Character and conduct begin in the mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8.


Good report, euphemos; Strong’s #2163. Euphemos is a combination of eu, “well,” and pheme, “a saying.” Euphemos is speech that is gracious, encouraging, praiseworthy, decent. It includes the avoidance of words of ill omen. An OT example would be Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

Defining the “whatever’s” in Philippians 4:8.

  • True: Romans 3:4
  • Noble: 1 Timothy 3:11
  • Pure: 1 John 3:3
  • Virtue: 2 Peter 1:5
  • Praiseworthy: Ephesians 1:6.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 00:42:04

    Five wonderful traits that can only be ours through the power of the Holy Spirit. You have chosen another “praiseworthy” nugget, Manny.


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