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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (a.) Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.

2. (a.) Satisfied; contented; also, constrained.

3. (adv.) With joy; gladly.

4. (v. t. & i.) To be glad ; to wish or desire.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FAIN

fan (advb.): Occurs twice in English Versions of the Bible, in the sense of "gladly":

(1) in Job 27:22 as the rendering of barach, "to flee with haste" (from anything), "He would fain flee out of his hand," literally, as in in of the King James Version, "in fleeing he would flee";

(2) in Luke 15:16, as the translation of epithumeo, "to fix the mind or desire on," "He would fain have filled his belly with the husks which the swine did eat." the Revised Version (British and American) adds two instances:

(1) Luke 13:31, "Herod would fain kill thee";

(2) Acts 26:28, "Thou wouldest fain make me a Christian."

See ALMOST.

Greek
1937. epithumeo -- desire, lust after
... covet, desire, lust after. From epi and thumos; to set the heart upon, ie Long for
(rightfully or otherwise) -- covet, desire, would fain, lust (after). ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1272. barach -- to go through, flee
... chase away; drive away, fain, flee away, put to flight, make haste, reach,
run away, shoot. A primitive root; to bolt, ie Figuratively ...
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Library

Fain Would My Thoughts Fly up to Thee,
... The Treasury of Sacred Song. Book First CLXIII Fain would my thoughts fly up to
Thee,. Thy peace, sweet LORD, to find; But when I offer, still the world. ...
/.../palgrave/the treasury of sacred song/clxiii fain would my thoughts.htm

Ein Neues Lied Wir Heben An. By Help of God I Fain Would Tell.
... By help of God I fain would tell. ... 1. By help of God I fain would tell A new and wondrous
story, And sing a marvel that befell To his great praise and glory. ...
/.../bacon/the hymns of martin luther/v ein neues lied wir.htm

The First Light which Shined in My Infancy in Its Primitive and ...
... THE THIRD CENTURY 7 The first Light which shined in my Infancy in its primitive
and innocent clarity was totally eclipsed insomuch that I was fain to learn all ...
/.../traherne/centuries of meditations/7 the first light which.htm

It is Related that when Pilate Would Fain have Released Him all ...
... 22. It is related that when Pilate would fain have released Him all the people cried
out, "Crucify Him, Crucify Him!" This also the Prophet Jeremiah foretells ...
/.../22 it is related that.htm

What Then did Wretched I So Love in Thee...
... The cruelty of the great would fain be feared; but who is to be feared but God
alone, out of whose power what can be wrested or withdrawn? ...
/.../augustine/the confessions of saint augustine/chapter vi what then did.htm

The Rich Inquirer
... makes the difference between the Pharisee who thanks God that he is not as other
men, and this youth who has kept all the commandments, yet would fain be other ...
/.../chadwick/the gospel of st mark/chapter 10 17-22 the rich inquirer.htm

Reason of Desiring to Die.
... Chapter VII."Reason of desiring to die. The prince of this world would fain
carry me away, and corrupt my disposition towards God. ...
/.../the epistle of ignatius to the romans/chapter vii reason of desiring to.htm

Appendix D.
... If, here and there, something like minuteness has been attempted [645] , it has
only been by way of sample of what one would fain have done,"of what one ...
//christianbookshelf.org/burgon/inspiration and interpretation/appendix d.htm

Thirtieth Day. The Unction from the Holy One.
... was not to be poured. How many would fain have the precious ointment for
the sake of its perfume to themselves! No, only he who ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/murray/holy in christ/thirtieth day the unction from.htm

'Strong Crying and Tears'
... feeling as to companionship. He leaves the other disciples at the entrance,
for He would fain be alone in His prayer. Then, a moment ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture d/strong crying and tears.htm

Thesaurus
Fain (6 Occurrences)
... 2. (a.) Satisfied; contented; also, constrained. 3. (adv.) With joy; gladly. 4.
(vt & i.) To be glad ; to wish or desire. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. FAIN...
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Failure (5 Occurrences)

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Wouldest (66 Occurrences)
... words. (KJV). Acts 26:28 And Agrippa 'said' unto Paul, With but little persuasion
thou wouldest fain make me a Christian. (ASV). Romans ...
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Retain (24 Occurrences)
... to have," margin "Greek, `did not approve,' " for the King James Version "did not
like to retain" (echo); and in Philemon 1:13, substitutes "fain have kept ...
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Persuade (20 Occurrences)
... almost thou persuadest me...." but this is impossible, and so the Revised Version
(British and American) rendered peitheis by "thou wouldest fain." To keep ...
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Persuasion (2 Occurrences)
... almost thou persuadest me...." but this is impossible, and so the Revised Version
(British and American) rendered peitheis by "thou wouldest fain." To keep ...
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Almost (27 Occurrences)
... words is concerned; but their explanation of the sentence is also erroneous; for
the Greek cannot mean "With but little persuasion thou wouldst fain make me a ...
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Sparing (17 Occurrences)
... might be sparing. (YLT). Job 27:22 Yea, it hurleth at him, and spareth not;
he would fain flee from its power. (See NAS). Proverbs 13 ...
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Spareth (9 Occurrences)
... earth my gall. (YLT). Job 27:22 For God'shall hurl at him, and not spare:
He would fain flee out of his hand. (See JPS). Proverbs 13 ...
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Concordance
Fain (6 Occurrences)

Luke 13:31
In that very hour there came certain Pharisees, saying to him, Get thee out, and go hence: for Herod would fain kill thee.
(ASV)

Luke 15:16
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
(KJV ASV WBS)

Acts 26:28
And Agrippa 'said' unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian.
(ASV)

1 Thessalonians 2:18
because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.
(ASV)

Philemon 1:13
whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
(ASV)

Job 27:22
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
(KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

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