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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - imagination
Greek - imagination
Greek - imagination
Hebrew - imagination
Hebrew - imagination
Hebrew - imagination
Hebrew - imagination, imaginations

KJV term for thought as the prelude to action, frequently in the sense of plotting or devising evil; can also refer to stubbornness from the Hebrew words meaning formed or twisted. Imagination means evil plans (Proverbs 6:18; Lamentations 3:60-61). At Deuteronomy 31:21 and possibly Romans 1:21, imagination refers to the inclination to do evil. God opposes the imaginations of the proud (Luke 1:51; 2 Corinthians 10:5). Imagination is also used in a neutral sense (1 Chronicles 28:9). Most often, imagination means stubborness (Deuteronomy 29:19; Jeremiah 3:17; Jeremiah 7:24; Jeremiah 9:14; Jeremiah 11:8; Jeremiah 13:10; Jeremiah 16:12; Jeremiah 18:12; Jeremiah 23:17). Modern translations use imagination less frequently. For example, the RSV used imagination only four times: for the inclination to do evil (Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21 NRSV reads, “inclination”); for the plans of the proud (Luke 1:51 NSRV reads “thoughts”); and in connection with the making of idols (Acts 17:29) where imagination may mean creativity or more likely a depraved mind. The NIV also used imagination four times: in reference to fabricating prophecy (Ezekiel 13:2,Ezekiel 13:17); and for evil plans (Isaiah 65:2; Isaiah 66:18).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'IMAGINATION'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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