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Imagination

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KJV term for thought as the prelude to action, frequently in the sense of plotting or devising evil; can also refer to stubbornness from the Hebrew words meaning formed or twisted. Imagination means evil plans (Proverbs 6:18 ; Lamentations 3:60-61 ). At Deuteronomy 31:21 and possibly Romans 1:21 , imagination refers to the inclination to do evil. God opposes the imaginations of the proud (Luke 1:51 ; 2 Corinthians 10:5 ). Imagination is also used in a neutral sense (1 Chronicles 28:9 ). Most often, imagination means stubborness (Deuteronomy 29:19 ; Jeremiah 3:17 ; Jeremiah 7:24 ; Jeremiah 9:14 ; Jeremiah 11:8 ; Jeremiah 13:10 ; Jeremiah 16:12 ; Jeremiah 18:12 ; Jeremiah 23:17 ). Modern translations use imagination less frequently. For example, the RSV used imagination only four times: for the inclination to do evil (Genesis 6:5 ; Genesis 8:21 NRSV reads, “inclination”); for the plans of the proud ( Luke 1:51 NSRV reads “thoughts”); and in connection with the making of idols ( Acts 17:29 ) where imagination may mean creativity or more likely a depraved mind. The NIV also used imagination four times: in reference to fabricating prophecy (Ezekiel 13:2 ,Ezekiel 13:2,13:17 ); and for evil plans (Isaiah 65:2 ; Isaiah 66:18 ).


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Imagination'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/i/imagination.html. 1991.

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