The Bible

Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" (Romans 1:26) and "inordinate affection" (Colossians 3:5). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above (Colossians 3:2). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections (Ezekiel 33:32).

Webster's 1828 Dictionary


1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]

2. Passion; but more generally,

3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object.

4. In a more particular sense, a settle good will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or towards, but is now more generally followed by far.

5. Desire; inclination; propensity, good or evil; as, virtuous or vile affections. Romans 1:31. Galatians 5:24.

6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.

7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection

8. In painting, a lively representation of passion.

Shakespeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AFFEC'TIONATE, adjective

1. Having great love, or affection; fond; as, an affectionate brother.

2. Warm in affection; zealous.

Man, in his love to God, and desire to please him, can never be too affectionate

3. Proceeding from affection; indicating love; benevolent; tender; as, the affectionate care of a parent; an affectionate countenance.

4. Inclined to; warmly attached. [Little used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AFFEC'TIONATELY, adverb With affection; fondly; tenderly; kindly. 1 Thessalonians 2:8.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AFFEC'TIONATENESS, noun Fondness; goodwill; affection.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AFFEC'TIONED, adjective

1. Disposed; having an affection of heart.

Be ye kindly affectioned one to another. Romans 12:10.

2. Affected; conceited. obsolete

Naves Topical Index

Should be supremely set upon God
Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30

Should be set upon:

The commandments of God
Psalms 19:8-10; Psalms 119:20; Psalms 119:97; Psalms 119:103; Psalms 119:167

The house and worship of God
1 Chronicles 29:3; Psalms 26:8; Psalms 27:4; Psalms 84:1-2

The people of God
Psalms 16:3; Romans 12:10; 2 Corinthians 7:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Heavenly things
Colossians 3:1-2

Should be zealously engaged for God
Psalms 69:9; Psalms 119:139; Galatians 4:18

Christ claims the first place in
Matthew 10:37; Luke 14:26

Enkindled by communion with Christ
Luke 24:32

Blessedness of making God the object of
Psalms 91:14

Should not grow cold
Psalms 106:12-13; Matthew 24:12; Galatians 4:15; Revelation 2:4

Of saints, supremely set on God
Psalms 42:1; Psalms 73:25; Psalms 119:10

Of the wicked, not sincerely set on God
Isaiah 58:1-2; Ezekiel 33:31-32; Luke 8:13

Carnal, should be mortified
Romans 8:13; Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:5

Carnal affections crucified in saints
Romans 6:6; Galatians 5:24

False teachers seek to captivate
Galatians 1:10; Galatians 4:17; 2 Timothy 3:6; 2 Peter 2:3; 2 Peter 2:18; Revelation 2:14; Revelation 2:20

Of the wicked, are unnatural and perverted
Romans 1:31; 2 Timothy 3:3; 2 Peter 2:10