Speech - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3056, logos ]
akin to lego (SPEAK, No. 1), most frequently rendered word" (for an analysis See WORD), signifies "speech," as follows:
(a) "discourse," e.g., Luke 20:20, RV, "speech" (AV, "words"); Acts 14:12 (See SPEAKER); Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 2:1, 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 4:19, AV (RV, "word"); 2 Corinthians 10:10;
(b) "the faculty of speech," e.g., 2 Corinthians 11:6;
(c) "the manner of speech," e.g., Matthew 5:37, RV, "speech" (AV, "communication"); Colossians 4:6;
(d) "manner of instruction," Titus 2:8; 1 Corinthians 14:9, RV (AV, "words"); Ephesians 4:29, RV (AV, "communication"). See SAYING.

[ 2,,G2981, lalia ]
akin to laleo (SPEAK, No. 2), denotes "talk, speech,"
(a) of "a dialect," Matthew 26:73; Mark 14:70;
(b) "utterances," John 4:42, RV, "speaking" (AV, "saying"); John 8:43.

[ 3,,G2129, eulogia ]
has the meaning "fair speaking, flattering speech" in Romans 16:18, RV, "fair speech" (AV, "fair speeches"). See BLESSING, C, No. 1.

[ 4,,G5542, chrestologia ]
which has a similar meaning to No. 3, occurs with it in Romans 16:18 [RV, "smooth ... (speech)"]. See SMOOTH, Note.


(1) For "persuasiveness of speech," Colossians 2:4, RV, See PERSUASIVE, B.

(2) In Acts 14:11 "the speech of Lycaonia" translates the adverb Lukaonisti. Lycaonia was a large country in the center and south of the plateau of Asia Minor; the villages retained the native language, but cities like Lystra probably had a Seleucid tone in their laws and customs (Ramsay on Galatians).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words