Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Consolation is found 14 times in the King James Version Bible, but only one of these is
times is it found in the Old Testament. The NT Greek word has several slightly different
senses depending on the context in which it is used. Generally, however, the thought of
consolation has to do with being comforted. See the following verses as examples.
“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man
was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon
him” (Luke 2:25). Here the consolation of Israel refers to the joy and comfort that the
nation will have when the Messiah (our Lord Jesus Christ) comes to reign over Israel. The
first time He came, He was rejected, and so up until this very day, Israel is still awaiting this
wonderful and glorious consolation. The Messiah will come again after the rapture of the
church and after the 7 years of tribulation in this world and He will reign for one thousand
years of perfect glory, righteousness and peace (the millennium).
“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The
son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus” (Acts 4:36).
Here the name of a man has the sense of one who is a comfort and an encouragement to
others. What a happy thing to be known as a comforter and an encourager.
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another
according to Christ Jesus” (Rom. 15:5).
Our blessed God and Father is merciful, patient and has perfect, infinite consolation (com-
fort and encouragement) for all of His beloved children, saved through the precious blood
of our Lord Jesus Christ, His beloved Son.
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might
have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set
before us” (Heb. 6:18).
Here we have an example of slightly different sense of the word consolation. Here the
thought has to do with assurance. The believing Jews (Jews who trusted in Christ and
became Christians) are assured that in fleeing to the one the Jews crucified who is risen
from among the dead, alive and seated at the Father’s right hand in glory, they will receive
even more and better blessings than Jehovah promised to His earthly love people.