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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (a.) Of or pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming to brothers; kind; affectionate; as, brotherly love.

2. (adv.) Like a brother; affectionately; kindly.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

bruth'-er-li ('ach, "brother"; philadelphia, "brotherly love"): Like a brother in all the large human relationships indicated above; e.g. the early friendly and fraternal alliance between Tyre and Israel as illustrated by "brotherly covenant" between David and Solomon, and Hiram, king of Tyre (2 Samuel 5:11 1 Kings 5:12), and repudiated in a later generation by the treachery of Tyre (Amos 1:9).



kind'-nes (the King James Version 2 Peter 1:7), or LOVE (the King James Version Romans 12:10 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 13:1; philadelphia):

1. As Moral Ideal:

In the Revised Version (British and American), "love of the brethren" in all places, and so in the King James Version of 1 Peter 1:22, thus defining the disposition as love, and its objects as brethren. Since God is Father and men are His sons, they are therefore brethren of one another. As sonship is the most essential factor in man's right relation to God, so is brotherhood in his relation to his fellow-man. Brotherhood is first known as the relation between sons of the same parent, a relation of tender affection and benevolence. It becomes gradually extended to kindred, and to members of the same tribe or nation. And the Christian ideal of society is that a similar relation should exist between all men without limit or distinction. Agape, "love" (see CHARITY), is the word in the New Testament that generally denotes this ideal. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" is the whole law of conduct as between man and man (Matthew 22:39, 40); and neighbor includes every man within one's reach (Luke 10:29), even enemies (Matthew 5:44 Luke 6:35). Without the love of man, the love of God is impossible, but "he that abideth in love abideth in God" (1 John 4:16, 20).

2. As Actual Between Christians:

But man's sonship to God may be potential or actual. He may not respond to God's love or know His Fatherhood. Likewise love to man may not be reciprocated, and therefore may be incomplete. Yet it is the Christian's duty, like God, to maintain his disposition of love and benevolence to those that hate and curse him (Luke 6:27, 28). But within the Christian community, love should respond to love, and find its fulfillment, for there all men are, or should be, God's sons actually, "because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts, through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us" (Romans 5:5). And this mutual love within the Christian brotherhood (1 Peter 5:9) is called philadelphia.

3. Stoic Teaching:

This twofold ideal of social morality as universal benevolence and mutual affection had been foreshadowed by the STOICS (which see). Men as citizens of the world should adopt an attitude of justice and mercy toward all men, even slaves; but within the community of the "wise" there should be the mutual affection of friendship.

4. Christian Advance on Heathen Thought:

Christianity succeeded in organizing and realizing in intense and practical fellowship the ideal that remained vague and abstract in the Greek schools: "See how these Christians love one another." It was their Master's example followed, and His commandment and promise fulfilled: "Love one another. as I have loved you.; by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples" (John 13:14, 34, 35). Paul in his earliest epistle bears witness that the Thessalonians practice love "toward all the brethren that are in all Macedonia," even as they had been taught of God, but urges them to "abound more and more" (1 Thessalonians 4:9, 10). For the healing of differences, and to build up the church in order and unity, he urges the Romans "in love of the brethren (to) be tenderly affectioned one to another" (Romans 12:10). Christians must even "forbear one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2) and "walk in love, even as Christ also loved you" (Ephesians 5:2 Philippians 2:1, 2). It involves some suffering and sacrifice. The author of the Epistle to the He recognizes the presence of "love of the brethren" and urges that it may continue (Hebrews 13:1). It is the direct result of regeneration, of purity and obedience to the truth (1 Peter 1:22, 23). It proceeds from godliness and issues in love (2 Peter 1:7). "Love of the brethren" (agape) is the one practical topic of John's epistles. It is the message heard from the beginning, "that we should love one another" 1 John 3:11, 23. It is the test of light and darkness (1 John 2:10); life and death (1 John 3:14); children of God or children of the devil (1 John 3:10; 1 John 4:7-12). Without it there can be no knowledge or love of God (1 John 4:20), but when men love God and obey Him, they necessarily love His children (1 John 5:2). No man can be of God's family, unless his love extends to all its members.

T. Rees



5360. philadelphia -- the love of brothers, brotherly love
... the love of brothers, brotherly love. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration:
philadelphia Phonetic Spelling: (fil-ad-el-fee'-ah) Short Definition ...
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5361. philadelphos -- loving one's brother
... Cognate: 5361 (from 5384 , "affectionate friend" and 80 , "brother") -- "brotherly,"
referring to the love between fellow family-members -- ie () people in ...
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3675. homophron -- agreeing
... 3675 ("of the same perspective") is used only in 1 Pet 3:8: "To sum up, all of you
be ['of one mind,' 3675 ], sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble ...
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Strong's Hebrew
283. Achyo -- "brotherly," the name of several Israelites
... 282, 283. Achyo. 284 . "brotherly," the name of several Israelites.
Transliteration: Achyo Phonetic Spelling: (akh-yo') Short Definition: Ahio. ...
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291. Achyan -- "brotherly," a Manassite
... "brotherly," a Manassite. Transliteration: Achyan Phonetic Spelling: (akh-yawn')
Short Definition: Ahian. ... From 'ach; brotherly; Achjan, an Israelite -- Ahian. ...
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251. ach -- a brother
... nephew* (2), other (7), relative (7), relatives (80). another, brotherly;
kindred, like, other. A primitive word; a brother (used in ...
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265. Achoach -- a Benjamite
... Ahoah. By reduplication from 'ach; brotherly; Achoach, an Israelite -- Ahoah.
see HEBREW 'ach. 264, 265. Achoach. 266 . Strong's Numbers.
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277. Achi -- "brother of Yah," an Israelite name
... name NASB Word Usage Ahi (2). Ahi. From 'ach; brotherly; Achi, the name of two
Israelites -- Ahi. see HEBREW 'ach. 276, 277. Achi. 278 . Strong's Numbers.
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For Brotherly Love.
... SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC WORSHIP. 908. " For Brotherly Love. 908. 7s. M. Wesley's
Coll. For Brotherly Love. 1 God of love, we look ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/908 for brotherly love.htm

