Spoudé – “Diligent” (Romans 12:8b)

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Leadership, Word Study


If it is leadership, with diligence (Spoudé) – Romans 12:8b

Definition of “Spoudé” taken together from 5 different concordances –

Short definition of “Spoudé”: haste, diligence,
(a) speed, haste, (b) diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm. “move quickly, speed on”) – properly, swiftness to show zealous diligence, i.e. one’s “best” (full effort by making haste). diligence, earnestness , effort, hurry. earnestness, diligence: universally, earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything, haste, diligence, forwardness
From speudo; “speed”, i.e. (by implication) despatch, eagerness, earnestness — business, (earnest) care(-fulness), diligence, forwardness, haste.
GREEK speudo

Dictionaries “Diligent”: Marked by persevering, constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything:

Strong – Greek: σπουδή (spoudé) — 12 Occurrences

Mark 6:25 N-GFS
BIB: εὐθὺς μετὰ σπουδῆς πρὸς τὸν
NAS: she came in a hurry to the king
KJV: straightway with haste unto the king,
INT: immediately with haste to the

Luke 1:39 N-GFS
BIB: ὀρεινὴν μετὰ σπουδῆς εἰς πόλιν
NAS: and went in a hurry to the hill country,
KJV: with haste, into
INT: hill country with haste to a town

Romans 12:8 N-DFS
BIB: προϊστάμενος ἐν σπουδῇ ὁ ἐλεῶν
NAS: he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy,
KJV: with diligence; he that sheweth mercy,
INT: takes the lead with earnestness he that shows mercy

Romans 12:11 N-DFS
BIB: τῇ σπουδῇ μὴ ὀκνηροί
NAS: not lagging behind in diligence, fervent
KJV: slothful in business; fervent
INT: in earnestness not lazy

2 Corinthians 7:11 N-AFS
BIB: κατειργάσατο ὑμῖν σπουδήν ἀλλὰ ἀπολογίαν
NAS: what earnestness this
KJV: what carefulness it wrought
INT: it produced in you earnestness but [what] defense

2 Corinthians 7:12 N-AFS
BIB: φανερωθῆναι τὴν σπουδὴν ὑμῶν τὴν
NAS: of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf
KJV: that our care for you
INT: being revealed the earnestness of you which [is]

2 Corinthians 8:7 N-DFS
BIB: καὶ πάσῃ σπουδῇ καὶ τῇ
NAS: and in all earnestness and in the love
KJV: and [in] all diligence, and [in] your
INT: and all earnestness and in the

2 Corinthians 8:8 N-GFS
BIB: τῆς ἑτέρων σπουδῆς καὶ τὸ
NAS: through the earnestness of others
KJV: by occasion of the forwardness of others,
INT: the of others earnestness and the

2 Corinthians 8:16 N-AFS
BIB: τὴν αὐτὴν σπουδὴν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν
NAS: the same earnestness on your behalf
KJV: the same earnest care into
INT: the same earnestness for you

Hebrews 6:11 N-AFS
BIB: αὐτὴν ἐνδείκνυσθαι σπουδὴν πρὸς τὴν
NAS: the same diligence so
KJV: the same diligence to
INT: same to show earnestness to the

2 Peter 1:5 N-AFS
BIB: τοῦτο δὲ σπουδὴν πᾶσαν παρεισενέγκαντες
NAS: all diligence, in your faith
KJV: giving all diligence, add to
INT: this however earnestness all having brought in besides

Jude 1:3 N-AFS
BIB: Ἀγαπητοί πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος γράφειν
NAS: every effort to write
KJV: all diligence to write
INT: Beloved all earnestness using to write


10 Different Translations of Romans 12:8b

If it is to lead, do it diligently
If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.
The one who leads, with zeal
He who leads, with diligence
He that ruleth, with carefulness;
He who leads, with diligence
If it is leading, lead enthusiastically.
He that ruleth, with diligence
If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically
He who is in authority should be energetic and alert


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