|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (superl.) Pure; unmixed; unadulterated.
2. (superl.) Whole; perfect; unhurt; uninjured.
3. (superl.) Being in reality what it appears to be; having a character which corresponds with the appearance; not falsely assumed; genuine; true; real; as, a sincere desire for knowledge; a sincere contempt for meanness.
4. (superl.) Honest; free from hypocrisy or dissimulation; as, a sincere friend; a sincere person.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
sin-ser', sin-ser'-i-ti (tamim; aphtharsia, eilikrineia): "Sincerity" occurs once in the Old Testament as the translation of tamim, "complete," "entire," "sincere," etc. (Joshua 24:14); the same word is translated "sincerity" (Judges 9:16, 19, the Revised Version (British and American) "uprightly"). Four different words are rendered "sincere," "sincerely" "sincerity," in the New Testament: adolos, "without guile," "unadulterated," "desire the sincere milk of the word" (1 Peter 2:2 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "the spiritual," the American Revised Version margin "Greek, `belonging to the reason'; compare Romans 12:1," the English Revised Version margin reasonable"), "milk which is without guile," with no other purpose but to nourish and benefit the soul (Alford); hagnos, "without blame," "pure," "preach Christ.... not sincerely" (Philippians 1:17); aphtharsia, "without corruption" (Ephesians 6:24, the King James Version "that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity," the American Standard Revised Version "with a love incorruptible," margin " `in incorruption.' See Romans 2:7," the English Revised Version "uncorruptness"; Titus 2:7, the King James Version "shewing uncorruptness.... sincerity," the Revised Version (British and American) "uncorruptness"); gnesios, "not spurious" (2 Corinthians 8:8); eilikrines, literally, judged of in the sunlight, hence, "clear," "manifest" (Philippians 1:10); eilikrineia, with same meaning, is translated "sincerity" (1 Corinthians 5:8 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 2:17).
The Revised Version (British and American) has "sincere" for "pure" (2 Peter 3:1), "sincerely" for "clearly" (Job 33:3).
In The Wisdom of Solomon 7:25 we have eilikrines in the description of Wisdom as a "pure influence," the Revised Version (British and American) "clear effluence."
W. L. Walker
Sincere (18 Occurrences)
Luke 20:20 They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor. (See RSV)
Acts 2:46 Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, (See NIV)
Romans 12:9 Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right. (WEY NIV)
2 Corinthians 6:6 in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, (WEB WEY NIV)
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent in his craftiness deceived Eve, so your minds may be led astray from their single-heartedness and their fidelity to Christ. (See RSV NIV)
Philippians 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ; (WEB KJV ASV WBS NAS)
1 Timothy 1:5 But the end sought to be secured by exhortation is the love which springs from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith. (WEY NAS RSV NIV)
1 Timothy 3:8 Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money; (See NIV)
2 Timothy 1:5 For I recall the sincere faith which is in your heart--a faith which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and then in your mother Eunice, and, I am fully convinced, now dwells in you also. (WEY NAS RSV NIV)
Hebrews 10:22 Let us go in with true hearts, in certain faith, having our hearts made free from the sense of sin and our bodies washed with clean water: (See NAS NIV)
James 3:17 The wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceful, courteous, not self-willed, full of compassion and kind actions, free from favouritism and from all insincerity. (See NIV)
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently: (WEB WEY NAS RSV NIV)
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (KJV)
2 Peter 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you; (WEB ASV NAS RSV)
Psalms 2:12 Give sincere homage, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him. (WEB)
Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way; But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. (See JPS)
Proverbs 29:10 The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek his life. (See JPS)
Daniel 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves to them with flatteries. (See NIV)