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International Standard Bible EncyclopediaCONFESSION
kon-fesh'-un (yadhah; homologeo, and their derivatives): The radical meaning is "acknowledgment," "avowal," with the implication of a change of conviction or of course of conduct on the part of the subject. In English "profession" (the King James Version 1 Timothy 6:12 Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 4:14), besides absence of the thought just suggested, emphasizes the publicity of the act. Confession, like its Greek equivalent, connotes, as its etymology shows (Latin, con; Greek, homou), that the act places one in harmony with others. It is the uniting in a statement that has previously been made by someone else. Of the two Greek words from the same root in the New Testament, the compound with the Greek preposition ek found, among other places, in Matthew 3:6 Acts 19:18 Romans 14:11 Philippians 2:11, implies that it has come from an inner impulse, i.e. it is the expression of a conviction of the heart. It is referred anthropopathically to God in Job 40:14, where Yahweh says to the patriarch sarcastically: "Then will I also confess of (unto) thee"; and in Revelation 3:5, where it means "to recognize" or "acknowledge."
Easton's Bible Dictionary(1) An open profession of faith (Luke 12:8).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (n.) Acknowledgment; avowal, especially in a matter pertaining to one's self; the admission of a debt, obligation, or crime.
2. (n.) Acknowledgment of belief; profession of one's faith.
3. (n.) The act of disclosing sins or faults to a priest in order to obtain sacramental absolution.
4. (n.) A formulary in which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed, as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith.
5. (n.) An admission by a party to whom an act is imputed, in relation to such act. A judicial confession settles the issue to which it applies; an extrajudicial confession may be explained or rebutted.
Greek3671. homologia -- an agreement, confession
... an agreement, confession. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: homologia
Phonetic Spelling: (hom-ol-og-ee'-ah) Short Definition: a profession ...
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4774. suggnome -- confession, fellow feeling
3670. homologeo -- to speak the same, to agree
3672. homologoumenos -- as agreed, by common consent
4696. spilos -- a spot, stain
Strong's Hebrew8426. todah -- thanksgiving
... Word Origin from yadah Definition thanksgiving NASB Word Usage choir (1), choirs
(2), confession (1), hymns of thanksgiving (1), praise (1), sacrifices of ...
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3034. yadah -- to throw, cast
8427. tavah -- to make or set a mark
The Belgic Confession
The Confession of St. Patrick
The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
The Augsburg Confession of Faith
Confession and Absolution
Whether Confession is an Act of the virtue of Penance?
Augsburg Confession of Faith.
ThesaurusConfession (22 Occurrences)
... which the articles of faith are comprised; a creed to be assented to or signed,
as a preliminary to admission to membership of a church; a confession of faith. ...
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Bible ConcordanceConfession (22 Occurrences)
Matthew 3:6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, making full confession of their sins. (WEY)
Mark 1:5 There went out to him people of all classes from Judaea, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem of all ranks, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, making open confession of their sins. (WEY)
Romans 10:10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 14:11 for it is written, "'As I live,' says the Lord, 'to Me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall make confession to God.'" (WEY)
2 Corinthians 9:13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all; (WEB ASV YLT NAS NIV)
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)
1 Timothy 6:13 I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus; (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Hebrews 4:14 Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession. (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Hebrews 10:23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful. (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Hebrews 13:15 Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name. (ASV)
Joshua 7:19 Joshua said to Achan, "My son, please give glory to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and make confession to him. Tell me now what you have done! Don't hide it from me!" (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
2 Chronicles 30:22 Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites who had good understanding in the service of Yahweh. So they ate throughout the feast for the seven days, offering sacrifices of peace offerings, and making confession to Yahweh, the God of their fathers. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Ezra 10:1 Now while Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there was gathered together to him out of Israel a very great assembly of men and women and children; for the people wept very sore. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)
Ezra 10:11 Now therefore make confession to Yahweh, the God of your fathers, and do his pleasure; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the foreign women. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Nehemiah 9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the Law of the LORD their God a fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and prostrated themselves before the LORD their God. (See RSV NIV)
Psalms 26:7 To sound with a voice of confession, And to recount all Thy wonders. (YLT)
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, And mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah; And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah (See JPS)
Psalms 42:4 These I remember, and pour out my soul in me, For I pass over into the booth, I go softly with them unto the house of God, With the voice of singing and confession, The multitude keeping feast! (YLT)
Psalms 50:14 Sacrifice to God confession, And complete to the Most High thy vows. (YLT)
Isaiah 51:3 For Jehovah hath comforted Zion, He hath comforted all her wastes, And He setteth her wilderness as Eden, And her desert as a garden of Jehovah, Joy, yea, gladness is found in her, Confession, and the voice of song. (YLT)
Daniel 9:4 I prayed to Yahweh my God, and made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love him and keep his commandments, (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)