Greek Word for Repent - Strongs 3340
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 (KJV)
Greek Strong’s Number: 3340
Greek Word: μετανοέω
Root: from <G3326> and <G3539>
Cross Reference: TDNT – 4:975,636
Part of Speech: v
Vine’s Words: Repent, Repentance
English Words used in KJV:
[Total Count: 34]
James Strong, Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, (Austin, TX: WORDsearch Corp., 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “3340”.
The Greek word for repent or repentance is metanoeō. This word is never translated in the King James as anything other than repentance. It has several flavors meaning to think differently,, and in a moral sense to feel the need to reconsider. This is repentance. Before, I thought this thing, whatever IT is, was okay. Now, I feel differently. Now, I do not believe it is okay. This is repentance. This is what our mindset should be when we find a difference between how God’s word says we should live and what we are doing in our lives. We should think differently afterward and feel a need to reconsider how we live, then make a change.
The question becomes if we do not repent of our sin(s) is it really repentance? What kind of faith is it if that faith doesn’t lead us to discard those things God says He doesn’t like? How closely will God allow us to get to Him if we continue to hold onto those things we do that He disapproves of? The idea that God is completely okay with the sinful things human beings do is fundamentally flawed on the face and should be rejected. The Love God and Do as You Please philosophy is detrimental to our relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.