Sense: trust (faith)
n. — strong confidence in, and reliance upon, someone or something; often with the object of trust understood.
And without faith [πίστις] it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe [πιστεύω] that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NRSV)
Sometimes English translations make it difficult to see connections between words in a given verse that are clearly related in Greek. One such common occurrences is with πίστις and πιστεύω. The former is commonly translated as “faith” and the latter as “to believe.” This happens because they are a noun and a verb respectively, and English contains no verbal form “to faith.” Of course, the person with knowledge of Greek can see this connection easily enough. But the Bible Sense Lexicon helps readers of the New Testament with little knowledge of Greek. It suggests a connection between these concepts in verses like Hebrews 11:6 by maintaining similar labels and definitions. In the BSL, the label is “trust (faith)” for the noun πίστις and “to trust (faith)” for the verb πιστεύω.
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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.
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