from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The condition of being impenitent; want of penitence or repentance; obduracy; hardness of heart.
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- noun The condition of being impenitent; failure or refusal to repent; hardness of heart.
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- noun The property of being
impenitent, of lacking penitence, of not being regretful of wrongs done.
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- noun the trait of refusing to repent
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-- That this expresses a positive divine act, by which those who wilfully close their eyes and harden their hearts against the truth are judicially shut up in their unbelief and impenitence, is admitted by all candid critics [as Olshausen], though many of them think it necessary to contend that this is in no way inconsistent with the liberty of the human will, which of course it is not.
Wilful impenitence is the grossest self-murder; and that is a horrible thing, which we should abhor the thought of.
Obstinate impenitence is the grossest self-murder.
See how the impenitence is described (v. 7): They return not from their ways, the ways of their own hearts, into the ways of God's commandments again.
Jonah only threatened wrath and ruin; we do not find that he gave them any calls to repentance or directions how to repent, much less any encouragements to hope that they should find mercy if they did repent, and yet they repented; but Israel persisted in impenitence, though the prophets sent to them drew them with cords of a man, and with bands of love, and assured them of great things which God would do for them if they did repent and reform.
The last and the real cause of their impenitence is the state of sin which they freely chose as their portion on earth and in which they passed, unconverted, into the next life and into that state of permanence (status termini) by nature due to rational creatures, and to an unchangeable attitude of mind.
Therefore the same applies to impenitence which is a species of the sin against the Holy Ghost.
[131: 1] Guido's second speech, wherein he tells the truth, in the hope that his "impenitence" may defer his execution.
Why then is that impenitence which is never forgiven, spoken of as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit only?
On the part of sin, there are two things which may withdraw man therefrom: one is the inordinateness and shamefulness of the act, the consideration of which is wont to arouse man to repentance for the sin he has committed, and against this there is "impenitence," not as denoting permanence in sin until death, in which sense it was taken above (for thus it would not be a special sin, but a circumstance of sin), but as denoting the purpose of not repenting.