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Hope (291 Occurrences)

Matthew 12:21 In his name, the nations will hope." (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 13:22 Because there will be false Christs and false prophets, and they will give signs and wonders in the hope of turning even the saints from the true way. (BBE)

Luke 6:34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive back as much. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Luke 6:35 But be loving to those who are against you and do them good, and give them your money, not giving up hope, and your reward will be great and you will be the sons of the Most High: for he is kind to evil men, and to those who have hard hearts. (BBE)

Luke 12:29 "Therefore, do not be asking what you are to eat nor what you are to drink; and do not waver between hope and fear. (WEY)

John 5:45 "Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. (WEB WEY ASV BBE YLT NAS RSV NIV)

John 8:56 Abraham your forefather exulted in the hope of seeing my day: and he saw it, and was glad." (WEY BBE)

Acts 2:26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 8:22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord, in the hope that the purpose which is in your heart may perhaps be forgiven you. (WEY)

Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 17:27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (See RSV)

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!" (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 24:15 having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 26:6 Now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 26:7 which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving night and day, hope to attain. Concerning this hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa! (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 27:20 When neither sun nor stars shone on us for many days, and no small storm pressed on us, all hope that we would be saved was now taken away. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 2:7 To those who go on with good works in the hope of glory and honour and salvation from death, he will give eternal life: (BBE)

Romans 4:18 Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, "So will your seed be." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 5:2 through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 5:5 and hope doesn't disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 8:21 Yet there was always the hope that at last the Creation itself would also be set free from the thraldom of decay so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God. (WEY)

Romans 8:24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that which we don't see, we wait for it with patience. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites: who have the place of sons, and the glory, and the agreements with God, and the giving of the law, and the worship, and the hope offered by God: (BBE)

Romans 10:12 And the Jew is not different from the Greek: for there is the same Lord of all, who is good to all who have hope in his name: (BBE)

Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 15:12 Again, Isaiah says, "There will be the root of Jesse, he who arises to rule over the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles will hope." (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Romans 15:24 whenever I journey to Spain, I will come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that having every grace you are living in the hope of the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; (BBE)

1 Corinthians 9:10 or does he say it assuredly for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should partake of his hope. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have not made use of any of these things: and I am not writing this in the hope that it may be so for me: for it would be better for me to undergo death, than for any man to make this pride of mine of no effect. (BBE NIV)

1 Corinthians 9:19 Though free from all human control, I have made myself the slave of all in the hope of winning as many converts as possible. (WEY)

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I have become weak, so as to gain the weak. To all men I have become all things, in the hope that in every one of these ways I may save some. (WEY)

1 Corinthians 10:33 That is the way that I also seek in everything the approval of all men, not aiming at my own profit, but at that of the many, in the hope that they may be saved. (WEY)

1 Corinthians 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, and love remain-these three. The greatest of these is love. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 15:19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:7 For I do not wish to see you now in passing, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so also are you of the comfort. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:8 For as for our troubles which came upon us in the province of Asia, we would have you know, brethren, that we were exceedingly weighed down, and felt overwhelmed, so that we renounced all hope even of life. (WEY BBE)

2 Corinthians 1:9 Yes, we ourselves have had the answer of death in ourselves, so that our hope might not be in ourselves, but in God who is able to give life to the dead: (BBE)

2 Corinthians 1:10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us; (WEB WEY ASV BBE YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:13 For we write no other things to you, than what you read or even acknowledge, and I hope you will acknowledge to the end; (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 2:4 For with many tears I write to you, and in deep suffering and depression of spirit, not in order to grieve you, but in the hope of showing you how brimful my heart is with love for you. (WEY)

2 Corinthians 3:12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 4:9 We are cruelly attacked, but not without hope; we are made low, but we are not without help; (BBE)

2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God; and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 8:5 This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God. (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS)

