Acceptance, satisfaction with one’s situation.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Content; Contentment
Content; Contentment The Heb. yā’al is used in the somewhat stylized expression “content to dwell” in Ex. 2:21; Josh. 7:7; Jgs. 17:11, where it means little more than “be willing,” “agree,” “be (so) disposed.” In Lev. 10:20, “content” translates yāṭaḇ be‘ênê, “be good in the eyes”; the NEB has
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONTENTMENT. “The acceptance of ‘things as they are’ as the wise and loving providence of a God who knows what is good for us, who so loves us as always to seek our good” (IDB).Moses was content to dwell with Jethro (Ex 2:21). The brothers of Joseph were pleased to listen to Judah in selling Joseph
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CONTENTMENT. The noun ‘contentment’ occurs only once in rsv (1 Tim. 6:6), but its Gk. equivalent autarkeia appears also in 2 Cor. 9:8 as ‘enough’; the adjective autarkēs in Phil. 4:11 and the verb arkeō in Lk. 3:14; 1 Tim. 6:8; Heb. 13:5; 3 Jn. 10; see also 2 Cor. 12:9, ‘is sufficient’. autarkeia denotes
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CONTENTMENT (Gk. autarkeia). The word means “sufficiency” and is so rendered in 2 Cor. 9:8. It is that disposition of mind in which one is, through grace, independent of outward circumstances (Phil. 4:11; 1 Tim. 6:6, 8), so as not to be moved by envy (James 3:16), anxiety (Matt. 6:24, 34), and discontent
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Contentmenta state of mind in which one’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be (1 Tim. 6:6; 2 Cor. 9:8). It is opposed to envy (James 3:16), avarice (Heb. 13:5), ambition (Prov. 13:10), anxiety (Matt. 6:25, 34), and repining (1 Cor. 10:10). It arises from the inward disposition, and is
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONTENTMENT — freedom from anxiety or worry (1 Tim. 6:6). The idea of contentment comes from a Greek word that means “independence” or “self-sufficiency.” But the apostle Paul used the word in a Christian sense to show that real satisfaction or sufficiency comes from God: “I can do all things through
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CONTENT; CONTENTMENT<kon-tent’>, <kon-tent’-ment> ([יַעַל‎, yàal]; [ἀρκέω, arkeo]): To be free from care because of satisfaction with what is already one’s own. The Hebrew means simply “to be pleased.” The Greek brings out the full force of the word in 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5. Contentment
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONTENTMENT Internal satisfaction which does not demand changes in external circumstances. The NT expresses this with the Greek word arkeo and its derivatives. Hebrews 13:5 summarizes the teaching in advising believers to be free of the love of money and to depend on God’s promise not to forsake His
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
contentment. The state of being content or satisfied (Gk. autarrkeia G894; note also the cognate verb arkeō G758 and the adjective autarkēs G895). It is a virtue enjoined by the Scriptures upon believers ( Lk. 3:14; Heb. 13:5), is intimately associated with godliness (1 Tim. 6:6), and is a marked feature
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Content, Contentment
CONTENT, kon-tentʹ, CONTENTMENT, kon-tentʹment (יַעַל‎, ya‛al; ἀρκέω, arkéō): To be free from care because of satisfaction with what is already one’s own. The Heb means simply “to be pleased.” The Gr brings out the full force of the word in 1 Tim 6:8; He 13:5. Contentment (1 Tim 6:6) is more inward
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CONTENTMENT [ἀρκέω arkeō, αὐταρκείας autarkeias, αὐτάρκης autarkēs, εὐδοκέω eudokeō]. Contentment describes an attitude of mind that is characterized by freedom from anxiety or discomfort over one’s circumstances in life. In modern secular thought, contentment has been associated with having
Key passages
Ec 5:18

Look! I have discovered what is good and fitting: to eat and to drink and to enjoy all the fruit of the toil with which one toils under the sun during the number of the days of his life that God gives to him—for this is his lot.

Lk 3:14

And those who served in the army were also asking him, saying, “What should we also do?” And he said to them, “Extort from no one, and do not blackmail anyone, and be content with your pay.”

Php 4:10–13

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your concern for me, for whom also you were thinking, but you had no opportunity to express it. Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know …

1 Ti 6:6–8

But godliness with contentment is a great means of gain. For we have brought nothing into the world, so that neither can we bring anything out. But if we have food and clothing, with these things we will be content.

Heb 13:5

Your lifestyle must be free from the love of money, being content with what you have. For he himself has said, “I will never desert you, and I will never abandon you.”

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