Bible Dictionary for HOPE

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Definition of Hope and Word Origin

HOPE (hōp)

Meaning for Hope

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary


  1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
  2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
  3. A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.
  4. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.
  5. That which is hoped for; an object of hope.


  1. (v. i.) To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; — usually followed by for.
  2. (v. i.) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; — usually followed by in.
  3. (v. t.) To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of.
  4. (v. t.) To expect; to fear.


Easton’s Bible Dictionary


One of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). “Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4).” Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as “lively”, i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, i.e., “the hope set before us,” namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression “hope in him” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “hope on him,” i.e., a hope based on God.



Origin mid-13 century


Old English hopa, from hope (v.).

Cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch hope, Dutch hoop, all from their respective verbs.


Old English hopian “wish, expect, look forward (to something),” of unknown origin, a general North Sea Germanic word.

Cf. Old Frisian hopia, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch hopen

Middle High German hoffen “to hope,” borrowed from Low German).

Some suggest a connection with hop (v.) on the notion of “leaping in expectation” [Klein]. Related: Hoped ; hoping.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. – Desmond Tutu

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. – Psalm 31:24

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. – George Washington Carver 


Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary  (1888 edition) is a public domain dictionary. This dictionary was published by G. & C. Merriam Company. Release to public in 1913.

The Illustrated Bible Dictionary, better known as Easton’s Bible Dictionary, is a reference work on topics related to the Christian Bible compiled by Matthew George Easton in 1893.

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Let’s put our hope in Christ Jesus: who is our Savior and Advocate. He is our defender by his precious blood offered at the mercy seat. God sent Him to do what no other power on the earth, in the heavens, or down below can do – translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13). We must remember His wonder working power in His blood. Our hope cries Hallelujah, thank your Lord! Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me in which we appreciate this help that ushers our spirits to You. We will believe and have faith unto the end. Praise the Lord.


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