Holman Bible Dictionary
The Greek word for sorrow is usually lupe. It means “grief, sorrow, pain of mind or spirit, affliction.” Paul distinguished between godly and worldly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:8-11 ). Sorrow can lead a person to a deeper faith in God; or it can cause a person to live with regret, centered on the experience that caused the sorrow. Jesus gave believers words of hope to overcome trouble, distress, and sorrow: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Sorrow'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/s/sorrow.html. 1991.