Comforter
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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Comforter

(John 14:16) The name given by Christ to the Holy Spirit. The original word is Paraclete , and means first Advocate, a defender, helper, strengthener, as well as comforter.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Comforter

Greek PARACLETE, an advocate, teacher, or consoler. This title is given to our Savior: "We have an advocate (paraclete) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous," 1 John 2:1. But more frequently it designates the Holy Spirit. He is the "other Comforter," succeeding Christ, the great promised blessing of the Christian church, John 14:16,17,26 15:1-27 16:1-33 Luke 24:29 Acts 1:4. The English word Comforter does not adequately describe the office of the Paraclete, who was not only to console, but to aid and direct them, as Christ had done. The disciples found the promise fulfilled to them. The Comforter aided them when called before councils; guided them into all truth respecting the plan of salvation; brought to their remembrance the words and deeds of Christ; and revealed to them things to come. His presence was accompanied by signal triumphs of grace, and made amends for the absences of Christ. The church is still under the dispensation of the Comforter, and still he convinces the world of sin, of righteousness, and of the judgement to come.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
The designation of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; R.V. marg., "or Advocate, or Helper; Gr. paracletos"). The same Greek word thus rendered is translated "Advocate" in 1 John 2:1 as applicable to Christ. It means properly "one who is summoned to the side of another" to help him in a court of justice by defending him, "one who is summoned to plead a cause." "Advocate" is the proper rendering of the word in every case where it occurs.

It is worthy of notice that although Paul nowhere uses the word paracletos, he yet presents the idea it embodies when he speaks of the "intercession" both of Christ and the Spirit (Romans 8:27, 34).

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) One who administers comfort or consolation.

2. (n.) The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of comforting believers.

3. (n.) A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow.

4. (n.) A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMFORTER

kum'-fer-ter: This is translation of the word patakletos, in the Johannine writings. In the Gospel it occurs in John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7, and refers to the Holy Spirit. The word means literally, "called to one's side" for help. The translation "Comforter" covers only a small part of the meaning as shown in the context. The word "Helper" would be a more adequate translation. The Spirit does a great deal for disciples besides comforting them, although to comfort was a part of His work for them. The Spirit guides into truth; indeed, He is called the Spirit of truth. He teaches and quickens the memory of disciples and glorifies Christ in them. He also has a work to do in the hearts of unbelievers, convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 14-16). The Comforter remains permanently with disciples after He comes in response to the prayers of Christ. The word parakletos does not occur elsewhere in the Scriptures except in 1 John 2:1. In Job 16:2 the active form of the word (parakletos is passive) is found in the plural, where Job calls his friends "miserable comforters." The word "Comforter" being an inadequate, and the word "Helper" a too indefinite, translation of the word in the Gospel of John, it would probably be best to transfer the Greek word into English in so far as it relates to the Holy Spirit (see PARACLETE).

In 1 John 2:1 the word parakletos refers to Christ: "If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." Here the translation Advocate is quite correct. As the next verse shows the writer has in mind the intercession of Christ for Christians on the basis of His mediatorial work: "And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world" (1 John 2:2).

See ADVOCATE; HOLY SPIRIT; PARACLETE.

E. Y. Mullins

Greek
3875. parakletos -- called to one's aid
... Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: parakletos Phonetic Spelling:
(par-ak'-lay-tos) Short Definition: an advocate, comforter, helper, Paraclete ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4505. Menachem -- "comforter," king of Northern Israel
... 4504, 4505. Menachem. 4506 . "comforter," king of Northern Israel. Transliteration:
Menachem Phonetic Spelling: (men-akh-ame') Short Definition: Menahem. ...
/hebrew/4505.htm - 6k

5162. nacham -- to be sorry, console oneself
... sorry (1), appeased (1), become a consolation (1), change mind (6), change minds
(1), changed mind (4), comfort (30), comforted (18), comforter (2), comforters ...
/hebrew/5162.htm - 6k

Library

The Comforter
... The Comforter. A Sermon (No.5). ... "It is right I should go away from you," said Jesus,
"for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come." Jesus must go. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 1 1855/the comforter.htm

The Comforter Given
... THE COMFORTER GIVEN. 'And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another
Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture i/the comforter given.htm

Love and the Comforter.
... XXII. Love and the Comforter. "By the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.""2 Corinthians
6:6. ... Cat., q.1). Christ speaks, not of comfort, but of the Comforter. ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/xxii love and the comforter.htm

The Comforter
... SERMON XIV. THE COMFORTER. Eversley. Sunday after Ascension Day.1868. St
John 15:26. "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send ...
/.../kingsley/all saints day and other sermons/sermon xiv the comforter.htm

