Coercion • Forces
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Force The Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic words that are rendered by the word “force” in the RSV contain either the idea of someone compelling or coercing another to do something against his will or the idea of sheer physical strength. The word has several distinct uses.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FORCES (Heb., specially ḥayil, “strength”). In a military point of view it is applied to army, fortifications, etc. In Isa. 60:5, 11, KJV, the phrase “forces of the Gentiles” seems to be used in its widest sense to denote not only the subjugation of the heathen but also the consecration of their wealth
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Forcesof the Gentiles (Isa. 60:5, 11; R.V., “the wealth of the nations”) denotes the wealth of the heathen. The whole passage means that the wealth of the Gentile world should be consecrated to the service of the church.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FORCES<for’-sis> ([חַיִל‎, chayil]):1. The word is used as a military term, equivalent to army, in 2 Ki 25:23, 16 (where the King James Version reads “armies”); 2 Ch 17:2; Jer 40:7, etc.See ARMY.2. In Isa 60:5, 11, it is rendered in the Revised Version (British and American) by “wealth,”
Compton’s Encyclopedia
forceA force is an action that changes or maintains the motion of a body or object. Simply stated, a force is a push or a pull. Forces can change an object’s speed, its direction, and even its shape. Pushing a door open, pulling it closed, stretching a rubber band—all of these actions require force.
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
force. In its most rudimentary form, energy or *power that acts effectively. Force is also the use of physical power or persuasion either to make someone do something or to prevent them from doing something; in other words, to coerce or to constrain. The concept raises the ethical question as to whether
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
FORCE.—1. Force, as defined by modern science, is inherent in matter and inseparable from it. It is defined also as the power of doing work. The modes and the effects of its activities are mechanical. It can neither exist nor act, therefore, within the moral sphere of the universe. And from this fact
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
FORCES, fōrʹsis (חַיִל‎, ḥayil):(1) The word is used as a military term, equivalent to army, in 2 K 25:23, 26 (where AV reads “armies”): 2 Ch 17:2; Jer 40:7, etc. See Army.(2) In Isa 60:5, 11, it is rendered in RV by “wealth,” and in Ob ver 11, by “substance.”Two other Heb words are also trd “forces”