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The word ἱλασμός is from the verb 'to be propitious.' Propitiation represents in scripture that aspect of the death of Christ in which has been vindicated the holy and righteous character of God, and in virtue of which He is enabled to be propitious, or merciful, to the whole world. 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10 . A kindred word (the verb) occurs in Hebrews 2:17 , where, instead of 'to make reconciliation,' should be read "to make 'propitiation' for the sins of the people." In Romans 3:25 , 'propitiation' (ἱλαστήριον) should be 'mercy seat,' as the same word is, and must be, translated in Hebrews 9:5 . See ATONEMENT.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Propitiation'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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