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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

2. (n.) To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.

3. (n.) To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.

4. (n.) To allay; to temper.

5. (v. i.) To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-la': The noun "delay" (Acts 25:17, "I made no delay"; the King James Version "without any delay") means "procrastination." The verb "to delay" (Exodus 22:29; 'achar) involves the idea "to stop for a time," the people being admonished not to discontinue a custom. The Pil. perfect of bush (Exodus 32:1), "Moses delayed to come," expresses not only the fact that he tarried, but also the disappointment on the part of the people, being under the impression that he possibly was put to shame and had failed in his mission, which also better explains the consequent action of the people. "To delay" (chronizo) is used transitively in Matthew 24:48 (the Revised Version (British and American) "My lord tarrieth") and in Luke 12:45. The meaning here is "to prolong," "to defer."

A. L. Breslich

5549. chronizo -- to spend or take time, delay
... to spend or take time, delay. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: chronizo Phonetic
Spelling: (khron-id'-zo) Short Definition: I delay, tarry Definition: I ...
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311. anabole -- delay
... delay. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: anabole Phonetic Spelling:
(an-ab-ol-ay') Short Definition: postponement, delay, putting off Definition ...
// - 5k

311a. anabole -- delay
... anabole. 311b . delay. Transliteration: anabole Short Definition: delay. Word
Origin from anaballo Definition delay NASB Word Usage delay (1). 311, 311a. ...
// - 5k

3635. okneo -- to shrink (from doing), to hesitate (to do)
... to shrink (from doing), to hesitate (to do). Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration:
okneo Phonetic Spelling: (ok-neh'-o) Short Definition: I delay, hesitate, am ...
// - 6k

1019. braduno -- to retard, to be slow
... to retard, to be slow. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: braduno Phonetic Spelling:
(brad-oo'-no) Short Definition: I am slow, I delay Definition: I am slow ...
// - 6k

691. argeo -- to be idle
... to be idle. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: argeo Phonetic Spelling:
(arg-eh'-o) Short Definition: I linger, delay, am idle Definition: I linger, delay ...
// - 6k

3195. mello -- to be about to
... to. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: mello Phonetic Spelling: (mel'-lo) Short
Definition: I am about to Definition: I intend, am about to; I delay, linger. ...
// - 9k

5550. chronos -- time
... word Definition time NASB Word Usage age (1), all (1), delay (1), exact time (1),
long (5), long ages (2), long* (1), period (2), time (30), times (5), while (5 ...
// - 7k

5035. tachu -- quickly
... 6). [5035 () does not mean "immediately" or necessarily "in a very short
time" but rather "without any delay."]. Word Origin neut. ...
// - 7k

1907. epecho -- to hold fast, to hold toward, to stop
... to stop. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epecho Phonetic Spelling:
(ep-ekh'-o) Short Definition: I hold forth, pay attention, note, delay Definition: ( ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
4102. mahah -- to linger, tarry
... to linger, tarry. Transliteration: mahah Phonetic Spelling: (maw-hah') Short Definition:
delay. Word Origin a prim. ... delay, linger, stay selves, tarry. ...
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309. achar -- to remain behind, tarry
... 308, 309. achar. 310 . to remain behind, tarry. Transliteration: achar Phonetic
Spelling: (aw-khar') Short Definition: delay. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/309.htm - 6k

6101. atsel -- to be sluggish
... to be sluggish. Transliteration: atsel Phonetic Spelling: (aw-tsal') Short Definition:
delay. ... root Definition to be sluggish NASB Word Usage delay (1). ...
/hebrew/6101.htm - 5k

5975. amad -- to take one's stand, stand
... 15), arise (11), arisen (1), arose (3), attend* (1), attended (1), broke (1), changed
(1), confirmed (2), continue (1), defend (2), delay (2), endure (5 ...
/hebrew/5975.htm - 7k

4900. mashak -- to draw, drag
... A primitive root; to draw, used in a great variety of applications (including to
sow, to sound, to prolong, to develop, to march, to remove, to delay, to be ...
/hebrew/4900.htm - 6k

954. bosh -- to be ashamed
... to be disappointed or delayed -- (be, make, bring to, cause, put to, with,
a-)shamed(-d), be (put to) confounded(-fusion), become dry, delay, be long. ...
/hebrew/954.htm - 6k

989. betel -- to cease
... Word Origin (Aramaic) corresponding to batal Definition to cease NASB Word Usage
ceased (1), delay (1), stop (2), stopped (2). cause, make to, cease, hinder. ...
/hebrew/989.htm - 6k

