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Desire
Aspiration
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Desire
Desire. To long for, want, or covet; also the object so desired. The word “desire” occurs many times in the kjv. As a noun it translates 12 Hebrew words and 3 Greek words. As a verb it represents about 12 each of Hebrew and Greek verbs. Some of the original words simply mean “ask” or “seek,” and are
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Desire
Desire [Heb. ḥāp̱ēṣ, ḥēp̱ēṣ, ḥāmaḏ, maḥmaḏ (Ezk. 24:16, 21, 25), ’āwâ, ’awwâ, ta’a, ma’awayyîm (Ps. 140:8 [MT 9], nep̱eš (Jer. 34:16), tešûqâ, ḥāšaq (Dt. 21:11), ḥēšeq, rāṣôn, also aḇiyônâ (Eccl. 12:5), bāḥur (2 S. 19:38 [MT 39]), šā’al, miš’ālâ (Ps.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Desire
DESIRE To long for, want, or covet; also the object so desired. The word “desire” occurs many times in the kjv. As a noun it translates 12 Hebrew words and 3 Greek words. As a verb it represents about 12 each of Hebrew and Greek verbs. Some of the original words simply mean “ask” or “seek,” and are translated
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Desire
DESIRE. For the occurrence of this word translating Heb. ˒ăbı̂yônâ in Eccl 12:5 (KJV, RSV) see Plants: Caperberry.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Desire
DESIRE. In their numerous references to ‘desire’ the OT and NT provide many acute and incisive psychological insights. Indeed both by the diversity of the vocabulary of ‘desire’, and the manner of handling it, the Bible makes plain an important part of its doctrine of man.In the OT ‘desire’ means much
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DESIRE
DESIRE<de-zir’>: The verb “to desire” in the Scriptures usually means “to long for,” “to ask for,” “to demand,” and may be used in a good or bad sense (compare Deuteronomy 7:25 the King James Version). the Revised Version (British and American) frequently renders the more literal meaning of
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Desire
DESIRE.—‘Our nature corresponds to our external condition. Without this correspondence there would be no possibility of any such thing as human life and human happiness: which life and happiness are, therefore, a result from our nature and condition jointly: meaning by human life, not living in the literal
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Desire
desire. There are many biblical words (and expressions) that can be translated into English as “desire,” including Hebrew taʾăwâ H9294 (e.g., Ps. 10:17) and Greek epithymia G2123 (e.g., Gal. 5:16). (For other terms in this semantic field, see NIDOTTE, 5:57; NIDNTT, 1:456–61; LN, 1:288–96.) See also
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Desire
Desire. In recent years systematic theology has reclaimed desire as a Christian concept. Evangelical theology of the twentieth century often saw desire in negative terms and sometimes nearly equated desire with sinful sexual lust, but current evangelical theology tends to join in reassessing desire as
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Desire
DESIRE, dē̇-zīrʹ: The vb. “to desire” in the Scriptures usually means “to long for,” “to ask for,” “to demand,” and may be used in a good or bad sense (cf Dt 7:25 AV). RV frequently renders the more literal meaning of the Heb. Cf Job 20:20, “delight”; Prov 21:20, “precious”; Ps 40:6, “delight”; αἰτέω,
Key passages
Ps 37:4

Take pleasure in Yahweh as well, and he will give to you the requests of your heart.

Eph 2:3

among whom also we all formerly lived in the desires of our flesh, doing the will of the flesh and of the mind, and we were children of wrath by nature, as also the rest of them were.

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Topics & Themes