Imagination - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3053, logismos ]
a reasoning, a thought" (akin to logizomai, "to count, reckon"), is translated "thoughts" in Romans 2:15, suggestive of evil intent, not of mere reasonings; "imaginations" in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (RV, marg., "reasonings," in each place). The word suggests the contemplation of actions as a result of the verdict of conscience. See THOUGHT.

[ 2,,G1261, dialogismos ]
dia, and No. 1, is rendered "imaginations" in Romans 1:21, carrying with it the idea of evil purposes, RV, "reasonings;" it is most frequently translated "thoughts." See DISPUTE.

[ 3,,G1271, dianoia ]
strictly, "a thinking over," denotes "the faculty of thinking;" then, "of knowing;" hence, "the understanding," and in general, "the mind," and so, "the faculty of moral reflection;" it is rendered "imagination" in Luke 1:51, "the imagination of their heart" signifying their thoughts and ideas. See MIND, UNDERSTANDING.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words