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Importunity
Importunity in Prayer
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Importunity
Importunity[Gk anaídeia]; NEB VERY SHAMELESSNESS. Occurring only in Lk. 11:8, this Greek word implies an element of impudent insistence to the point of shamelessness that the English “importunity” does not fully express. This weakens the parable’s argument, which is that if by shameless insistence
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Importunity
IMPORTUNITY. The Gr. anaideia, “shamelessness,” “impudence,” “importunity,” appears only in Lk 11:8, to describe a person who is persistent in his entreaties and exemplifies perseverance in prayer (cf. Lk 18:1–8; 1 Thess 5:17).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Importunity
IMPORTUNITY — KJV word for persistence in making a request or demand. In Jesus’ parable of the persistent friend (Luke 11:5–8), a man was rewarded for his importunity (persistence, NKJV, NASB; boldness, NIV; persistence, REB) because he kept knocking on the door. Jesus applied this truth to the need
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
IMPORTUNITY
IMPORTUNITY<im-por-tu’-ni-ti>: Occurs only in Lk 11:8, where it is the rendering of [ἀναίδεια, anaideia] (Westcott-Hort, [ἀναιδία, anaidia]). This Greek word implies an element of impudent insistence rising to the point of shamelessness which the English word “importunity” fails to express,
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Importunity
IMPORTUNITY.—The only passage in the EV where this word is found is Lk 11:9 ‘Because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needeth.’ This rendering dates from Tindale (1526). Wyclif (1380) has ‘his contynuel axynge.’ Good modern translations are ‘persistency’ (Weymouth), ‘persistence’ [Twentieth
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Importunity
IMPORTUNITY Troublesome urgency; excessive persistence. In Luke 11:8 importunity results in a favorable response to a midnight request for bread (KJV, RSV). Many modern translations read persistence (HCSB, NASB, NRSV, REB). The literal meaning of the term is shamelessness (NEB; cp. TEV: “not ashamed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Importunity
IMPORTUNITY, im-por-tūʹni-ti: Occurs only in Lk 11:8, where it is the rendering of ἀναίδεια, anaídeia (WH, ἀναιδία, anaidía). This Gr word implies an element of impudent insistence rising to the point of shamelessness which the Eng. word “importunity” fails to express, thus weakening the argument
Key passages
Lk 11:8

I tell you, even if he does not give him anything after he gets up because he is his friend, at any rate because of his impudence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.