The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Conviction [Gk. plērophoría, élenchos]; AV ASSURANCE (1 Thess. 1:5), EVIDENCE (He. 11:1); NEB also “makes us certain” (He. 11:1), As in 1 Cor. 2:4, so in 1 Thess. 1:5 Paul says that the gospel comes not as mere words but also “in power and in the Holy Spirit,” and here he adds plērophoría pollḗ,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONVICTION. Used only in the NT and primarily with the meaning of bringing one to a realization of his own guilt or attempting to do so. The Gr. word elegchō is variously translated in the KJV by “convict,” “convince,” “reprove,” “rebuke,” and “tell one’s fault.” The various means by which conviction
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CONVICTION (Gk. elegchō, to “convict,” “reprove,” John 8:46, KJV, “convinceth”; NIV, “prove”; in 1 Cor. 14:24, KJV and NIV, “convinced” is in RV “reproved”; etc.). The meaning of conviction as a law term is being found guilty. In common language it means being persuaded or convinced. In theology it
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CONVICT; CONVICTION<kon-vikt’>, <kon-vik’-shun> ([ἐλέγχω, elegcho] and compounds, “to prove guilty”): Usual translation of English Versions of the Bible, where the King James Version has “convince,” as in John 8:46; Titus 1:9; James 2:9; once also replacing the King James Version “reprove” (John
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONVICTION Sense of guilt and shame leading to repentance. The words “convict” and “conviction” do not appear in the KJV. The word “convince” (KJV) comes closest to expressing the meaning of “conviction.”The Hebrew word yakah expresses the idea of conviction. It means “to argue with,” “to prove,” “to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Convict, Conviction
CONVICT, kon-viktʹ, CONVICTION, kon-vikʹ-shun (ἐλέγχω, elégchō, and compounds, “to prove guilty”): Usual tr of EV, where AV has “convince,” as in Jn 8:46; Tit 1:9; Jas 2:9; once also replacing AV “reprove” (Jn 16:8), while RV changes AV “convince” into “reprove” in 1 Cor 14:24. It always implies the
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
ConvictionWithin the conception of the conversion process handed down to Edwards through his Reformed and Puritan heritage, the first step a sinner takes, in understanding that the preaching of the Word is the instrument to accomplish salvation, is conviction. Within the spiritual morphology that he
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CONVICTION [πληροφορία plērophoria, ἔλεγχος elenchos]. The full certainty with which Paul delivered his message (1 Thess 1:5); assurance concerning things unseen (Col 2:2; Heb 6:11; 10:22; 11:1). See BOLDNESS, CONFIDENCE IN FAITH; COURAGE.
Key passages
Jn 16:7–11

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment: concerning sin, because …

1 Co 14:24–26

But if all prophesy, and some unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is judged by all, the secret things of his heart become evident, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God, proclaiming, “God is truly among you!” …

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