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APPROVE

a-proov': This word, as ordinarily used, means "to entertain a favorable opinion concerning" (Psalm 49:13 Lamentations 3:36). Its Biblical and archaic use conveys a much stronger meaning and is equivalent to its use in legal formalities of today, "to approve a bill," i.e. by some act, generally a signature, to express approval. In New Testament, a number of times, for Greek dokimazo, "to test, try, make proof of," and its derivative, dokimos, "tested," "tried." The word will, in almost every ease, imply that the proof is victoriously demonstrated, the proved is also approved, just as in English we speak of "tried men" (Trench, Greek Synonyms of New Testament). It is the word most frequently used for the testing of ores. That which does not stand the test is adokimos, "reprobate." Compare Jeremiah 6:30 King James Version: "reprobate silver." That which stands the test is dokimos, "approved." "Salute Apelles the approved in Christ" (Romans 16:10); "they that are approved" (1 Corinthians 11:19); "Present thyself approved unto God" (2 Timothy 2:15); when he hath been "approved" (James 1:12). See also Romans 14:18, 22 1 Thessalonians 2:4.

H. E. Jacobs

Greek
1381. dokimazo -- to test, by impl. to approve
... to approve. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: dokimazo Phonetic Spelling:
(dok-im-ad'-zo) Short Definition: I put to the test, prove, examine Definition: ...
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1381a. dokimazo -- to test, by impl. to approve
... dokimazo. 1381b . to test, by impl. to approve. Transliteration: dokimazo Short
Definition: examine. Word Origin from dokimos Definition to test, by impl. ...
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1735. endechomai -- to admit, approve, to be possible
... to admit, approve, to be possible. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: endechomai
Phonetic Spelling: (en-dekh'-et-ahee) Short Definition: I allow, it is ...
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4921. sunistemi and sunistano -- to commend, establish, stand near ...
... formed (1), hold together (1), prove (1), standing (1). approve, commend.
Or (strengthened) sunistano (soon-is-tan'-o), or sunistemi ...
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4909. suneudokeo -- to join in approving
... Word Origin from sun and eudokeo Definition to join in approving NASB Word Usage
approve (1), approving (1), consents (2), give hearty approval (1), hearty ...
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588. apodechomai -- to accept gladly, welcome
... accept, receive gladly. From apo and dechomai; to take fully, ie Welcome (persons),
approve (things) -- accept, receive (gladly). see GREEK apo. ...
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584. apodeiknumi -- to bring out, show forth, declare
... approve, set forth, show. From apo and deiknuo; to show off, ie Exhibit; figuratively,
to demonstrate, ie Accredit -- (ap-)prove, set forth, shew. ...
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2106. eudokeo -- to think well of, ie to be well-pleased
... From eu and dokeo; to think well of, ie Approve (an act); specially, to approbate
(a person or thing) -- think good, (be well) please(-d), be the good (have ...
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1347. dikaiosis -- the act of pronouncing righteous, acquittal
... Cognate: 1347 (a feminine noun derived from 1344 , "to approve, justify") --
justification (divine approval), emphasizing Christ's full payment of the debt for ...
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2919. krino -- to judge, decide
... We only (2919 ) accurately by based on God's word, ie to approve (prefer)
what is correct and reject what is inferior (wrong). [2919 ...
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Strong's Hebrew
7521. ratsah -- to be pleased with, accept favorably
... root Definition to be pleased with, accept favorably NASB Word Usage accept (11),
accepted (6), approve (1), approved (1), delight (4), delights (2), enjoy (2 ...
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7200. raah -- to see
... root Definition to see NASB Word Usage access (1), advisers* (2), appear (21), appeared
(43), appears (4), approve (2), became aware (1), became visible (1 ...
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Library

Of those who do not Approve of Certain Things which are a Part of ...
... Chapter 22."Of Those Who Do Not Approve of Certain Things Which are a Part of This
Good Creation of a Good Creator, and Who Think that There is Some Natural ...
//christianbookshelf.org/augustine/city of god/chapter 22 of those who do.htm

Iambus of Germaniciana Said: "Those who Approve the Baptism of ...
... Book VII. Chapter 6. " 10. Iambus of Germaniciana said: "Those who approve
the baptism of heretics disapprove ours´┐Ż "10. Iambus ...
/.../writings in connection with the donatist controversy /chapter 6 10 iambus.htm

