Sense of the Day: Faithful


Sense: faithful

adj. — characterized by steadfast affection or allegiance (to someone or something).

How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

Isaiah 1:21

Parts of speech can sometimes be difficult to identify. For example, apple seems like an obvious noun. But what about its usage in “apple pie”? Apple functions there as an adjective. This can make it difficult to find things. One Hebrew word that can express the adjectival meaning of “faithful” is a verb—ʾmn. What if I want to see only the times that word is used as an adjective? It would be difficult in traditional lexicons; however, the Bible Sense Lexicon is arranged by meanings and not by words. Occurrences of the Hebrew word ʾmn that express the meaning “characterized by steadfast affection or allegiance (to someone or something)” can be found by simply looking at the Bible Sense Lexicon entry for “faithful.”

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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