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Eternity
Infinite time.
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Eternity
Eternity. Duration of time that cannot be measured.The OT does not have a clearly worked out concept of time; it simply records sequences of events without struggling to understand the philosophical implications of that record. God has revealed himself within the historical realm, implying his control
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Eternity
Eternity For Christians eternity must be defined in accord with biblical and not philosophical categories. While philosophical reflection may clarify such notions as “time” and “infinity,” only a careful attempt to understand the concept of eternity as it is used by the authors of Scripture will enable
Alway
Alway An archaic and poetic form of “always” occurring frequently in the AV (e.g., Ps. 9:18; Mt. 28:20).
Eternal
Eternal [Heb. ʿôlām (Jer. 20:11; Eccl. 12:5), qeḏem (Dt. 33:27); Gk. aió̄n (Mt. 18:8; Mk. 3:29; Jn. 3:15; etc.), aḯdios (Rom. 1:20; Jude 6)]; AV also LONG (Eccl. 12:5), EVERLASTING; NEB also SHALL LONG BE (Jer. 20:11), AGE-LONG (Eph. 3:11), etc.; EVERLASTING [Heb. ʿôlām (Ps. 90:2; etc.), ʿaḏ
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eternity
ETERNITY Duration of time that cannot be measured.The OT does not have a single word corresponding to our English word “eternity.” The concept grows out of such expressions as “from generation to generation” and “from age to age.” The understanding of God as the Creator and controller of history led
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eternity
ETERNITY. In philosophic thought, both ancient and modern, eternity refers to something outside of or in contrast to time. In the biblical usage, however, the Heb. and Gr. terms for eternity always stand for time, either a specific era or a period of unknown and undivided quantity. The emphasis is on
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Eternity
ETERNITY עלםI. The Hebrew term ʿôlām, customarily translated as ‘eternity’, corresponds etymologically with the divine name Oulomos occurring in a Phoenician cosmology attributed to Mochos of Sidon. Although the authenticity of this deity has long been a matter of uncertainty, the occurrence of the
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Eternity, Eternal
Eternity, EternalThe concept of eternity or eternal existence is ambiguous in the NT and the apostolic fathers, referring to two different temporal schemes: one that something exists for the totality of time; the other for the totality of a set period of time, often in terms of beginning from a particular
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Eternity
ETERNITY. This is an essential attribute of God. It is the infinitude of God in relation to duration, as His omnipresence is His infinitude in relation to space. His existence is without beginning and will never end. The thought of this divine attribute is necessarily included in that of God’s absolutely
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Everlasting
Everlastingeternal, applied to God (Gen. 21:33; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 41:13; 90:2). We also read of the “everlasting hills” (Gen. 49:26); an “everlasting priesthood” (Ex. 40:15; Num. 25:13). (See ETERNAL.)
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Eternity
ETERNITY — infinite or unlimited time; time without beginning or end. The Bible speaks of the eternity of God (Ps. 90:2; Is. 57:15; Rev. 1:4). As Creator, He brought the world into being, even before the beginning of time itself (Gen. 1:1).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ETERNITY
ETERNITY<e-tur’-ni-ti> ([עוֹלָם‎, olam]; Greek equivalent, [αἰών, aion]):
ALWAY; ALWAYS
ALWAY; ALWAYS<ol’-way>, <ol’-waz> (archaic and poetic): Properly applied to acts or states perpetually occurring, but not necessarily continuous. In Hebrew, most frequently, תָּמִיד‎ [tamiydh]. In Greek [διὰ παντός, dia pantos], ordinarily expresses continuity. In Matthew 28:20 “alway” the King
ETERNAL
ETERNAL<e-tur’-nal> ([עוֹלָם‎, ̀olam]; [αἰώνιος, aionios], from [αἰών, aion]): The word “eternal” is of very varying import, both in the Scriptures and out of them.
EVERLASTING
EVERLASTING<ev-er-last’-ing> ([עולָם‎, olam], [עַד‎, ̀adh]; [ἀΐδιος, aidios], [αἰώνιος, aionios]): “Everlasting,” in strictness, is that which endures forever; either that which has no beginning and will have no end (in which sense it is applicable to God only), or that which, having a beginning,
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Eternity
EternityBroadly there are four distinct views of eternity. (i) Plato regarded eternity as timelessness. He viewed time as the contingent “moving image” of timeless eternity, beyond the world of change. Eternity thus belonged to the realm of forms or ideas, untouched by the empirical world. (ii) A popular
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Eternity
ETERNITY.—There is no word either in OT Hebrew or in NT Greek corresponding to the abstract idea of eternity.In Is 57:15 both AV and RV have the phrase ‘the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity.’ MT has שֹׁכן עַר, lit. ‘dwelling for ever’—the thought of the writer being evidently the unchangeableness
Key passages
Ec 3:11

He has made everything suitable in its time. He also has put the past in their hearts, yet no one can grasp what God does from the beginning to the end.

Jn 3:16

For in this way God loved the world, so that he gave his one and only Son, in order that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life.

Jn 5:24–25

Truly, truly I say to you that the one who hears my word and who believes the one who sent me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. “Truly, truly I say to you, that an hour is coming—and now is here—when the dead will hear the voice of the Son …

Ro 6:23

For the compensation due sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Co 4:17–18

For our momentary light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure and proportion, because we are not looking at what is seen, but what is not seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is not seen is eternal.

Re 1:8

I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, the one who is and the one who was and the one who is coming, the All-Powerful.