2 Corinthians 10:15 not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Corinthians 13:6 But I hope that you will know that we aren't disqualified. (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT RSV)

Galatians 5:5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ephesians 1:12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: (Root in WEB WEY ASV BBE YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ephesians 1:13 In whom you, having been given the true word, the good news of your salvation, and through your faith in him, were given the sign of the Holy Spirit of hope, (BBE)

Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ephesians 2:12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ephesians 3:6 Which is that the Gentiles have a part in the heritage, and in the same body, and in the same hope in Christ through the good news, (BBE)

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philippians 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philippians 2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing. (WEB WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philippians 2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philippians 2:28 I am therefore all the more eager to send him, in the hope that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have the less sorrow. (WEY)

Philippians 3:11 in the hope that I may attain to the resurrection from among the dead. (WEY)

Philippians 3:12 Not as if I had even now got the reward or been made complete: but I go on in the hope that I may come to the knowledge of that for which I was made the servant of Christ Jesus. (BBE)

Colossians 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Colossians 1:23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Colossians 1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Thessalonians 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming? (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don't grieve like the rest, who have no hope. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 3:14 These things I write to thee, hoping to come unto thee soon, (See RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 4:8 For the training of the body is of profit for a little, but religion is of profit in every way, giving hope for the life which now is, and for that which is to come. (BBE)

1 Timothy 4:10 and here is the motive of our toiling and wrestling, because we have our hopes fixed on the ever-living God, who is the Saviour of all mankind, and especially of believers. (Root in WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; (WEB WEY ASV BBE YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the purpose of God, in the hope of the life which is in Christ Jesus, (BBE)

2 Timothy 2:25 He must speak in a gentle tone when correcting the errors of opponents, in the hope that God will at last give them repentance, for them to come to a full knowledge of the truth (WEY NIV)

Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who can't lie, promised before time began; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Titus 3:7 that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philemon 1:22 Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you. (WEB WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS NIV)

Hebrews 3:6 but Christ is faithful as a Son over his house; whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope firm to the end. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 6:11 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 6:18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to take hold of the hope set before us. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil; (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 10:23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast from you your confident hope, for it will receive a vast reward. (WEY BBE)

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Hebrews 12:5 And you have not kept in mind the word which says to you as to sons, My son, do not make little of the Lord's punishment, and do not give up hope when you are judged by him; (BBE)

Hebrews 13:19 I make this request more strongly, in the hope of coming back to you more quickly. (BBE)

James 1:3 Because you have the knowledge that the testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope; (BBE)

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)


Hope's (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Hope's (1 Occurrence). Acts 26:7 Unto which promise our
twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. ...
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Hope (291 Occurrences)
... It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Romans
8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian ...
/h/hope.htm - 52k

Expectation (25 Occurrences)
... three Greek words, translated in the New Testament by "expect," prosdokao, meaning
to look forward toward what will probably occur, whether in hope or dread ...
/e/expectation.htm - 15k

Despair (23 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of. 3. (vt) To cause
to despair. 4. (n.) Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency. ...
/d/despair.htm - 14k

Expect (20 Occurrences)
... three Greek words, translated in the New Testament by "expect," prosdokao, meaning
to look forward toward what will probably occur, whether in hope or dread ...
/e/expect.htm - 13k

Endurance (31 Occurrences)
... Romans 5:4 and endurance, experience; and experience, hope; (DBY YLT RSV). ... She is
full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance. (WEY). ...
/e/endurance.htm - 15k

Anchor (4 Occurrences)
... It is an emblem of hope. "If you fear, Put all your trust in God: that anchor
holds.". Noah Webster's Dictionary. ... 4. (n.) An emblem of hope. ...
/a/anchor.htm - 9k

Achor (5 Occurrences)
... Hosea also (Hosea 2:15) uses the expression in the same sense: "The valley of Achor
for a door of hope;" ie, trouble would be turned into joy, despair into hope...
/a/achor.htm - 11k

