The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DISCOURAGEMENT. Denoting loss of courage, biblical discouragement stems from lack of faith in God’s promise. The Gadites and Reubenites discourage (noʾ נוֹא) the Israelites from entering the promised land (Num 32:1–15). This rebellious act is interpreted in Deuteronomy as a lack of trust in God: the
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2 Co 7:5–7

For even when we arrived in Macedonia, our body had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—quarrels outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted among you, because …

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