'Refrain' in the Bible
would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from having husbands? No, my daughters, for it grieves me much for your sakes, for the hand of Yahweh has gone out against me."
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I not cut you off.
Will you refrain yourself for these things, Yahweh? Will you hold your peace, and afflict us very severely?
Thus says Yahweh: Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says Yahweh; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
Also their gods, with their molten images, [and] with their goodly vessels of silver and of gold, shall he carry captive into Egypt; and he shall refrain some years from the king of the north.
For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, so that no man may think more of me than that which he sees in me, or hears from me.