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Compel
Compulsion
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Compel
Compel In the AV “compel” does not always have the strong significance it has today; cf. 1 S. 28:23 (Heb. pāraṣ), where the RSV replaces it with “urge,” and Acts 26:11, where AV “compelled” (Gk. ēnánkazon) is in the RSV “tried to make” (so also NEB), and perhaps 2 Ch. 21:11; Lk. 14:23. See also
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Compel
COMPEL. The English word carries the ideas both of force and persuasion. Several words convey various aspects of these ideas. (1) It may mean “to urge or constrain” (1 Sam 28:23); (2) “to force” (2 Chr 21:11), “to press” (Est 1:8), “impress” for service (Mt 5:41; 27:32), “to constrain” by force or entreaty
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMPEL
COMPEL<kom-pel’>: Our English word always has in it now the flavor of force, not always, however, physical. It may be strong moral urgency, though “constrain” better expresses this.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Compel
COMPEL, kom-pelʹ: Our Eng. word always has in it now the flavor of force, not always, however, physical. It may be strong moral urgency, though “constrain” better expresses this.