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A delay in reaching a decision, or a reluctance to reach a decision, on account of uncertainty, caution or rebellion. Scripture provides examples of individuals who hesitate in the face of divine commands or promises, and indicates its dangers.

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Examples of people who hesitated


Genesis 19:16 NASB95
But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.

Lot’s wife

Genesis 19:26 NASB95
But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
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Peter in obeying the Lord

Acts 11:12 NASB95
The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.
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Other examples

Israel on approaching the promised land:

Gideon; Israel in the time of Elijah; Jeremiah

Examples of people who did not hesitate


Numbers 13:30 NASB95
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.”

Simon and Andrew

Matthew 4:18–20 NASB95
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.


Acts 20:27 NASB95
For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
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Believers should not hesitate to act when they know what is right

They should not hesitate to speak

Isaiah 58:1 NASB95
“Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins.

Jesus Christ commands immediate obedience

Luke 9:62 NASB95
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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God does not hesitate

To bring judgment

Ezekiel 24:14 NASB95
I, the Lord, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you,” declares the Lord God.’ ”
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The delay in Jesus Christ’s return is not due to hesitation

2 Peter 3:9 NASB95
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
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