|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To make firm or firmer; to add strength to; to establish; as, health is confirmed by exercise.
2. (v. t.) To strengthen in judgment or purpose.
3. (v. t.) To give new assurance of the truth of; to render certain; to verify; to corroborate; as, to confirm a rumor.
4. (v. t.) To render valid by formal assent; to complete by a necessary sanction; to ratify; as, to confirm the appointment of an official; the Senate confirms a treaty.
5. (v. t.) To administer the rite of confirmation to. See Confirmation, 3.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kon-furm, konfer-ma'-shun: In the Old Testament represented by several Hebrew words, generally with reference to an increase of external strength, as "c. the feeble knees" (Isaiah 35:3); "c. the kingdom" (2 Kings 15:19); "c. inheritance" (Psalm 68:9). In the New Testament, this external, objective sense is expressed by bebaioo, as in Mark 16:20 Romans 15:8. The strengthening of mind, purpose, conviction, i.e. the inner or subjective sense (Acts 14:22; Acts 15:32, 41) corresponds to episterizo. Used also of ratifying or making valid (kuroo) a covenant (Galatians 3:15). The noun is used in the second sense (Hebrews 6:16 Philippians 1:7). Confirmation, the rite, in some denominations, of admission to the full communion of the church, which the Roman church has elevated to the place of a sacrament, has only ecclesiastical, but no Scriptural, authority. It is grounded, however, in the Scriptural precedent of the laying on of hands after baptism.
See HANDS, IMPOSITION, LAYING ON OF.
H. E. Jacobs
Confirm (39 Occurrences)
Luke 22:32 but I have besought for thee that thy faith fail not; and thou, when once thou hast been restored, confirm thy brethren. (DBY)
Acts 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth. (See NIV)
Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them. (Root in KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Romans 15:8 Now I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision for the truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given to the fathers, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 1:8 who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
2 Corinthians 2:8 Therefore I beg you to confirm your love toward him. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Philippians 1:7 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Thessalonians 3:2 and sent Timotheus, our brother and fellow-workman under God in the glad tidings of Christ, to confirm you and encourage you concerning your faith, (DBY)
1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (See NAS)
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. (See RSV)
Genesis 26:3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you. For to you, and to your seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. (See NIV)
Leviticus 26:9 "'I will have respect for you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and will establish my covenant with you. (See NAS RSV)
Numbers 23:19 God 'is' not a man -- and lieth, And a son of man -- and repenteth! Hath He said -- and doth He not do 'it'? And spoken -- and doth He not confirm it? (YLT)
Numbers 30:13 Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. (See NAS NIV)
Deuteronomy 8:18 But you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 9:5 Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go in to possess their land; but for the wickedness of these nations Yahweh your God does drive them out from before you, and that he may establish the word which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (See NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 27:26 'Cursed is he who doesn't confirm the words of this law to do them.' All the people shall say,'Amen.'" (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Ruth 4:7 Now this was the custom in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man took off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
1 Samuel 1:23 Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems good to you. Wait until you have weaned him; only may Yahweh establish his word." So the woman waited and nursed her son, until she weaned him. (See NAS)
2 Samuel 7:25 Now, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as you have spoken. (WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV)
1 Kings 1:14 Behold, while you yet talk there with the king, I also will come in after you, and confirm your words." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 2:4 that Jehovah may confirm his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If thy sons take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee, said he, a man upon the throne of Israel. (DBY)
2 Kings 15:19 There came against the land Pul the king of Assyria; and Menahem gave Pul one thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS RSV)
2 Kings 23:3 The king stood by the pillar, and made a covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and all his soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book: and all the people stood to the covenant. (WEB JPS ASV NIV)
2 Kings 23:24 Moreover those who had familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the teraphim, and the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of Yahweh. (WEB JPS ASV NAS)
1 Chronicles 17:14 but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom forever. His throne shall be established forever."'" (See RSV)
Esther 9:29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority to confirm this second letter of Purim. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Esther 9:31 to confirm these days of Purim in their appointed times, as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had decreed, and as they had imposed upon themselves and their descendants, in the matter of the fastings and their cry. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Psalms 68:9 You, God, sent a plentiful rain. You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS)
Psalms 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands. (See NAS)
Psalms 119:38 Confirm unto thy servant thy word, Which is in order unto the fear of thee. (ASV JPS RSV)
Psalms 119:106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it, that I will obey your righteous ordinances. (Root in WEB JPS ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. (KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 11:5 that I may establish the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day. Then answered I, and said, Amen, Yahweh. (See NAS)
Jeremiah 28:6 even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: Yahweh do so; Yahweh perform your words which you have prophesied, to bring again the vessels of Yahweh's house, and all them of the captivity, from Babylon to this place. (See NAS)
Jeremiah 44:25 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, saying, You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of the sky, and to pour out drink offerings to her: establish then your vows, and perform your vows. (See NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 13:6 They have seen falsehood and lying divination, who say, Yahweh says; but Yahweh has not sent them: and they have made men to hope that the word would be confirmed. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV DBY WBS NIV)
Daniel 11:1 "As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS RSV)