To ease the grief or trouble of someone; console.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Comfort; Consolation
Comfort; Consolation [Heb. nāḥam, neḥāmâ, tanḥûmôṯ, tanḥûmîm, taḥanûmîm (Jer. 3:19), bālag̱ (Job 10:20); Gk. parakaléō, paráklēsis, paramythéomai, paramythía (1 Cor. 14:3), parēgoría (Col. 4:11)]; AV also SUPPLICATIONS (Jer. 31:9); NEB also CONDOLE, CONDOLENCES, ENCOURAGE
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
COMFORT. The OT terms nāḥam,. “to sigh with,” and sā˓ad, “to support and refresh,” imply an expression of sympathy, giving of encouragement. The NT terms express the idea of strengthening, encouragement, speaking with consolation. The most common, parakaleō, means “to call to one’s side” particular
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ConsolationThe love, concern, and comfort extended to someone in time of need. The Hebrew root nḥm is translated “console,” “encourage,” “comfort,” and may appear in relation to sexual relations (Gen. 24:67; 2 Sam. 12:24; Ruth 2:13), wine (alluded to by associating the name Noah with nḥm, “to bring
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Comfortable Words, the
Comfortable Words, the. Four passages from the NT (Mt. 11:28, Jn. 3:16, 1 Tim. 1:15, 1 Jn. 2:1 f.) recited by the celebrant at the Holy Communion in the C of E after the Absolution of the people, to confirm the pardon just given. They are based on Abp. Hermann’s ‘Consultatio’ (1543), where (with
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
COMFORT (Heb. nāḥam, “to comfort,” “give forth sighs”; Gk. parakaleō, to “call alongside,” “help”). Our English word is from Lat. confortare (con fortis), “to strengthen much,” and means to ease, encourage, inspirit, enliven.As pertaining to the life of the believer it is the consolation and support
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONSOLATION — comfort for the devout, mediated by the Holy Spirit (Luke 2:25, NIV).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
ComfortThe Bible is as confident about the possibility of real and lasting comfort in Christ as it is realistic about the sorrows of life: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Mt 5:4 NIV). The essence of comfort is that it is reciprocal: someone extends the comfort, and someone
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMFORT<kum’-fert> ([נָחַם‎, nacham]; [παρακαλέω, parakaleo]): The New Testament word is variously translated, as “comfort,” “exhort,” “beseech,” the exact translation to be determined by the context. Etymologically, it is “to call alongside of,” i.e. to summon for assistance. To comfort is
ALLAY<a-la’> ( הֵנִיחַ‎ [heniach], “to cause to rest,” “soothe”: “Gentleness allayeth (lit., “pacifieth”) great offenses” (Ecclesiastes 10:4)): The word is applied to what “excites, disturbs and makes uneasy” (Smith, Synonyms Discriminated, 106).
CONSOLATION<kon-so-la’-shun> ([παράκλησις, paraklesis]): “Consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25), refers to the fulfillment of the promises in Isaiah 40:1 ff. See COMFORT. “Son of consolation” (Acts 4:36 the King James Version and the American Revised Version, margin).See BARNABAS.
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Consolamentum (consolation).—Ceremony of the Cathari, who rejected the holy sacraments, and the dogmas of the Church. Instead of baptism by water, they had what they called baptism of the Holy Ghost, or the Consolamentum, which, according to their doctrine, freed the receiver from all sin without any
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
comfortism. A contemporary school of ethical thought that determines *right actions by asking, “Are you/am I comfortable with this?” Proponents see their view as the ethical outworking of Jesus’ promise that his yoke would be easy and his burden light. If a proposed action is not favorable to comfort,
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
COMFORT.—The English word ‘comfort’ means being made strong together. The idea seems to be that sorrow weakens or shatters the whole system of the afflicted man, and that the dispelling of his grief braces him up anew. The sore is not merely plastered over or covered with a surface skin, but healed,
SYMPATHY.—The subject of sympathy, considered in its relation to Jesus Christ, is so large as to be almost co-extensive with His whole life and work. The Incarnation and the Atonement, whatever be the exact theological meaning of the two words, are undoubtedly exhibitions of the intense sympathy which
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONSOLATION Comfort which eases grief and pain. The Hebrew terms are closely related to the words for compassion—nichum, nocham. Job’s integrity with God’s instructions gave him consolation despite his grief and pain (Job 6:10). David sent servants to console Hanun, king of Ammon, after his father died
Key passages
Job 42:10–11

Then Yahweh returned Job’s fortune when he prayed to him on behalf of his friends. Thus Yahweh increased all that Job had twice as much as before. So all his brothers and all his sisters and all those who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house and …

Is 40:1–2

“Comfort; comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her, that her compulsory labor is fulfilled, that her sin is paid for, that she has received from the hand of Yahweh double for all her sins.”

Jn 14:16–17

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, in order that he may be with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see him or know him. You know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.

2 Co 1:3–7

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in all affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are …

Php 4:4–7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be made known to all people. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God that …

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