The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Contrite [Heb. dakkā́-‘bruised’] (Ps. 51:17; Isa. 57:15); NEB BROKEN; [nāḵēh] (Isa. 66:2); NEB DISTRESSED. A contrite heart or spirit is one in which the natural pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt. The theological term “contrition” designates more
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONTRITION. Found only in the OT in KJV (cf. (Ps 34:18; Isa 57:15; Ps 51:17; Isa 66:2). The literal meaning of the word is to be bruised or broken. Biblical usage is limited to a description of the worshiper who approaches God with a “crushed” spirit over his sins. The implication is always that God
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
contrition (Lat. contritio, ‘a wearing away of something hard’). Contrition is a form of interior repentance, defined by the Council of *Trent as ‘sorrow of heart and detestation of sin committed, with the purpose of not sinning in future’ (sess. 14, cap. 4). Moral theologians commonly hold that to
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONTRITE — the kind of spirit, or heart, pleasing and acceptable to God (Ps. 34:18; crushed, NRSV, NIV, REB, NASB; Ps. 51:17). People who have a contrite spirit weep over wrongdoing and express genuine sorrow for their sins (see also Matt. 5:4; Luke 6:21; 2 Cor. 7:10).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Contrite, Contrition
Contrite, ContritionIn English Bibles the words contrite or *broken (in reference to the heart/spirit) occur a relatively few number of times, but the concept of humility and acceptance of divine providence born out of trials is quite prominent. Throughout Scripture the theme is repeated that the contrite
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CONTRITE; CONTRITION<kon’-trit>, <kontrish’-un> ([דּכָּא‎, dakka’], “bruise”): Only in Old Testament (Psalm 34:18; Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15); [נָכֵה‎, nakheh], “smitten” (Isaiah 66:2). Contrite, “crushed,” is only the superlative of “broken”; “a contrite heart” is “a heart broken to
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Contrition. According to the teaching of the Lutheran Church, repentance consists of two parts, Contrition and Faith (Aug. Conf.) XII.). Contrition is hatred of sin and grief for it; “the true terror of conscience which feels that God is angry with sin, and which grieves that it has sinned” (Apology,
A Catholic Dictionary
contrition, in its widest sense, is defined by the Council of Trent as “grief of mind and detestation of sin committed, with a purpose of sinning no more.” Thus understood, it includes attrition [see the article]; but in its narrower sense contrition is used for that sorrow for sin which arises from
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONTRITE To be humble and repentant before God, crushed by the sense of guilt and sinfulness. This OT concept is expressed by the Hebrew word daqaq and its derivatives. The basic meaning is to be crushed or beaten to pieces. This meaning appears in the crushing of the golden calf (Exod. 32:20) or the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
contrite. This English term is found a few times in the OT as the rendering of Hebrew terms that mean literally “crushed” or “stricken” (e.g., dākâ H1920, Ps. 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; / a broken and contrite heart, / O God, you will not despise”; cf. 34:18). The contrite spirit
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Contrite, Contrition
CONTRITE, konʹtrīt, CONTRITION, kontrishʹun (דּכָּא‎, dakkā’, “bruise”): Only in OT (Ps 34:18; Ps 51:17; Isa 57:15); נָכֵה‎, nākhēh, “smitten” (Isa 66:2). Contrite, “crushed,” is only the superlative of “broken”; “a contrite heart” is “a heart broken to pieces.” In Holy Scripture, the heart is the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CONTRITE [דָּכָאdakhaʾ, דָּכָהdakhah, נָכֵהnakheh]. The “contrite” are those “crushed” in “spirit” (Isa 66:2) or “heart” (Ps 51:17; also Pr Azar 1:16 [LXX 3:39]) by an awareness of their own or their people’s sin and liability for divine judgment. God finds such contrition more acceptable than cultic