DEFINITION AND BIBLICAL MEANINGS FOR EXCELLENCE
To go beyond the norm, to do
the best you can do, to possess superior merit, to be remarkably good, to have
superior quality…Doing things excellently
commonplace, of ordinary quality, typical
Apathy: absent of emotion,
lacking interest or concern
Inferior: low or lower in
quality or grade, of little or less value or excellence.
EXAMINING THE ROOT WORDS FOR MEANING
There are several different
words in the Bible that have been interpreted as Excellent. Here are a few of them and their original
meanings as listed in the Strongs Exhaustive concordance.
Psalm 8:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm
of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
117. ‘addiyr, ad-deer’; from
H142; wide or (gen.) large; fig. powerful:–excellent, famous, gallant,
glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty (-ier, one), noble, principal, worthy.
Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and
to the excellent, in whom is all my
NASB 3 As
for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
NIV 3 As
for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things;
and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7 For
my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
5057. nagiyd, naw-gheed’;
or nagid, naw-gheed’; from H5046; a
commander (as occupying the front), civil, military or religious; gen. (abstr.
plur.); honorable themes:–captain, chief,
excellent thing, (chief) governor, leader, noble, prince, (chief) ruler.
Prov 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and
a man of understanding is of an excellent
7119. qar, kar; contr. from
an unused root mean. to chill; cool; fig. quiet;–cold, excellent [from the
Isa 28: 29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of
hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent
1431. gadal, gaw-dal’; a
prim. root; prop. to twist [comp. H1434], i.e. to be (caus. make) large (in
various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride):–advance,
boast, bring up, exceed, excellent, be (-come, do, give, make, wax), great
(-er, come to . . estate, + things), grow (up), increase, lift up, magnify
(-ifical), be much set by, nourish (up), pass, promote, proudly [spoken],