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International Standard Bible Encyclopediadē̇
´: The substantive only in 2 Corinthians 4:8
, "perplexed, but not in (the Revised Version (British and American) "yet not unto") despair," literally, "being at a loss, but not utterly at a loss." "Unto despair" here conveys the force of the Greek prefix ex
("utterly," "out and out"). Desperate
, in Job 6:26
; Isaiah 17:11
. In the latter instance, the Hebrew adjective is derived from a verb = "to be sick," and the literally, rendering would be "incurable" (compare Job 34:6
, "my wound is incurable"). Desperately
in Jeremiah 17:9
the King James Version, where the heart is said to be "desperately (i.e. incurably) wicked" or "sick.»
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Despair'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/d/despair.html. 1915.