Another Comforter.
... 12TH DAY. Another Comforter. ... "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another
Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.""John 14:16. ...
/.../macduff/the faithful promiser/12th day another comforter.htm

Prayer for the Comforter.
... DEVOUT EXERCISES. 431. " Prayer for the Comforter. 431. LM6l. C. Wesley.
Prayer for the Comforter. 1 I want the spirit of power ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/431 prayer for the.htm

Messiah Unpitied, and Without a Comforter
... Sermon XXII Messiah Unpitied, and Without a Comforter. Messiah Unpitied, and Without
a Comforter Psalm 69:20. ... Then they will find no pity, no comforter. ...
/.../newton/messiah vol 1/sermon xxii messiah unpitied and.htm

Fourth Sunday after Easter. It is Expedient for You that I Go Away ...
... Fourth Sunday After Easter. It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you. ... Holy Ghost! my Comforter! ...
/.../winkworth/lyra germanica the christian year/fourth sunday after easter it.htm

Nun Bitten Wir Den Heiligen Geist. Now Pray we all God, the ...
... XIX. Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist. Now pray we all God, the Comforter. The
first stanza from an ancient German hymn. The other stanzas added by Luther. ...
/.../bacon/the hymns of martin luther/xix nun bitten wir den.htm

Whit Sunday I Will Pray the Father, and He Shall Give You Another ...
... Whit Sunday I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
that He may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth. ...
/.../winkworth/lyra germanica the christian year/whit sunday i will pray.htm

Thesaurus
Comforter (14 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. COMFORTER. ... The translation "Comforter" covers
only a small part of the meaning as shown in the context. ...
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Advocate (7 Occurrences)
... It is a name given by Christ three times to the Holy Ghost (John 14:16;
15:26; 16:7, where the Greek word is rendered "Comforter, " qv). ...
/a/advocate.htm - 11k

Paraclete
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) An advocate; one called to aid or support; hence,
the Consoler, Comforter, or Intercessor; -- a term applied to the Holy Spirit. ...
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Aenon (1 Occurrence)
... the Gospel of John (John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7) referring not to Christ
but to the Holy Spirit, to whom Christ refers as "another comforter" whom He ...
/a/aenon.htm - 8k

Ascension (1 Occurrence)
... is recorded of the actual Ascension, but 1 John 2:1 says that "we have an Advocate
with the Father." The word "Advocate" is the same as "Comforter" in John 14 ...
/a/ascension.htm - 34k

Oppressors (31 Occurrences)
... 1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold,
the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on ...
/o/oppressors.htm - 15k

Oppressions (5 Occurrences)
... 1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold,
the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on ...
/o/oppressions.htm - 8k

Practiced (22 Occurrences)
... again I saw all the cruel things which are done under the sun; there was the weeping
of those who have evil done to them, and they had no comforter: and from ...
/p/practiced.htm - 13k

Tears (58 Occurrences)
... 1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold,
the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on ...
/t/tears.htm - 27k

Comforters (5 Occurrences)

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Concordance
Comforter (14 Occurrences)

John 14:16
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
(KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

John 14:26
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

John 15:26
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
(KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
(KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Ruth 4:15
He will be a giver of new life to you, and your comforter when you are old, for your daughter-in-law, who, in her love for you, is better than seven sons, has given birth to him.
(BBE)

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.
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NIV)

Isaiah 51:12
I, even I, am your comforter: are you so poor in heart as to be in fear of man who will come to an end, and of the son of man who will be like grass?
(BBE YLT)

Jeremiah 8:18
Though I would take comfort against sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
(See NIV)

Lamentations 1:2
She is sorrowing bitterly in the night, and her face is wet with weeping; among all her lovers she has no comforter: all her friends have been false to her, they have become her haters.
(BBE DBY YLT)

Lamentations 1:9
Her filthiness was in her skirts; she didn't remember her latter end; therefore is she come down wonderfully; she has no comforter: see, Yahweh, my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Lamentations 1:16
For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water; Because the comforter who should refresh my soul is far from me: My children are desolate, because the enemy has prevailed.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Lamentations 1:17
Zion's hands are outstretched; she has no comforter; the Lord has given orders to the attackers of Jacob round about him: Jerusalem has become like an unclean thing among them.
(BBE YLT)

Lamentations 1:21
Give ear to the voice of my grief; I have no comforter; all my haters have news of my troubles, they are glad because you have done it: let the day of fate come when they will be like me.
(BBE DBY YLT)

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Comforter

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