What the scriptures say about
test; establish the truth
evidence; examine for errors
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  Deuteronomy 22:14-20 - proof of virginity   |   Acts 1:3 - after resurrection, Jesus gave many convincing proofs that he was alive  
  Acts 17:31 - proof of the judgment by His raising Jesus from the dead   |   2Corinthians 8:24 - proof of love  
  2Corinthians 13:3 - demanding proof that Christ is speaking through Paul  
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  Genesis 44:16 How will we clear ourselves? (prove our innocence)   |   Deuteronomy 13:14 inquire, probe, and investigate to prove   |   Deut 19:18 proving false testimony  
  Job 32:12 friends didn't prove Job wrong   |   Psalm 105:19 word of LORD proved Joseph's words true  

PROVE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

proov (bachan, nacah; dokimazo, peirazo): Means
(1) to test or try;

(2) to establish, demonstrate;

(3) to find by experience.

It is for the most part in the first (original) sense that the word is found in Scripture.

In the Old Testament it is most frequently the translation of nacah, primarily "to lift," hence, to weigh (Genesis 42:15-16, etc.).

God is said to "prove" His people, i.e. to test or try them for their good (Genesis 22:1; Exodus 15:25; Deuteronomy 8:16, etc.).

The Psalmist prays that God may prove him (Psalms 26:2).

The word is frequently rendered "tempt." See TEMPT; TEMPTATION.

The word bachan, primarily "to try by heat," has a similar meaning (Psalms 17:3, the heart, like metal, purified from dross; compare Job 23:10; Psalms 7:9; Malachi 3:2, etc.).

In the New Testament the word most frequently rendered "prove" (sometimes "try") is dokimazo
(Luke 14:19; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 8:8, 22; 13:5; Ephesians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Peirazo, "to tempt," "to prove," used in both a good and a bad sense, frequently translated "tempt" (which see), is rendered "prove" in John 6:6,
"This he said to prove him."
Both Greek words occur frequently in Apocrypha (Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus).

The Revised Version (British and American) has "prove"

for "tempt" (Genesis 22:1);

for "make" (Job 24:25; Galatians 2:18);

(for) "manifest" (Ecclesiastes 3:18);

for "examine" (1 Corinthians 11:28);

for "try" (1 Corinthians 3:13; 1 John 4:1), etc.

W. L. Walker

PROVE ALL THINGS [Thompson Chain Reference]
* Jeremiah 6:27 I have made you a tester of metals and a fortress among my people; that you may know and try their way."
* Ephesians 5:10 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. (5:9-10)
* 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
* 1 John 4:1 Beloved, dont believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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