Psalm 141. 2-5. Watchfulness, and Brotherly Reproof.
... THE Psalms of David, In Metre. Psalm 141. 2-5. Watchfulness, and brotherly
reproof. A morning or evening psalm. 1 My God, accept ...
/.../watts/the psalms of david/psalm 141 2-5 watchfulness and.htm

Psalm 133:1. CM Brotherly Love.
... THE Psalms of David, In Metre. Psalm 133:1. CM Brotherly love. 1 Lo! what
an entertaining sight Are brethren that agree, Brethren ...
/.../watts/the psalms of david/psalm 133 1 0 c m brotherly.htm

Psalm 133 Brotherly Love.
... THE PSALMS OF DAVID PSALM 133 Brotherly love. CM Brotherly love. Lo! what
an entertaining sight. Are brethren that agree! Brethren ...
/.../watts/the psalms and hymns of isaac watts/psalm 133 brotherly love.htm

"Let Brotherly Love Continue. "
... Epistle of Peter to James. Chapter IX.""Let Brotherly Love Continue.".
"But I know that ye will do these things if you fix love ...
/.../unknown/epistle of peter to james/chapter ix let brotherly love continue.htm

Psalm 141 Watchfulness and Brotherly Reproof.
... THE PSALMS OF DAVID PSALM 141 Watchfulness and brotherly reproof. v.2-5 LM.
Watchfulness and brotherly reproof. A morning or evening Psalm. ...
/.../the psalms and hymns of isaac watts/psalm 141 watchfulness and brotherly.htm

Brotherly Love. Ps. 133.
... CHRISTIAN CHARACTER AND LIFE. 391. " Brotherly Love. Ps. 133. 391. HM
Montgomery. Brotherly Love. Ps.133. 1 How beautiful the ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/391 brotherly love ps.htm

"Each Brotherly Compassion that Man Hath on his Fellow Christians ...
... THE THIRTEENTH REVELATION CHAPTER XXVIII "Each brotherly compassion that man hath
on his fellow Christians, with charity, it is Christ in him". ...
/.../julian/revelations of divine love/chapter xxviii each brotherly compassion.htm

Let Brotherly Love Continue. --Ps. cxxxiii.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CXCIX. Let Brotherly Love continue."Ps. cxxxiii. ... James Montgomery.
Let Brotherly Love continue."Psalm 133.p>. How beautiful the sight. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cxcix let brotherly love.htm

Second Sunday after Trinity Exhortation to Brotherly Love.
... Second Sunday After Trinity EXHORTATION TO BROTHERLY LOVE. Text: 1 John
3, 13-18. 13 Marvel ... truth. EXHORTATION TO BROTHERLY LOVE. 1 ...
/.../luther/epistle sermons vol iii/second sunday after trinity exhortation.htm

Brotherly (8 Occurrences)
... 1. (a.) Of or pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming
to brothers; kind; affectionate; as, brotherly love. ...BROTHERLY. ...
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Affection (30 Occurrences)
... 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth
through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the ...
/a/affection.htm - 20k

Lovingkindness (176 Occurrences)
... Cheyne (Encyclopedia Biblica) regards checedh as denoting paternal affection on
God's part, answered by filial and loyal affection and brotherly love on man's ...
/l/lovingkindness.htm - 40k

Godliness (16 Occurrences)
... NIV). 2 Peter 1:7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly
affection, love. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV). 2 ...
/g/godliness.htm - 12k

Piety (21 Occurrences)
... 2 Peter 1:7 and in the piety the brotherly kindness, and in the brotherly kindness
the love; (YLT). Job 4:6 Isn't your piety your confidence? ...
/p/piety.htm - 13k

Ahio (6 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Brotherly. (1.) One of the sons of Beriah (1
Chronicles 8:14). (2.) One of the sons of Jehiel the Gibeonite ...
/a/ahio.htm - 10k

Ahoah (1 Occurrence)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Brotherly, one of the sons of Bela, the son of
Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:4). He is also called Ahiah (ver. ...
/a/ahoah.htm - 7k

Endurance (31 Occurrences)
... 2 Peter 1:7 along with power of endurance, godliness; along with godliness, brotherly
affection; and along with brotherly affection, love. (WEY). ...
/e/endurance.htm - 15k

Kindness (295 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BROTHERLY KINDNESS; BROTHERLY LOVE. ... (WEY). 2 Peter
1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. ...
/k/kindness.htm - 45k

Commandment (209 Occurrences)
... While it is love, it is also a commandment of Christ, calling forth the joyous
obedience of believers. See also BROTHERLY LOVE. T. Rees. ... See BROTHERLY LOVE. ...
/c/commandment.htm - 47k

Bible Concordance
Brotherly (8 Occurrences)

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,

Hebrews 10:24 And let us bestow thought on one another with a view to arousing one another to brotherly love and right conduct;

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently:

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be all of one mind, sympathising, full of brotherly love, tender hearted, humble minded;

2 Peter 1:7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

Amos 1:9 Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they delivered up the whole community to Edom, and didn't remember the brotherly covenant;



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