v. — to take a high degree of pleasure or mental satisfaction in.
. . . and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted [εὐδοκέω] in wickedness.
2 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV)
In the Bible Sense Lexicon entry for “to delight (take),” the subentry for the Greek word εὐδοκέω suggests that taking delight is in itself neutral. Taking delight can either be good or bad depending on the object of one’s delight. The example verse above shows us that taking delight in wickedness brings condemnation. On the other hand, the New Testament shows us other people who take delight in giving to the poor (Rom. 15:26–27) or in their own weakness for “the sake of Christ” (2 Cor. 12:10). Taking delight in something doesn’t automatically make it good. We should take some time every now and again to examine the objects of our delight.
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