Holman Bible Dictionary
An authoritive act reversing a sentence given under a guilty verdict. Prayer for God's pardon for sin is based on the greatness of God's covenant love and on the long history of God's acts of forgiveness (Numbers 14:19
; Micah 7:18
). The Old Testament believers were already aware that the condition for seeking pardon was a repentant heart rather than ritual exactness (1 Chronicles 29:18
). God's willingness to abundantly pardon serves as an incentive to repentance (Isaiah 55:7
). See Atonement
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 'Pardon'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/p/pardon.html. 1991.