deilos: cowardly, fearfulOriginal Word: δειλός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (di-los')
Short Definition: cowardly, timid
Definition: cowardly, timid, fearful.
1169 deilós (an adjective derived from deidō, "fear-driven") – properly, dreadful, describing a person who loses their "moral gumption (fortitude)" that is needed to follow the Lord.
1169 /deilós ("fearful of losses") refers to an excessive fear (dread) of "losing," causing someone to be fainthearted (cowardly) – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.
[1169 /deilós is always used negatively in the NT and stands in contrast to the positive fear which can be expressed by 5401 /phóbos ("fear," see Phil 2:12).]Word Origin
afraid (2), cowardly (1).
STRONGS NT 1169: δειλός
δειλός, δείλη, δειλόν (δείδω to fear), timid, fearful: Matthew 8:28; Mark 4:40; in Revelation 21:8 of Christians who through cowardice give way under persecutions and apostatize. (From Homer down.)<1>
From deos (dread); timid, i.e. (by implication) faithless -- fearful. δειλοι δειλοί δειλοις δειλοίς δειλοῖς δειλός δεους δέους deiloi deiloí deilois deiloîs deous déous
Strong's Greek 1169
δειλοί — 2 Occ.
δειλοῖς — 1 Occ.
δέους — 1 Occ.
Matthew 8:26 Adj-NMP
BIB: αὐτοῖς Τί δειλοί ἐστε ὀλιγόπιστοι
NAS: to them, Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?
KJV: are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
INT: to them Why fearful are you O [you] of little faith
Mark 4:40 Adj-NMP
BIB: αὐτοῖς Τί δειλοί ἐστε οὔπω
NAS: to them, Why are you afraid? Do you still
KJV: so fearful? how is it
INT: to them Why fearful are you still no
Hebrews 12:28 N-GNS
BIB: εὐλαβείας καὶ δέους
INT: fear and reverence
Revelation 21:8 Adj-DMP
BIB: τοῖς δὲ δειλοῖς καὶ ἀπίστοις
NAS: But for the cowardly and unbelieving
KJV: But the fearful, and unbelieving,
INT: but to [the] fearful and unbelieving