Reputation, Repute - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Reputation, Repute

[ 1,,G1380, dokeo ]
(a) to be of opinion" (akin to doxa, "an opinion"), "to suppose," e.g., Luke 12:51; Luke 13:2 (See SUPPOSE);
(b) "to seem, to be reputed;" in Galatians 2:2, RV, "who were of repute" (AV, "which were of reputation"); in Galatians 2:6 (twice), Galatians 2:9, RV, "were reputed" and "were of repute" (AV, "seemed"); in each case the present participle of the verb with the article is used, lit., "(well) thought of" by them, persons held in consideration; in Galatians 2:6, RV, "(those) who were reputed to be somewhat" (AV, "who seemed to be somewhat"); so Galatians 2:9, where there is no irony [cp. the rendering "are accounted" in Mark 10:42 (i.e., not rulers nominally)], Paul recognized that James, Cephas, and John were, as they were "reputed" by the church at Jerusalem, its responsible guides;
(c) impersonally, "to think, to seem good." See SEEM and THINK.

The first meaning, "to suppose," implies a subjective opinion based on thought; the second meaning, exemplified in the Galatians passages, expresses, from the standpoint of the observer, his own judgment about a matter (Trench, Syn., lxxx).


(1) In Acts 5:34, AV, timios, "honored, had in honor" (RV), is translated "had in reputation."

(2) In Philippians 2:29, AV, entimos, "honorable," with echo, "to have," i.e., "to hold in honor," is translated "hold ... in reputation" (RV, "hold ... in honor").

(3) For kenoo, in Philippians 2:7, AV, "made (Himself) of no reputation," See EMPTY.

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