Encouragement (25 Occurrences)
... 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that
through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope...
/e/encouragement.htm - 14k

Evil-doer (88 Occurrences)
... to his wickedness. (ASV BBE). Job 5:16 So the poor man has hope, and the
mouth of the evil-doer is stopped. (BBE). Job 8:13 So is ...
/e/evil-doer.htm - 30k

1679. elpizo -- to expect, to hope (for)
... to expect, to hope (for). Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: elpizo Phonetic
Spelling: (el-pid'-zo) Short Definition: I hope, hope for, expect Definition: I ...
/greek/1679.htm - 8k

1680. elpis -- expectation, hope
... expectation, hope. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: elpis Phonetic
Spelling: (el-pece') Short Definition: hope, expectation Definition: hope ...
/greek/1680.htm - 6k

4276. proelpizo -- to hope before
... to hope before. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: proelpizo Phonetic Spelling:
(pro-el-pid'-zo) Short Definition: I hope before Definition: I hope before ...
/greek/4276.htm - 6k

2070. esmen -- are, be, have our being, have hope.
... << 2069, 2070. esmen. 2071 >>. are, be, have our being, have hope. ... Word Origin first
pers. pl. pres. ind. of eimi, qv. are, be, have our being, have hope. ...
/greek/2070.htm - 6k

560. apelpizo -- to despair of
... Verb Transliteration: apelpizo Phonetic Spelling: (ap-el-pid'-zo) Short Definition:
I despair Definition: I give up in despair, despair of; I hope to receive ...
/greek/560.htm - 6k

3996. pentheo -- to mourn, lament
... feel guilt. 3996 -- properly, grieve over a ; (figuratively) to grieve
over a personal hope (relationship) that , ie (""). 3996 ...
/greek/3996.htm - 7k

4328. prosdokao -- to await, expect
... From pros and dokeuo (to watch); to anticipate (in thought, hope or fear); by
implication, to await -- (be in) expect(-ation), look (for), when looked, tarry ...
/greek/4328.htm - 7k

5049. teleios -- completely
... completely. Adverb from teleios; completely, ie (of hope) without wavering -- to
the end. see GREEK teleios. (teleios) -- 1 Occurrence. << 5048, 5049. ...
/greek/5049.htm - 6k

4102. pistis -- faith, faithfulness
... "Faith always has the element of assurance, certainty and confidence . . . and
evidential value substantiating the thing we hope for . . . ...
/greek/4102.htm - 18k

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


1. In the Old Testament:

In the Revised Version (British and American) the New Testament "hope" represents the noun elpis (52 t), and the verb elpizo (31 t). King James Version, however, renders the noun in Hebrews 10:23 by "faith," and for the verb gives "trust" in 18 cases (apparently without much system, e.g. in Philippians 2 compare 2:19 and 23; see TRUST), while in Luke 6:35 it translates apelpizo, by "hoping for nothing again" (the Revised Version (British and American) "never despairing"). But in the Old Testament there is no Hebrew word that has the exact force of "expectation of some good thing," so that in the King James Version "hope" (noun and vb.) stands for some 15 Hebrew words, nearly all of which in other places are given other translation (e.g. mibhTach, is rendered "hope" in Jeremiah 17:17, "trust" in Psalm 40:4, "confidence" in Psalm 65:5). the Revised Version (British and American) has attempted to be more systematic and has, for the most part, kept "hope" for the noun tiqwah, and the verb yachal, but complete consistency was not possible (e.g. Proverbs 10:28; Proverbs 11:23; Proverbs 23:18). This lack of a specific word for hope has nothing to do with any undervaluation of the virtue among the Hebrews. For the religion of the Old Testament is of all things a religion of hope, centered in God, from whom all deliverance and blessings are confidently expected (Jeremiah 17:17 Joel 3:16 Psalm 31:24; Psalm 33:18, 22; 39:7, etc.). The varieties of this hope arc countless (see ISRAEL, RELIGION OF; SALVATION, etc.), but the form most perfected and with fundamental significance for the New Testament is the firm trust that at a time appointed God, in person or through His representative (see MESSIAH), will establish a kingdom of righteousness.