See also
Ge 1:1–13; Ge 3:1–24; Ge 13:1–18; Ge 17:1–27; Ge 21:22–34; Ex 3:1–22; Ex 15:1–19; Dt 32:39–47; Dt 33:1–29; 2 Sa 7:1–17; 2 Ki 2:1–18; 1 Ch 16:7–17:27; 1 Ch 29:10–20; 2 Ch 5:2–6:2; 2 Ch 7:1–11; 2 Ch 20:1–30; Ezr 3:8–13; Ne 9:1–21; Job 10:1–22; Job 36:24–37:24; Ps 9:1–10:18; Ps 16:1–11; Ps 21:1–13; Ps 23:1–6; Ps 29:1–11; Ps 30:1–12; Ps 33:1–22; Ps 37:1–40; Ps 39:1–13; Ps 41:1–13; Ps 44:1–26; Ps 45:1–17; Ps 48:1–14; Ps 49:1–20; Ps 52:1–9; Ps 61:1–8; Ps 66:1–20; Ps 72:1–20; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 89:1–37; Ps 90:1–17; Ps 92:1–93:5; Ps 100:1–5; Ps 102:1–28; Ps 103:1–105:22; Ps 106:24–107:22; Ps 110:1–113:9; Ps 115:1–18; Ps 117:1–118:29; Ps 119:89–96; Ps 119:137–152; Ps 121:1–8; Ps 132:1–18; Ps 133:1–3; Ps 135:1–136:26; Ps 138:1–8; Ps 146:1–10; Ps 148:1–14; Pr 8:22–31; Pr 10:25; Pr 11:19; Pr 12:28; Ec 3:9–15; Is 9:1–7; Is 25:1–26:19; Is 32:16–20; Is 34:1–17; Is 40:1–41:20; Is 43:1–21; Is 44:6–8; Is 45:14–25; Is 48:12–22; Is 51:1–16; Is 54:1–56:8; Is 57:14–21; Is 59:16–21; Is 60:19–61:11; Is 63:7–14; Is 65:17–25; Is 66:14–24; Je 10:1–16; Je 15:10–18; Je 17:1–13; Je 31:1–14; Je 31:31–40; Je 33:1–18; Je 50:1–20; La 3:22–42; La 5:1–22; Eze 16:60–63; Eze 37:15–28; Eze 43:1–12; Da 4:1–18; Da 4:34–37; Da 6:24–28; Da 7:9–28; Da 9:20–27; Da 12:1–13; Ob 10–16; Mic 4:1–5:5; Hab 1:12–2:1; Hab 3:1–16; Zep 2:4–15; Mal 1:2–5; Mt 7:13–14; Mt 17:1–13; Mt 18:6–11; Mt 19:16–30; Mt 22:23–33; Mt 24:32–35; Mt 25:31–46; Mk 3:22–30; Mk 9:1–13; Mk 9:42–48; Mk 10:17–22; Mk 10:28–31; Mk 12:18–27; Mk 13:28–31; Lk 1:26–33; Lk 1:39–56; Lk 9:27–36; Lk 10:25–28; Lk 16:1–13; Lk 18:18–30; Lk 20:27–38; Lk 21:29–33; Jn 1:1–2; Jn 3:1–4:38; Jn 5:22–30; Jn 5:39–47; Jn 6:22–59; Jn 6:67–71; Jn 8:31–38; Jn 8:48–59; Jn 10:1–42; Jn 11:17–27; Jn 12:21–26; Jn 12:44–50; Jn 14:5–7; Jn 17:1–5; Jn 17:20–26; Jn 20:30–31; Ac 13:42–52; Ro 1:18–2:16; Ro 5:12–6:23; Ro 9:1–5; Ro 11:11–36; Ro 16:25–27; 1 Co 2:6–16; 1 Co 13:1–13; 1 Co 15:35–58; 2 Co 4:16–5:8; 2 Co 9:6–15; 2 Co 11:22–33; Ga 1:1–5; Ga 6:6–10; Eph 3:8–21; Php 4:10–20; 1 Th 4:13–5:11; 2 Th 1:3–12; 2 Th 2:13–17; 1 Ti 1:12–17; 1 Ti 4:6–11; 1 Ti 6:11–19; 2 Ti 1:1–2; 2 Ti 1:8–12; 2 Ti 2:1–13; 2 Ti 4:17–18; Tt 1:1–4; Tt 3:1–8; Heb 1:5–14; Heb 5:5–11; Heb 6:1–8; Heb 6:13–7:28; Heb 9:11–15; Heb 13:7–17; Heb 13:20–25; Jas 1:12–18; 1 Pe 1:3–2:3; 1 Pe 3:7; 1 Pe 5:1–11; 2 Pe 1:1–11; 2 Pe 3:1–9; 2 Pe 3:14–18; 1 Jn 1:1–4; 1 Jn 2:12–17; 1 Jn 2:24–27; 1 Jn 3:10–15; 1 Jn 4:7–11; 1 Jn 5:6–13; 1 Jn 5:18–21; 2 Jn 1–3; Jud 5–15; Jud 20–25; Re 1:4–2:11; Re 3:1–6; Re 4:1–11; Re 5:8–14; Re 7:9–17; Re 10:1–7; Re 11:15–19; Re 14:6–13; Re 15:1–16:1; Re 19:1–10; Re 20:7–10; Re 21:1–8; Re 22:1–5; Re 22:12–17;
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