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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( adv.) With strong resemblance of life.

(2): ( adv.) In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously.

(3): ( superl.) Endowed with or manifesting life; living.

(4): ( superl.) Representing life; lifelike.

(5): ( superl.) Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.

(6): ( superl.) Brisk; vivacious; active; as, a lively youth.

(7): ( superl.) Gay; airy; animated; spirited.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. Brisk vigorous vivacious active as a lively youth. 2. Gay airy.

From grave to gay, from lively to severe.

3. Representing life as a lively imitation of nature. 4. Animated spirited as a lively strain of eloquence a lively description. 5. Strong energetic as a lively faith or hope a lively persuasion.

Lively stones, in scripture. Saints are called lively stones, as being quickened by the Spirit and active in holiness.

LI'VELY, adv.

1. Briskly vigorously. Little used. 2. With strong resemblance of life.

That part of poetry must needs be best, which describes most lively our actions and passions. Little used.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [3]

LIVELY. In AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘lively’ sometimes means ‘living.’ Thus in   1 Peter 2:5 Christians are ‘lively stones,’ while in the previous verse Christ is a ‘living stone,’ though the Gr. word is the same in both verses. The other passages are   Acts 7:38 ‘lively oracles’ and   1 Peter 1:3 ‘lively hope.’

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [4]

 Acts 7:38 1—Peter 1:3 2:5