748. arak -- to be long
... root Definition to be long NASB Word Usage continue (1), delay (1), endure* (1),
endures (1), lengthen (3), lengthened (1), lingered (2), live (2), long (5 ...
/hebrew/748.htm - 6k

3176. yachal -- to wait, await
... root Definition to wait, await NASB Word Usage delay (1), have hope (2), hope (13),
hoped (1), wait (13), wait expectantly (2), waited (7), waste time (1). ...
/hebrew/3176.htm - 6k

3186. yachar -- tarry longer
... Word Origin the same as achar, qv. tarry longer A primitive root; to delay --
tarry longer. 3185, 3186. yachar. 3187 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/3186.htm - 5k


Song 13. The Danger of Delay.
... Divine Songs Song 13. The danger of delay. The danger of delay. 8,8,8,8. Why should
I say, "Tis yet too soon. "To seek for heaven or think of death?". ...
// and moral songs/song 13 the danger of.htm

Song 13. The Danger of Delay.
... Divine Songs For Children. Song 13. The Danger of Delay. 1 Why should
I say, "`Tis yet too soon "To seek for heaven or think of ...
/.../watts/divine songs for children/song 13 the danger of.htm

Of the Advantage of the Delay which Results from the Struggle ...
... II. Second Conference of Abbot Moses. Chapter XIII. Of the advantage of the delay
which results from the struggle between flesh and spirit. ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xiii of the advantage.htm

Advantage of the Delay.
... Book I. Chapter XXI."Advantage of the Delay. To this Peter answered: "Tell
Simon in the meantime to do as he pleases, and to rest ...
/.../unknown/recognitions of clement /chapter xxi advantage of the delay.htm

To Make up for Our Delay in This, we Bring under Your Notice ...
... Chapter XX. To make up for our delay in this, we bring under your notice
something of? To make up for our delay in this, we bring ...
// xx to make up.htm

The Awakened Sinner Urged to Immediate Consideration and Cautioned ...
/.../chapter iii the awakened sinner.htm

Clii. Report of the (Bishops) of the East to the Emperor, Giving ...
... Report of the (Bishops) of the East to the Emperor, giving information of their
proceedings, and explaining the cause of the delay in the arrival of the Bishop ...
/.../the ecclesiastical history of theodoret/clii report of the bishops.htm

Meditations Directing a Christian How to Apply to Himself, Without ...
... THE PRACTICE OF PIETY. Meditations directing a Christian how to apply to himself,
without delay, the foresaid knowledge of God and himself. ...
/.../bayly/the practice of piety/meditations directing a christian how.htm

Prayer and Faith
... There is bound to be much delay and long days of waiting for true faith, but faith
accepts the conditions " knows there will be delays in answering prayer ...
// necessity of prayer/i prayer and faith.htm

Spiritual Dryness.
... little. First there will be a momentary delay of spiritual duties. ... postponement.
One delay will soon be followed by another and then by another. ...
// to live a holy life/spiritual dryness.htm

Delay (47 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) To allay; to temper. 5. (vi) To move slowly; to stop for a time; to
linger; to tarry. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DELAY. ...
/d/delay.htm - 21k

Delayed (18 Occurrences)
... (imp. & pp) of Delay. ... Delayed (18 Occurrences). Matthew 24:48 And, if that evil servant
may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come, (See RSV). ...
/d/delayed.htm - 11k

Respite (8 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) A rest; a postponement or delay; a break. 2. (n.) Temporary intermission
of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. ...
/r/respite.htm - 9k

Defer (7 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay;
as, to defer payment of a fee the execution of; to delay; to withhold. ...
/d/defer.htm - 9k

Tarry (62 Occurrences)
... 2. (vi) To stay or remain behind; to wait. 3. (vi) To delay; to put off going
or coming; to loiter. ... 5. (vt) To delay; to defer; to put off. ...
/t/tarry.htm - 25k

... 1. (vi) To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness;
to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle. ...
/d/dally.htm - 7k

Linger (7 Occurrences)
... 1. (v.) To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in
parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate. ...
/l/linger.htm - 8k

Ready (451 Occurrences)
... journey. 2. (superl.) Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no
delay for lack of being prepared or furnished. 3. (superl ...
/r/ready.htm - 36k

Deliverer (29 Occurrences)
... You are my help and my deliverer. Don't delay, my God. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS
YLT NAS RSV NIV). ... You are my help and my deliverer. Yahweh, don't delay. ...
/d/deliverer.htm - 15k

Needy (83 Occurrences)
... You are my help and my deliverer. Don't delay, my God. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS
YLT NAS RSV NIV). ... You are my help and my deliverer. Yahweh, don't delay. ...
/n/needy.htm - 30k

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Delay (47 Occurrences)

Matthew 5:25
Come to terms without delay with your opponent while you are yet with him on the way to the court; for fear he should obtain judgement from the magistrate against you, and the magistrate should give you in custody to the officer and you be thrown into prison.

