Despair
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Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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1 Corinthians 10:13
There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
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Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
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Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Hopelessness; despondency; discouragement.

2. (v. t.) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of.

3. (v. t.) To cause to despair.

4. (n.) Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.

5. (n.) That which is despaired of.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DESPAIR

de-spar': The substantive only in 2 Corinthians 4:8, "perplexed, but not in (the Revised Version (British and American) "yet not unto") despair," literally, "being at a loss, but not utterly at a loss." "Unto despair" here conveys the force of the Greek prefix ex ("utterly," "out and out"). Desperate, in Job 6:26 Isaiah 17:11. In the latter instance, the Hebrew adjective is derived from a verb = "to be sick," and the literally, rendering would be "incurable" (compare Job 34:6, "my wound is incurable"). Desperately in Jeremiah 17:9 the King James Version, where the heart is said to be "desperately (i.e. incurably) wicked" or "sick."

Greek
1820. exaporeo -- to be utterly at a loss, be in despair
... to be utterly at a loss, be in despair. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: exaporeo
Phonetic Spelling: (ex-ap-or-eh'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I am utterly ...
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560. apelpizo -- to despair of
... to despair of. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: apelpizo Phonetic Spelling:
(ap-el-pid'-zo) Short Definition: I despair Definition: I give up in despair ...
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524. apalgeo -- to cease to feel pain for
... cease to care, become callous Definition: (lit: I cease to feel [my] pain), am past
feeling, cease to care (suggesting sometimes despair, sometimes recklessness ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2976. yaash -- to despair
... yaash. 2977 . to despair. Transliteration: yaash Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-ash')
Short Definition: hopeless. ... cause to despair, one that is desperate, be no hope. ...
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4531a. massah -- despair
... massah. 4531b . despair. Transliteration: massah Short Definition: despair. Word
Origin from masas Definition despair NASB Word Usage despair (1). 4531, 4531a ...
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4531. maccah -- despair
... 4530, 4531. maccah. 4531a . despair. Transliteration: maccah Phonetic Spelling:
(mas-saw') Short Definition: temptation. temptation, trial ...
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7817. shachach -- to bow, be bowed down, crouch
... shachach. 7818 . to bow, be bowed down, crouch. Transliteration: shachach Phonetic
Spelling: (shaw-khakh') Short Definition: despair. Word Origin a prim. ...
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1671. deabon -- faintness, languishing
... 1670, 1671. deabon. 1672 . faintness, languishing. Transliteration: deabon
Phonetic Spelling: (deh-aw-bone') Short Definition: despair. ...
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Library

Whether Despair is a Sin?
... OF DESPAIR (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether despair is a sin? Objection 1: It would
seem that despair is not a sin. For every sin includes ...
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Question Twenty of Despair
... Question Twenty OF DESPAIR. OF DESPAIR We must now consider the vices opposed to
the virtue of hope. The first of these is despair. The second is presumption. ...
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Whether Despair is the Greatest of Sins?
... OF DESPAIR (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether despair is the greatest of sins? Objection
1: It would seem that despair is not the greatest of sins. ...
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Whether Despair is Contrary to Hope?
... OF THE IRASCIBLE PASSIONS, AND FIRST, OF HOPE AND DESPAIR (EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether
despair is contrary to hope? ... Therefore despair is not contrary to hope. ...
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Whether Despair Arises from Sloth?
... OF DESPAIR (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether despair arises from sloth? Objection
1: It would seem that despair does not arise from sloth. ...
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Whether Despair is the Greatest of Sins
... Article Three Whether Despair is the Greatest of Sins. Whether Despair is the Greatest
of Sins ... 1. It seems that despair is not the greatest of sins. ...
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Whether Despair is a Sin
... Article One Whether Despair is a Sin. Whether Despair is a Sin We proceed to
the first article thus: 1. It seems that despair is not a sin. ...
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Of Despair (Four Articles)
... OF DESPAIR (FOUR ARTICLES). We must now consider the contrary vices;
(1) despair; (2) presumption. ... (1) Whether despair is a sin? ...
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The Despair of Judas
... CHAPTER XIV. The Despair of Judas. Whilst the Jews were conducting Jesus
to Pilate, the traitor Judas walked about listening to the ...
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Whether Despair Arises from Listlessness
... Article Four Whether Despair Arises from Listlessness. Whether Despair Arises from
Listlessness ... 1. It seems that despair does not arise from listlessness. ...
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Thesaurus
Despair (23 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) Hopelessness; despondency; discouragement. 2. (vt) To give up as beyond
hope or expectation; to despair of. 3. (vt) To cause to despair. ...DESPAIR. ...
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Disturbed (30 Occurrences)
... (See NAS). Psalms 42:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within
me? ... (WEB NAS NIV). Psalms 42:11 Why are you in despair, my soul? ...
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Despairing (7 Occurrences)
... 1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Despair. 2. (a.) Feeling or expressing despair; hopeless.
Multi-Version Concordance Despairing (7 Occurrences). ...
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Savior (60 Occurrences)
... (See NIV). Psalms 42:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within
me? Hope in God! ... (See NIV). Psalms 42:11 Why are you in despair, my soul? ...
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Desperate (8 Occurrences)
... 2. (a.) Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure,
or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate ...
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Despaired (3 Occurrences)
... (imp. & pp) of Despair. ... Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I turned about to cause my heart
to despair concerning all the labour wherein I had laboured under the sun. ...
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Driven (128 Occurrences)
... 2 Corinthians 2:7 So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him
rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his ...
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Saving (37 Occurrences)
... (See RSV). Psalms 42:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within
me? Hope in God! ... (WEB). Psalms 42:11 Why are you in despair, my soul? ...
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Tribulation (43 Occurrences)
... you to be ignorant, brethren, as to our tribulation which happened to us in Asia,
that we were excessively pressed beyond our power, so as to despair even of ...
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Kir-haraseth (1 Occurrence)
... The three kings led their armies against Mesha, who was driven back to seek
refuge in Kir-haraseth. The Moabites were driven to despair. ...
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Bible Concordance
Despair (23 Occurrences)