2. In the New Testament:

(1) The proclamation of this coming kingdom of God was the central element in the teaching of Jesus, and the message of its near advent (Mark 1:15, etc.), with the certainty of admission to it for those who accepted His teaching (Luke 12:32, etc.), is the substance of His teaching as to hope. This teaching, though, is delivered in the language of One to whom the realities of the next world and of the future are perfectly familiar; the tone is not that of prediction so much as it is that of the statement of obvious facts. In other words, "hope" to Christ is "certainty," and the word "hope" is never on His lips (Luke 6:34 and John 5:45 are naturally not exceptions). For the details see KINGDOM OF GOD; FAITH; FORGIVENESS, etc. And however far He may have taught that the kingdom was present in His lifetime, none the less the full consummation of that kingdom, with Himself as Messiah, was made by Him a matter of the future (see ESCHATOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT; PAROUSIA).

(2) Hence, after the ascension the early church was left with an eschatological expectation that was primarily and almost technically the "hope" of the New Testament-"looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13), "unto a living hope., unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,. reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 13-5; compare Romans 5:2; Romans 8:20-24 2 Corinthians 3:12 Ephesians 1:18-21 Colossians 1:5, 23, 17 Titus 1:2; Titus 3:7 1 John 3:2, 3). The foundations of this hope were many:

(a) Primarily, of course, the promises of the Old Testament, which were the basis of Christ's teaching. Such are often quoted at length (Acts 2:16, etc.), while they underlie countless other passages. These promises are the "anchor of hope" that holds the soul fast (Hebrews 6:18-20). In part, then, the earliest Christian expectations coincided with the Jewish, and the "hope of Israel" (Acts 28:20; compare 26:6, 7; Ephesians 2:12, and especially Romans 11:25-32) was a common ground on which Jew and Christian might meet. Still, through the confidence of forgiveness and purification given in the atonement (Hebrews 9:14, etc.), the Christian felt himself to have a "better hope" (Hebrews 7:19), which the Jew could not know.

(b) Specifically Christian, however, was the pledge given in the resurrection of Christ. This sealed His Messiahship and proved His lordship (Romans 1:4 Ephesians 1:18-20 1 Peter 3:21, etc.), so sending forth His followers with the certainty of victory. In addition, Christ's resurrection was felt to be the first step in the general resurrection, and hence, a proof that the consummation of all things had begun (1 Corinthians 15:23; compare Acts 23:6; Acts 24:15; Acts 26:6, 7 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14, etc.).

(c) But more than all, devotion to Christ produced a religious experience that gave certainty to hope. "Hope putteth not to shame; because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us" (Romans 5:5; compare 8:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:5 Ephesians 1:14, etc., and see HOLY SPIRIT). Even visible miracles were wrought by the Spirit that were signs of the end (Acts 2:17) as well as of the individual's certainty of partaking in the final happiness (Acts 10:47; Acts 19:6, etc.).

