peitho (greek) – Strong’s 3982

peitho (verb) – persuade, be persuaded, trust, have confidence, obey

From Strong’s Enhanced Lexicon – Strong’s 3982 (verb)

  1. Persuade
    1. to persuade, i.e. to induce one by words to believe
    2. to make friends of, to win one’s favour, gain one’s good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one.
    3. to tranquilize
    4. to persuade unto i.e. to move or induce one to persuasion to do something
  2. Be persuaded
    1. to be persuadeed, to suffer one’s self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe: to have faith: in a thing
      1. to believe
      2. to be persuaded of a thing concerning a person
    2. to listen to, obey, yeild to, comply with
  3. To trust, have confidence, be confident

Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

From Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary

The 2nd entry in the section for Obedience, Obedient, Obey

  • peitho (πείθω, 3982), “to persuade, to win over,” in the passive and middle voices, “to be persuaded, to listen to, to obey,” is so used with this meaning, in the middle voice, e.g., in Acts 5:36-37 (in v. 40, passive voice, “they agreed”); Rom. 2:8; Gal. 5:7; Heb. 13:17; Jas. 3:3.  The “obedience” suggested is not by submission to authority, but resulting from persuasion.
  • “Peitho and pisteuo, ‘to trust,’ are closely related etymologically; the difference in meaning is that the former implies the obedience that is produced by the latter, cf. Heb. 3:18-19, where the disobedience of the Israelites is said to be the evidence of their unbelief Faith is of the heart, invisible to men; obedience is of the conduct and may be observed. When a man obeys God he gives the only possible evidence that in his heart he believes God. Of course it is persuasion of the truth that results in faith (we believe because we are persuaded that the thing is true, a thing does not become true because it is believed), but peitho, in NT suggests an actual and outward result of the inward persuasion and consequent faith.

Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vol. 2: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (438–439). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.


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