What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
c.1200, from god + Middle English -hede, cognate with -hood and German -heit. Along with maidenhead, this is the sole survival of this form of the suffix. Old English had godhad "divine nature."
(Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9), the essential being or the nature of God.