2 Corinthians 1:8 For we don't desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life.
(Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his excess of grief.
(WEY)

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;
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Deuteronomy 28:65 Among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Yahweh will give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul;
(See NAS NIV)

1 Samuel 4:20 About the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, "Don't be afraid; for you have brought forth a son." But she didn't answer, neither did she regard it.
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1 Samuel 27:1 David said in his heart, "I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel. So shall I escape out of his hand."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Job 6:26 Do ye hold words to be an argument, but the speeches of one that is desperate to be wind?
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Job 9:23 If the scourge kills suddenly, he will mock at the trial of the innocent.
(See NAS NIV)

Job 24:22 Yet God preserves the mighty by his power. He rises up who has no assurance of life.
(See RSV)

Job 41:25 When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid: By reason of consternation they are beside themselves.
(See JPS)

Psalms 42:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.
(WEB NAS)

Psalms 42:6 My God, my soul is in despair within me. Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.
(WEB NAS)

Psalms 42:11 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him, the saving help of my countenance, and my God.
(WEB NAS)

Psalms 43:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God.
(WEB NAS)

Psalms 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; for comforters, but I found none.
(See RSV)

Psalms 88:15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.
(See NIV)

Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I began to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor in which I had labored under the sun.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 19:9 And all the workers in linen thread, and those who make cotton cloth, will be put to shame.
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Isaiah 61:3 To give them a fair head-dress in place of dust, the oil of joy in place of the clothing of grief, praise in place of sorrow; so that they may be named trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, and so that he may have glory.
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Jeremiah 17:16 And I hastened not from feeding after Thee, And the desperate day I have not desired, Thou -- Thou hast known, The produce of my lips, before Thy face it hath been,
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Ezekiel 4:16 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with fearfulness; and they shall drink water by measure, and in dismay:
(See NIV)

Ezekiel 7:27 The king doth become a mourner, And a prince putteth on desolation, And the hands of the people of the land are troubled, From their own way I deal with them, And with their own judgments I judge them, And they have known that I 'am' Jehovah!'
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Ezekiel 12:19 and thou hast said unto the people of the land, Thus said the Lord Jehovah concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem, concerning the land of Israel: Their bread with fear they do eat, and their water with astonishment drink, because its land is desolate, because of its fulness, because of the violence of all who are dwelling in it.
(See NIV)

Subtopics

Despair

Despair: Ahithophel

Despair: Cain

Despair: Judas

Despair: Leads to Blasphemy

Despair: Leads to Continuing in Sin

Despair: Produced in the Wicked by Divine Judgments

Despair: Saints Enabled to Overcome

Despair: Saints Sometimes Tempted To

Despair: Shall Seize Upon the Wicked at the Appearing of Christ

Despair: Trust in God, a Preservative Against

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Tribulation (43 Occurrences)

Kir-haraseth (1 Occurrence)

Kibroth-hattaavah (5 Occurrences)

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Tooth (7 Occurrences)

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Searching (111 Occurrences)

Troubled (244 Occurrences)

Countenance (67 Occurrences)

Escape (142 Occurrences)

Immortal (3 Occurrences)

Immortality (6 Occurrences)

Coast (70 Occurrences)

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