Faith and Its Cognates According to Strong’s Concordance

This is a subsidiary post of Faith.

Subsidiary post:  Strong’s Greek 3982 and Its Cognates

Primary source for this study is the official NASB web site (www.lockman.org), which is hosted by the Lockman Foundation, and which presents the entire text of the Bible linked to Strong’s Concordance.  I also used the print edition published by Zondervan (The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance, 2000).  This study focuses on the New Testament.

All the Greek words translated as “faith” in the NASB NT:

4100 pisteuô; from 4102; to believe, entrust:–believe(118), believed(73), believers(3), believes(29), believing(10), do(1), entrust(1), entrusted(6), entrusting(1), has faith(1).

4102 pistis; from 3982; faith, faithfulness:–faith(238), faithfulness(3), pledge(1), proof(1).

3640a oligopistia; from 3641 and 4102; little faith:–littleness of…faith(1).

3640b oligopistos; from the same as 3640a; of little faith:–little faith(5), men of little faith(3).

3641 oligos; a prim. word; few, little, small:–brief(1), briefly(1), few(11), few things(3), great*(1), little(7), little way(1), little while(4), long*(1), number*(2), short(3), short time(1), small(3), while(1).

All the Greek words translated as believe(d, s), believer(s), believing, disbelieve(d), unbelief, unbeliever(s), unbelieving in the NASB NT

(Note that 544 is the only Greek word that does not trace to 4100 or 4103.)

544 apeitheô; from 545; to disobey:–disbelieved(1), disobedient(10), do not obey(1), obey(2).

569 apisteô; from 571; to disbelieve, be faithless:–believe(3), disbelieve(1), disbelieved(1), faithless(1), refused to believe(1), would not believe(1).

570 apistia; from 571; unbelief:–unbelief(10), unbelieving(1).

571 apistos; from 1 (as a neg. pref.) and 4103; incredible, unbelieving:–incredible(1), unbeliever(4), unbelievers(7), unbelieving(10), unbelieving one(1).

4100 pisteuô; from 4102; to believe, entrust:–believe(118), believed(73), believers(3), believes(29), believing(10), do(1), entrust(1), entrusted(6), entrusting(1), has faith(1).

4103 pistos; from 3982; faithful, reliable:–believe(2), believer(4), believers(5), believing(1), faithful(44), faithful one(1), faithfully(1), sure(1), trustworthy(7), who believe(1).

NASB NT English words
translated from the same Greek cluster (4100, 4102, 4103):

The first number in parentheses is the total number of occurrences of that English word in the NASB NT.  The second number is the percentage of those occurrences which were translated from Strong’s Greek 4100, 4102, 4103 or a cognate of them.

believe (126 – 100%)
believed (73 – 100%)
believer (4 – 100%)
believers (8 – 100%)
believes (29 – 100%)
believing (13 – 100%*)
disbelieve (1 – 100%)
disbelieved (2 – 50%**)
faith (248 – 100%)
unbelief (10 – 100%)
unbeliever (4 – 100%)
unbelievers (5 – 100%)
unbelieving (12 – 100%).

*Of the 13 occurrences there are only two exceptions:  1 Cor 7:14 (believing husband – 79) and 1 Cor 9:5 (believing wife – 80)

79 adelphê; fem. from 80; sister:–believing(1), sister(16), sisters(8).

80 adelphos; from 1 (as a cop. pref.) and delphus (womb); a brother:–believing husband(1), brethren(170), brethren*(13), brother(111), brother’s(8), brothers(40).

**There are only two occurrences: Mark 16:16 (569) and Acts 14:2 (544)

A Conclusion

Though in English “faith” and “belief” do not appear to be cognates, in Greek they are shown to be not merely synonyms but practically the very same word.

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