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Noun meaning a brief moment of time (Isaiah 29:5; Isaiah 30:15; Jeremiah 18:7-9 ) and adjective in KJV used in the sense of insistent, pressing, or urgent. For example, “they were instant” (Luke 23:23 , KJV) means “they kept urgently demanding” (NRSV); “continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12 , KJV) means “persevere in prayer” (NRSV) or “faithful in prayer” (NIV); “be instant” (2 Timothy 4:2 , KJV) means “be persistent” (NRSV) or “be prepared” (NIV).

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Instant'. Holman Bible Dictionary.​dictionaries/​eng/​hbd/​i/instant.html. 1991.