(3) Yet, certain though the hope might be, it was not yet attained, and the interim was an opportunity to develop faith, "the substance of the things hoped for" (Hebrews 11:1). Indeed, hope is simply faith directed toward the future, and no sharp distinction between faith and hope is attainable. It is easy enough to see how the King James Version felt "confession of our faith" clearer than "confession of our hope" in Hebrews 10:23, although the rendition of elpis by "faith" was arbitrary. So in Romans 8:20-24, "hope" is scarcely more than "faith" in this specialized aspect. In particular, in 8:24 we have as the most natural translation (compare Ephesians 2:5, 8), "By hope we were saved" (so the King James Version, the English Revised Version, the American Revised Version margin), only a pedantic insistence on words can find in this any departure from the strictest Pauline theology (compare the essential outlook on the future of the classic example of "saving faith" in Romans 4:18-22, especially verse 18). Still, the combination is unusual, and the Greek may be rendered equally well "For hope we were saved" ("in hope" of the American Standard Revised Version is not so good); i.e. our salvation, in so far as it is past, is but to prepare us for what is to come (compare Ephesians 4:4 1 Peter 1:3). But this postponement of the full attainment, through developing faith, gives stedfastness (Romans 8:25; compare 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Hebrews 3:6; Hebrews 6:11), which could be gained in no other way. On the other hand this stedfastness, produced by hope, reacts again on hope and increases it (Romans 5:4; Romans 15:4). and so on. But no attempt is made in the New Testament to give a catalogue of the "fruits of hope," and, indeed, such lists are inevitably artificial.

(4) One passage that deserves special attention is 1 Corinthians 13:13, "Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three." "Abideth" is in contrast to "shall be done away" in 13:8, 9, and the time of the abiding is consequently after the Parousia; i.e. while many gifts are for the present world only, faith, hope and love are eternal and endure in the next world. 1 Corinthians 13 is evidently a very carefully written section, and the permanence of faith and hope cannot be set down to any mere carelessness on Paul's part, but the meaning is not very clear. Probably he felt that the triad of virtues was so essentially a part of the Christian's character that the existence of the individual without them was unthinkable, without trying to define what the object of faith and hope would be in the glorified state. If any answer is to be given, it must be found in the doctrine that even in heaven life will not be static but will have opportunities of unlimited growth. Never will the finite soul be able to dispense entirely with faith, while at each stage the growth into the next can be anticipated through hope.

3. Practical:

Only adventist bodies can use all the New Testament promises literally, and the translation of the eschatological language into modern practical terms is not always easy. The simplest method is that already well developed in the Fourth Gospel, where the phrase "kingdom of God" is usually replaced by the words "eternal life," i.e. for a temporal relation between this world and the next is substituted a local, so that the accent is laid on the hope that awaits the individual beyond the grave. On the other hand, the cataclysmic imagery of the New Testament may be interpreted in evolutionary form. God, by sending into the world the supernatural power seen in the Christian church, is working for the race as well as for the individual, and has for His whole creation, as well as for individual souls, a goal in store. The individual has for his support the motives of the early church and, in particular, learns through the cross that even his own sins shall not disappoint him of his hope. But both of the above interpretations are needed if religion is fairly to represent the spirit of the New Testament. A pure individualism that looks only beyond the grave for its hope empties the phrase "kingdom of God" of its meaning and tends inevitably to asceticism. And, in contrast, the religion of Jesus cannot be reduced to a mere hope of ethical advance for the present world. A Christianity that loses a transcendent, eschatological hope ceases to be Christianity.

Burton Scott Easton

Easton's Bible Dictionary
One of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Corinthians 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Romans 8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Peter 3:15; Hebrews 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Ephesians 1:18; 4:4)." Unbelievers are without this hope (Ephesians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as "lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Peter 1:3). In Romans 5:2 the "hope" spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us," namely, eternal life (Comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression "hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A sloping plain between mountain ridges.

2. (n.) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

3. (n.) A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.

4. (n.) One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.

5. (n.) That which is hoped for; an object of hope.

6. (v. i.) To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually followed by for.

7. (v. i.) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in.

8. (v. t.) To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of.

9. (v. t.) To expect; to fear.

