Related post:  Godliness

According to www.lockman.org, these are the only three occurrences of “piety” in the NASB.  However, it also shows that the underlying Greek word for “piety” in Acts 3:12 is:

2150 eusebeia; from 2152; piety:–godliness(14), piety(1).

In the case of 1 Timothy 5:4, the underlying Greek word is:

2151 eusebeô; from 2152; to show piety towards:–practice piety(1), worship(1).

In the case of Hebrews 5:7, the underlying Greek word is:

2124 eulabeia; from 2126; caution:–piety(1), reverence(1).

Therefore, the underlying Greek words for the word “piety” in Acts 3:12; 1 Timothy 5:4; and Hebrews 5:7 have in other occurrences been translated as godliness, worship, and reverence.  Their occurrences have been shown farther below.

Of course, the three Greek words appear to be cognates of each other.

Acts 3:12  –  “…why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?”

1 Timothy 5:4  –  “…they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family…”

Hebrews 5:7 – “He was heard because of His piety.”

The other translations of the three Greek words used above
(except for “godliness” – which see farther below)

Acts 17:23  –  “…Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.”  –  The Greek word translated as “worship” in this verse is the same Greek word translated as “practice piety” in 1 Timothy 5:4.

Hebrews 12:28, 29  –  “…let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…”  –  The Greek word translated as “reverence” in this verse is the same Greek word translated as “piety” in Hebrews 5:7.


All New Testament occurrences of “godliness” are translations of the same Greek word translated as “piety” in Acts 3:12.  The only exception to this is 1 Timothy 2:10 (see below along with its accompanying note).  Here then are all the New Testament occurrences of “godliness.”

1 Timothy 2:2

1 Timothy 2:10  –  The Greek word translated as “godliness” in this verse is, according to Strong’s, “2317 theosebeia; from 2318; fear of God:–godliness(1).”  Thus this word, too, appears to be a cognate of the three Greek words identified at the top of this post.

1 Timothy 3:16

1 Timothy 4:7

1 Timothy 4:8

1 Timothy 6:3

1 Timothy 6:5

1 Timothy 6:6

1 Timothy 6:11

2 Timothy 3:5

Titus 1:1

2 Peter 1:3

2 Peter 1:6

2 Peter 1:7

2 Peter 3:11

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