G5544 – chrestotes – χρηστότης a kindness

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noun feminine
from G5543
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Find “chrestotes” in the Bible (New Testament)

Equip God’s People Greek Lexicon

a kindness

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The Greek word “chrestotes” means “kindness,” but not in its weaker, modern form. It had its roots in everyday life and was used in various settings, from describing good soil to portraying one’s moral character.

For example, when discussing “kind soil” quality, we evaluate its nutrients, texture, and other features that make it conducive for plant growth. So, “chrestotes” refers to a quality deemed good because it fosters positive outcomes or interactions meant to benefit others.

In the New Testament, it is often used to describe either an attribute of God that turns people’s hearts toward His (i.e., His kindness exemplified through mercy, patience, etc.) or evidence of God living within you (i.e., fruit of the Spirit).

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Strong’s Greek Lexicon

from G5543; usefulness, i.e. moral excellence (in character or demeanor):—gentleness, good(-ness), kindness.

Owing to changes in the enumeration while in progress, there were no words left for numbers 2717 and 3203–3302, which were therefore silently dropped out of the vocabulary and references as redundant.

Thayer’s Greek Definitions

1) moral goodness, integrity
2) benignity, kindness

Thayer’s Definitions are as edited by the Online Bible of Winterbourne, Ontario. They removed the etymology, cross-references, and Greek phrases and changed some of Thayer’s Unitarian doctrinal positions concerning the work and person of Christ.