The Most Ancient and Most Respectable of the Christian Fathers ...
... SECOND PART II. THE MOST ANCIENT AND MOST RESPECTABLE OF THE CHRISTIAN FATHERS
APPROVE OF THE INTERPRETATION WHICH WE GIVE TO THIS CHAPTER. ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 2/ii the most ancient and.htm

Love and Discernment.
... IX. LOVE AND DISCERNMENT. "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and
more in knowledge and all judgment: that ye may approve things that are ...
/.../thomas/the prayers of st paul/ix love and discernment.htm

Evidences of Regeneration.
... 5. Moral agents constitutionally approve of what i3 right and disapprove
of what is wrong. Of course, both saints and sinners may ...
/.../finney/systematic theology/lecture xxix evidences of regeneration.htm

Bardesan.
... therefore, my son, thou hast any opinion of thy own [3361] respecting this matter
about which thou hast asked, tell it to us all; and, if we too approve of it ...
/.../unknown/the decretals/ancient syriac documents bardesan.htm

The Second Charge, of Corresponding with Magnentius.
... 1307] (his name I am unwilling to pronounce), I beseech you investigate and try
the matter, in whatever way you please, and by whomsoever you may approve of. ...
/.../athanasius/select works and letters or athanasius/6 the second charge of.htm

It was Therefore Better for Me to Hide Myself, and to Wait for ...
... opportunity. Yes, I am sure that from your knowledge of the sacred Scriptures
you will assent and approve of my conduct in this respect. ...
/.../select works and letters or athanasius/35 it was therefore better.htm

In Christ and in Ephesus
... One way is to approve of their evil works. ... Never allow yourself to approve
of another's sins. You can not keep clean and do it. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/naylor/heart talks/talk thirty-four in christ and.htm

Upon Human Nature.
... Thirdly, there is a principle of reflection in men, by which they distinguish
between, approve and disapprove their own actions. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/butler/human nature/sermon i upon human nature.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To show to be real or true; to prove.

2. (v. t.) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.

3. (v. t.) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial.

4. (v. t.) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration.

5. (v. t.) To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.

6. (v. t.) To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.

Thesaurus
Approve (14 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision
of a court-martial. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. APPROVE. ...
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Allow (86 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
2. (vt) To like; to be suited or pleased with. 3 ...
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Excellent (52 Occurrences)
... (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV). Romans 2:18 and know his will, and approve the things
that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS RSV). ...
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Allowance (11 Occurrences)
... a-lou', a-lou'-ans: The verb "to allow" is used in the King James Version to translate
four different Greek words: (1) suneudokeo, "to approve together" (with ...
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Approved (18 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Approve. Multi-Version Concordance Approved
(18 Occurrences). Acts 2:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words! ...
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Like (10728 Occurrences)
... 10. (v.) To suit; to please; to be agreeable to. 11. (v.) To be pleased with in
a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy. 12. ...
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Approval (75 Occurrences)
... our husbands? (See RSV). Hosea 8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me.
They have made princes, and I didn't approve. Of their ...
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Offense (44 Occurrences)
... (WBS NIV). Philippians 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent;
that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ; (WEB WBS). ...
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Ordinance (89 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things
are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who ...
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Lawsuit (4 Occurrences)
... Yahweh your God shall choose; (See NAS NIV). Lamentations 3:36 To subvert
a man in his cause, the Lord doesn't approve. (See NAS). ...
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Bible Concordance
Approve (14 Occurrences)

Matthew 17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Master, we are thankful to you that we are here. If you approve, I will put up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
(WEY)

Luke 11:48 It follows that you bear testimony to the actions of your forefathers and that you fully approve thereof. They slew, you build.
(WEY NAS NIV)

Romans 1:28 And, according as they did not approve of having God in knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mind, to do the things not seemly;
(YLT)

Romans 1:32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.
(WEB RSV NIV)

Romans 2:18 and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 12:2 Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.
(See NIV)

Romans 14:22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn't judge himself in that which he approves.
(Root in WEB ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:3 When I arrive, I will send whoever you approve with letters to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
(Root in KJV ASV WBS YLT)

Philippians 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)

1 Samuel 29:6 "For Yahweh has driven great and strong nations out from before you. But as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.
(See RSV NIV)

Psalms 49:13 This is the destiny of those who are foolish, and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS NIV)

Lamentations 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord doesn't approve.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Hosea 8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me. They have made princes, and I didn't approve. Of their silver and their gold they have made themselves idols, that they may be cut off.
(WEB)

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