," hence, "to be becoming seemly, fit." The adornment of good works "becometh women professing godliness," 1 Timothy 2:10. Those who minister the truth are to speak "the things which befit the sound doctrine," Titus 2:1. Christ, as a High Priest "became us," Hebrews 7:26. In the impersonal sense, it signifies "it is fitting, it becometh," Matthew 3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:13; Ephesians 5:3; Hebrews 2:10. See BEFIT, COMELY.

[ B-1,Adjective,G2412, hieroprepes ]
from hieros, "sacred," with the adjectival form of prepo, denotes "suited to a sacred character, that which is befitting in persons, actions or things consecrated to God," Titus 2:3, RV, "reverent," AV, "as becometh holiness," (marg., "holy women"). Trench (Syn. xcii) distinguishes this word from kosmios, "modest," and semnos, "grave, honorable."


(1) The AV translates the adverb axios, "as becometh," in Romans 16:2; Philippians 1:27 (RV corrects to "worthily" and "worthy").

(2) Ginomai, "to become," is mentioned under various other headings.

(3) For "become of no effect," Galatians 5:4, AV, RV, "severed from," See ABOLISH.

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