Comfort which eases grief and pain. The Hebrew terms are closely related to the words for compassion—nichum, nocham. See Compassion. Job's integrity with God's instructions gave him consolation despite his grief and pain (Job 6:10). David sent servants to console Hanun, king of Ammon, after his father died (2 Samuel 10:1-2). People brought food and drink to console the grieving (Jeremiah 16:7; compare
John 11:19). God's response to prayer brings consolation to the worried soul (Psalms 94:19). Even as God destroyed Jerusalem, He provided consolation in the person of faithful survivors (Ezekiel 14:22-23).
Israel's ultimate hope was the consolation only the Messiah could bring. The faithful waited expectantly for this (Luke 2:25; compare
Isaiah 40:1-2). Those who trust in riches rather than in the coming of the Son of Man have all the consolation they will receive (Luke 6:24). Believers receive consolation through the ministry of proclamation (1 Corinthians 14:3).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'CONSOLATION'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".