Strong's Hebrew
7664. seber -- a hope
... a hope. Transliteration: seber Phonetic Spelling: (say'-ber) Short Definition: hope.
Word Origin from sabar Definition a hope NASB Word Usage hope (2). hope. ...
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8431. tocheleth -- a hope
... << 8430, 8431. tocheleth. 8432 >>. a hope. Transliteration: tocheleth Phonetic
Spelling: (to-kheh'-leth) Short Definition: hope. Word ...
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4723a. miqveh -- a hope
... a hope. Transliteration: miqveh or miqveh or miqve Short Definition: hope. Word
Origin from qavah Definition a hope NASB Word Usage Hope (1), hope (4). ...
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8615b. tiqvah -- a hope
... a hope. Transliteration: tiqvah Short Definition: hope. Word Origin from qavah
Definition a hope NASB Word Usage expectation (3), hope (28), longing (1). ...
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7663b. sabar -- to wait, hope
... << 7663a, 7663b. sabar. 7664 >>. to wait, hope. Transliteration: sabar Short
Definition: hope. Word Origin denominative verb from seber ...
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4723. miqveh -- a hope
... a hope. Transliteration: miqveh Phonetic Spelling: (mik-veh') Short Definition:
abiding. abiding, gathering together, hope, linen yarn, plenty of water, pool ...
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8616. Tiqvah -- "hope," two Israelites
... "hope," two Israelites. Transliteration: Tiqvah Phonetic Spelling: (tik-vaw') Short
Definition: Tikvah. Word Origin from qavah Definition "hope," two Isr. ...
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3176. yachal -- to wait, await
... to wait, await. Transliteration: yachal Phonetic Spelling: (yaw-chal') Short Definition:
hope. ... cause to, have, make to hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait. ...
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7663. sabar -- to inspect, examine
... << 7662, 7663. sabar. 7663a >>. to inspect, examine. Transliteration: sabar Phonetic
Spelling: (saw-bar') Short Definition: hope. hope, tarry, view, wait ...
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986. bittachon -- trust
... Word Origin from batach Definition trust NASB Word Usage confidence (2), hope (1).
confidence, hope. From batach; trust -- confidence, hope. see HEBREW batach. ...
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Hope in God

Hope in God's Promises

Hope in the Mercy of God

Hope is an Encouragement to Boldness in Preaching

Hope is the Work of the Holy Spirit

Hope of the Wicked

Hope of the Wicked is in Their Worldly Possessions

Hope of the Wicked: Shall be Extinguished in Death

Hope of the Wicked: Shall Make Them Ashamed

Hope of the Wicked: Shall Perish

Hope: A Better Hope Brought in by Christ

Hope: Abraham

Hope: Be Ready to Give an Answer Concerning

Hope: Blessed

Hope: Connected With Faith and Love

Hope: David

Hope: Encourage Others To

Hope: Encouragement To

Hope: General Scriptures Concerning

Hope: Gladdening

Hope: Good

Hope: Happiness of

Hope: Illustrated by a Helmet

Hope: Illustrated by an Anchor

Hope: Leads to Patience

Hope: Leads to Purity

Hope: Life is the Season of

Hope: Lively

Hope: Makes not Ashamed

Hope: Objects of a Resurrection

Hope: Objects of Christ's Glorious Appearing

Hope: Objects of Eternal Life

Hope: Objects of Glory

Hope: Objects of Righteousness

Hope: Objects of Salvation

Hope: Obtained Through: Faith

Hope: Obtained Through: Grace

Hope: Obtained Through: Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures

Hope: Obtained Through: The Gospel

Hope: Obtained Through: The Word

Hope: Paul

Hope: Saints are Called To

Hope: Saints: Have All, the Same

Hope: Saints: Have, in Death

Hope: Saints: Rejoice In

Hope: Saints: should Abound In

Hope: Saints: should Continue In

Hope: Saints: should Hold Fast

Hope: Saints: should Look for the Object of

Hope: Saints: should not be Ashamed of

Hope: Saints: should not be Moved From

Hope: Seek for Full Assurance of

Hope: Sure and Steadfast

Hope: The Result of Experience

Hope: The Wicked Have No Ground For

Hope: Thessalonians

Hope: Triumphs Over Difficulties

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