Quick Facts

  • Pronunciation: ä-pā-thā’s
  • Strong’s Concordance: #G3876
    • a hearing amiss
    • disobedience
  • Appears 3 times in3 verses in the New Testament
  • Common translations:
    • “disobedience/disobedient” (10x)
    • “do/does not obey” (3x)
    • “disbelieved” (1)

How parakoē is used in the New Testament

  1. Romans 5:19 NASB – “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”

  2. 2 Corinthians 10:6 NASB – “and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”

  3. Hebrews 2:2 NASB – “or if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,”

My observations and perspective

In each of the 3 occurrences of this word, the obvious context for the disobedience is pertaining to those who disobey God.

In none of the the above-instances is the disobedience referring to the authority of local church leaders, but the authority of God.


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