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DESIRE

de-zir': The verb "to desire" in the Scriptures usually means "to long for," "to ask for," "to demand," and may be used in a good or bad sense (compare Dt 7:25 the King James Version). the Revised Version (British and American) frequently renders the more literal meaning of the Hebrew. Compare Job 20:20, "delight"; Prov 21:20, "precious"; Ps 40:6, "delight"; aiteo (except Col 1:9), and erotao (except Lk 7:36) are rendered "to ask" and zeteo, "to seek" (compare Lk 9:9 et. al.). The Hebrew kacaph, literally, "to lose in value," is translated (Zeph 2:1) by "hath no shame" (the Revised Version, margin "longing," the King James Version "not desired"). The literal translation "to lose in value," "to degenerate," would be more in harmony with the context than the translations offered. The Hebrew chemdah (2 Ch 21:20, "without being desired"), means according to the Arabic "to praise," "to give thanks." The context brings in contrast the burial of the king Jehoram with that of his fathers. In the latter case there was "burning," i.e. recognition and praise, but when Jehoram died, there was no chemdah, i.e. there was no praise for his services rendered to the kingdom. For "desire" in Eccl 12:5, see CAPERBERRY.
A. L. Breslich
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'desire'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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