A concept whose basic meaning is that of “turning,” “turning to,” or “returning.” In the Bible, this can be applied either to God or to human beings in relation to God (e.g., Deut 13:17; Josh 24:20; Ps 51:13; Ps 85:3; Isa 6:10—note Mark 4:12 and parallels; John 12:40; Acts 28:27Isa 44:22; Isa 51:11; Isa 55:7; Jer 3:14; Jer 8:4-6; Ezek 33:10-16; Acts 9:35; Acts 15:3, Acts 19; Jas 5:19-20). Implied in these passages is a change of course or direction, not merely an attitudinal change or altering of one’s opinion.

Deut 13:17

17Do not let anything devoted to destruction stick to your hand, so that the Lord may turn from his fierce anger and show you compassion, and in his compassion ... View more

Josh 24:20

20If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.”

Ps 51:13

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.

Ps 85:3

3You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.

Isa 6:10

10Make the mind of this people dull,
and stop their ears,
and shut their eyes,
so that they may not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and compre ... View more

Mark 4:12

12in order that
‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,
and may indeed listen, but not understand;
so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’ ”

John 12:40

40“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal t ... View more

Acts 28:27

27For this people's heart has grown dull,
and their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
so that they might not look with their eyes,
and li ... View more

Isa 44:22

22I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud,
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Isa 51:11

11So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and so ... View more

Jer 3:14

14Return, O faithless children,
says the Lord,
for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
and I will bring you to Zion.

Jer 8:4-6

The Blind Perversity of the Whole Nation
4You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
When people fall, do they not get up again?
If they go astray, do they not ... View more

Ezek 33:10-16

God's Justice and Mercy
10Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: “Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away bec ... View more

Acts 9:35

35And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

Acts 15:3

3So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought ... View more

Acts 19

Paul in Ephesus
1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.2He said to them, “Di ... View more

Jas 5:19-20

19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wa ... View more

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