|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural.
2. (v. i.) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
3. (v. i.) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
4. (v. i.) To control one's self when provoked.
5. (v. t.) To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubtful propriety.
6. (v. t.) To treat with consideration or indulgence.
7. (v. t.) To cease from bearing.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
for-bar' (chadhal; anechomai): In the Old Testament chadhal, "to leave off," is the word most frequently translated "forbear" (Exodus 23:5, etc.); damam, "to be silent," chasakh, "to keep back," mashakh, "to draw or stretch out," occur once each; the Revised Version (British and American) renders Ezekiel 24:17 (damam), "Sigh, but not aloud," margin "Hebrew be silent,"; Proverbs 24:11 (chasakh), "See that thou hold back," margin "or forbear thou not to deliver," the King James Version "if thou forbear to deliver"; Nehemiah 9:30 (mashakh), "bear" instead of "forbear"; 'aph literally, "breathing," the "nose," hence, from violent breathing, "anger" ('erekh, "long," understood), and kul "to hold," are translated "forbearing" (Proverbs 25:15 Jeremiah 20:9, respectively).
In the New Testament we have anechomai, "to hold self back or up," "with longsuffering, forbearing one another" (Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:13); aniemi "to send back," the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) "forbear threatening' (Ephesians 6:9); pheidomai, "to spare," "but I forbear" (2 Corinthians 12:6); meergazesthai, "not to work," "to forbear working" (1 Corinthians 9:6); stego, "to cover," "conceal": "when I could no longer forbear" (1 Thessalonians 3:1, 5).
Forbear (24 Occurrences)
Matthew 27:49 The rest said, Forbear, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him. (WBS)
1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? (KJV ASV WBS)
2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. (KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS)
Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. (Root in KJV ASV WBS RSV)
1 Thessalonians 3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Exodus 23:5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him. (KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Deuteronomy 23:22 But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?" They said, "Go up; for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
1 Kings 22:15 When he had come to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?" He answered him, "Go up and prosper; and Yahweh will deliver it into the hand of the king." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
2 Chronicles 18:5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, Shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? They said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the hand of the king. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
2 Chronicles 18:14 When he was come to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? He said, Go up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
2 Chronicles 35:21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not. (KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Nehemiah 9:30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands. (KJV DBY WBS)
Job 16:6 "Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Proverbs 24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; (KJV JPS WBS)
Jeremiah 40:4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Jeremiah 44:5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods. (See JPS)
Ezekiel 2:5 They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 2:7 You shall speak my words to them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear; for they are most rebellious. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 3:11 Go to them of the captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them, and tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: He who hears, let him hear; and he who forbears, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. (KJV WBS)
Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)