Forbearance • Forbearance of God • Forbearance toward Others
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Forbear [Heb. ḥāḏal (e.g., 1 K. 22:6; Job 16:6); NEB REFRAIN, BE SILENT; [Gk. aníēmi] (Eph. 6:9); NEB “give up”; FORBEARING [Gk. anéchomai] (Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13); [makrothyméō] (2 Pet. 3:9); AV LONGSUFFERING; NEB VERY PATIENT; [anexíkakos] (2 Tim. 2:24); AV PATIENT; NEB KINDLY; FORBEARANCE
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
forbearance, restraint with regard to punishment or vengeance. Though this could be a human virtue (akin to showing mercy), in the nrsv forbearance is attributed only to God. In Jer. 15:15 it describes God’s allowing a prophet added life to complete his mission. In Rom. 2:4, Paul says that God’s forbearance,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FORBEARANCE. This noun translates the Gr. anochē in its two occurrences in the NT. The word literally means “holding back,” “stopping” (especially hostilities), and thus was frequently used for an armistice or truce. In Rom 2:4 the delay in a just God’s inflicting wrath or punishment on the sinner is
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FORBEARANCE (Gk. anochē, a “holding back, delaying,” Rom. 2:4; 3:25). “The forbearance of God and his long suffering—the two terms exhausting the one idea—denote the disposition of God, in accordance with which he indulgently tolerates sins and delays their punishment” (Meyer, Com., ad loc.). Philippians
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FORBEAR<for-bar’> ([חָדַּל‎, chadhal]; [ἀνέχομαι, anechomai]): In the Old Testament chadhal, “to leave off,” is the word most frequently translated “forbear” (Ex 23:5, etc.); damam, “to be silent,” chasakh, “to keep back,” mashakh, “to draw or stretch out,” occur once each; the Revised
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FORBEARANCE Specifically, a refraining from the enforcement of a punishment; generally, a synonym for patience. Forbearance makes it possible to influence a ruler (Prov. 25:15 NASB; patience, NIV, NRSV, HCSB; patient persuasion, TEV). Jeremiah prayed that God not take him away in His forbearance (15:15
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
forbearance. Restraint and leniency in the face of provocation. In its religious meaning, forbearance or patience is characteristic of the God of biblical revelation. Yahweh, the God of Israel, was extremely patient with the perverse and recalcitrant people he had elected. In their wickedness he bore
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
FORBEAR, for-bârʹ (חָדַל‎, ḥādhal; ἀνέχομαι, anéchomai): In the OT ḥādhal, “to leave off,” is the word most frequently trd “forbear” (Ex 23:5, etc); dāmam, “to be silent,” ḥāsakh, “to keep back,” māshakh, “to draw or stretch out,” occur once each; RV renders Ezk 24:17 (dāmam), “Sigh, but not
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FORBEARANCE [חָדַלkhadhal; ἀνεξίκακος anexikakos]. As a translation of khadhal, forbear sometimes means “cease” or “desist from” (or refers to the exercising of patience or self-restraint, by human beings or God, in a variety of contexts. Where “forbearance” (in the sense of “patience” or “self-restraint”)