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ek'-se-lent 'addir, yattir (Aramaic); diaphoroteros, kratistos): The translation of various Hebrew words, chiefly of 'addir, "great," "honorable" (Ps 8:1,9; 16:3; 76:4); yattir, "surpassing," is Aramaic, occurring in Dan 2:31; 4:36; 5:12,14; 6:3. Other words are bachar, "to glow," "try," "choose" (Song 5:15); ga'on, "mounting," "swelling" (Isa 4:2; see EXCELLENCY); gadhal, "to make or become great" (Isa 28:29), and other words occurring singly.
In the New Testament we have diaphoroteros, "greater," "better" (Heb 1:4; 8:6); kratistos, "most excellent," "most noble" (Lk 1:3; Acts 23:26); ta diapheronta, "things that differ," "are preeminent" (Rom 2:18; Phil 1:10); megaloprepes, "becoming to the great" (2 Pet 1:17, the King James Version "a voice to him from the excellent glory," the American Standard Revised Version and the English Revised Version, margin "the Majestic Glory"); kath' huperbolen "very surpassing" (1 Cor 12:31, "Yet I show unto you a more excellent way," the Revised Version (British and American) "most excellent"); pleion, "greater," "fuller" (Heb 11:4; see ABEL).
W. L. Walker
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'excellent'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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