Vincent Word Studies - Colossians 2:4 - 2:4

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Beguile (παραλογίζηται)

Only here and Jam 1:22. See note. Rev., delude. So Ignatius, speaking of the duty of obedience to the bishop, says: “He that fails in this, does not deceive the visible bishop, but attempts to cheat (παραλογίζεται) the Invisible” (Epistle to Magnesians, 3). The word is found in the Septuagint, Jos 9:22; 1Sa 19:17; 2Sa 21:5.

Enticing words (πιθανολογίᾳ)

Rev., persuasiveness of speech. Only here in the New Testament. In classical Greek, of probable argument as opposed to demonstration. So Plato: “Reflect whether you are disposed to admit of probability (πιθανολογίᾳ) and figures of speech in matters of such importance” (“Theaetetus,” 163). Compare 1Co 2:4.