Behave, Behavior - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Behave, Behavior

[ A-1,Verb,G390, anastrepho ]
to turn back, return" (ana, "back," strepho, "to turn"), hence, "to move about in a place, to sojourn," and, in the Middle and Passive Voices, "to conduct oneself," indicating one's manner of life and character, is accordingly rendered "behave" in 1 Timothy 3:15, lit., "how it is necessary to behave," not referring merely to Timothy himself, but to all the members of the local church (See the whole epistle); in Ephesians 2:3, AV, "we had our conversation," RV, "we lived;" in 2 Corinthians 1:12 "behaved ourselves," for AV "have had our conversation." See ABIDE, etc.

[ A-2,Verb,G1096, ginomai ]
"to become," is rendered "behave" in 1 Thessalonians 2:10; lit., "we became among you" (cp. 1 Thessalonians 1:5).

[ A-3,Verb,G812, atakteo ]
lit., "to be disorderly" (a, negative, and taxis, "order"), "to lead a disorderly life," is rendered "behave disorderly" in 2 Thessalonians 3:7. Cp. ataktos, "disorderly, unruly," and ataktos, "disorderly."

[ A-4,Verb,G807, aschemoneo ]
"to be unseemly" (a, negative, and schema, "a form"), is used in 1 Corinthians 7:36, "behave (himself) unseemly," i.e., so as to run the risk of bringing the virgin daughter into danger or disgrace, and in 1 Corinthians 13:5, "doth (not) behave itself unseemly."

[ B-1,Noun,G391, anastrophe ]
lit., "a turning back" (cp. No. 1, above), is translated "manner of life," "living," etc. in the RV, for AV, "conversation," Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 4:22; 1 Timothy 4:12; Hebrews 13:7; James 3:13; 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Peter 1:18; 1 Peter 2:1 ("behavior"); 1 Peter 3:1-2, 1 Peter 3:16 (ditto); 2 Peter 2:7; 2 Peter 3:11. See CONVERSATION, LIFE.

[ B-2,Noun,G2688, katastema ]
akin to kathistemi (See APPOINT, No. 2), denotes "a condition, or constitution of anything, or deportment," Titus 2:3, "demeanor," RV, for AV, "behavior." See DEMEANOR.

[ C-1,Adjective,G2887, kosmios ]
"orderly, modest," is translated "orderly" in 1 Timothy 3:2, RV, for AV, "of good behavior." Both have "modest" in 1 Timothy 2:9. Cp. kosmeo, "to adorn," kosmos, "adornment."

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