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 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;
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