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Piety is from the Latin word pietas, which means honour and respect toward a parent, but has come to be used for the devout worship of God.


Piety Piety is used only once in the King James Version of The Bible, in its literal meaning of honour and respect toward elders:

"Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God." (1 Timothy 5:1-4 KJV)

The principle of God and His children's love and respect toward Him:

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3:1-2 RSV)

"The elder to the elect lady [i.e. the church - see The Elect and What Is The Church?] and her children [i.e. the saints - see What Is A Saint?], whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us for ever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new Commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we follow His Commandments [see The Ten Commandments and The Ten Commandments Now?]; this is the Commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love." (2 John 1:1-6 RSV)

Fact Finder: What is meant by the Biblical term "children of God"?
See Children Of God

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