The meaning of Avail in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
a-val' shawah, "to be equal," hence "to be enough," "to avail"): Used in the sense of "satisfy" (Esther 5:13). Queen Esther's exceptional favor availed not to satisfy Haman, because of his insane jealousy of his rival Mordecai. ischuo, "to be strong.," translated also "prevail" (Revelation 12:8); with a negative signifies incompetence, e.g. the impossibility of redemptivc merit or power in an outward ceremony or act (Galatians 5:6; Galatians 6:15 the King James Version): "neither circumcision availcth anything," contrasted with the efficacy of faith "in Christ Jesus." Used also to express the efficacy of prayer (James 5:16).
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