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FORBEAR, pret. forbore pp. forborne.

1. To stop to cease to hold from proceeding as, forbear to repeat these reproachful words.
2. To pause to delay as, forbear a while.
3. To abstain to omit to hold one's self from motion or entering on an affair.

Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? 1 Kings 22 .

4. To refuse to decline.

Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

Ezekiel 2 .

5. To be patient to restrain from action or violence. Proverbs 25:15 .


1. To avoid voluntarily to decline.

Forbear his presence.

2. To abstain from to omit to avoid doing. Learn from the scriptures what you ought to do and what to forbear.

Have we not power to forbear working? 1 Corinthians 9 .

3. To spare to treat with indulgence and patience.

Forbearing one another in love. Ephesians 4 .

4. To withhold.

Forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not. 2 Chronicles 35 .

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Entry for 'Forbear'. King James Dictionary.

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