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Holman Bible Dictionary
Noun meaning a brief moment of time (Isaiah 29:5
; Isaiah 30:15
; Jeremiah 18:7-9
) and adjective in KJV used in the sense of insistent, pressing, or urgent. For example, “they were instant” (Luke 23:23
, KJV) means “they kept urgently demanding” (NRSV); “continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12
, KJV) means “persevere in prayer” (NRSV) or “faithful in prayer” (NIV); “be instant” (2 Timothy 4:2
, KJV) means “be persistent” (NRSV) or “be prepared” (NIV).
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 'Instant'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/i/instant.html. 1991.