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Will

WILL (אָבָה, H14, רָצָה, H8354; βούλομαι; θέλω). Neither the principal terms used in Scripture to indicate acts of human will, nor the less frequently used terms, indicate a “faculty” of will, or a specific “power” of willing. The Bible does not speak of will in such an abstract manner, nor does it present any critically or systematicaly developed psychology, least of all a classical faculty psychology; nor does it discuss the philosophical problem of freedom and determinism. Since it is rather a literary record of God’s dealings with men than a psychological or philosophical treatise, the Bible speaks in simple fashion of human acts and agents, of decisions and desires, of commands and intentions. Yet what it says has implications for the more theoretical questions.