Matthew 24:48
But if that evil servant should say in his heart,'My lord is delaying his coming,'

Matthew 25:16
Without delay the one who had received the five talents went and employed them in business, and gained five more.

Mark 1:30
Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill in bed with a fever, and without delay they informed Him about her.

Mark 11:3
And if any one asks you, 'Why are you doing that?' say, 'The Master needs it, and will send it back here without delay.'"

Luke 1:21
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.

Luke 12:45
But if that servant says in his heart,'My lord delays his coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken,

Luke 18:7
Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Luke 24:33
So they rose and without an hour's delay returned to Jerusalem, and found the Eleven and the rest met together, who said to them,

John 13:32
Moreover God will glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him without delay.

Acts 9:38
As Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.

Acts 16:33
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, without delay.

Acts 22:16
And now why delay? Rise, get yourself baptized, and wash off your sins, calling upon His name.'

Acts 24:4
But, that I don't delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words.

Acts 25:17
When therefore they had come together here, I didn't delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought.

1 Corinthians 4:19
But, if the Lord is willing, I shall come to you without delay; and then I shall know not the fine speeches of these conceited people, but their power.

1 Timothy 3:15
but if I delay, in order that thou mayest know how one ought to conduct oneself in God's house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.

Hebrews 10:37
For there is still but a short time and then "The coming One will come and will not delay.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Revelation 6:10
And now in loud voices they cried out, saying, "How long, O Sovereign Lord, the holy One and the true, dost Thou delay judgment and the taking of vengeance upon the inhabitants of the earth for our blood?"

Revelation 10:6
and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there will no longer be delay,

Revelation 10:7
"There shall be no further delay; but in the days when the seventh angel blows his trumpet--when he begins to do so--then the secret purposes of God are realized, in accordance with the good news which He gave to His servants the Prophets."

Genesis 24:56
And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing Jehovah hath prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.

Genesis 34:19
And the youth did not delay to do this, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter. And he was honourable above all in the house of his father.

Genesis 45:9
Haste ye, and return to my father, and say to him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me; delay not:

Exodus 12:39
And they bake with the dough which they have brought out from Egypt unleavened cakes, for it hath not fermented; for they have been cast out of Egypt, and have not been able to delay, and also provision they have not made for themselves.

Exodus 22:29
"You shall not delay to offer from your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. "You shall give the firstborn of your sons to me.

Deuteronomy 7:10
and repayeth them that hate him each to his face, to cause them to perish: he delayeth not with him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
(Root in DBY YLT NAS)

Deuteronomy 23:21
When thou vowest a vow to Jehovah thy God, thou shalt not delay to perform it; for Jehovah thy God will certainly require it of thee, and it shall be sin in thee.

Judges 5:28
Through the window she hath looked out -- Yea, she crieth out -- the mother of Sisera, Through the lattice: Wherefore is his chariot delaying to come? Wherefore tarried have the steps of his chariot?
(Root in YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 18:9
They said, "Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. Do you stand still? Don't be slothful to go and to enter in to possess the land.
(See NAS)

1 Samuel 20:38
Jonathan cried after the boy, "Go fast! Hurry! Don't delay!" Jonathan's boy gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.

2 Kings 9:3
Then take the vial of oil, and pour it on his head, and say,'Thus says Yahweh, "I have anointed you king over Israel."' Then open the door, flee, and don't wait."
(See NIV)

Psalms 40:17
But I am poor and needy. May the Lord think about me. You are my help and my deliverer. Don't delay, my God.

Psalms 70:5
But I am poor and needy. Come to me quickly, God. You are my help and my deliverer. Yahweh, don't delay.

Psalms 119:60
I will hurry, and not delay, to obey your commandments.

Psalms 127:2
Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So He giveth to His beloved one sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:4
When thou vowest a vow to God, delay not to complete it, for there is no pleasure in fools; that which thou vowest -- complete.

Ecclesiastes 8:3
Be not quick to go from before him. Be not fixed in an evil design, because he does whatever is pleasing to him.
(See RSV)

Isaiah 46:13
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not delay; and I will give salvation in Zion, and unto Israel my glory.

Isaiah 48:9
Because of my name I will put away my wrath, and for my praise I will keep myself from cutting you off.

Jeremiah 4:6
Put up a flag for a sign to Zion: go in flight so that you may be safe, waiting no longer: for I will send evil from the north, and a great destruction.
(See NIV)

Ezekiel 12:25
For I am the LORD; I will speak, what word soever it be that I shall speak, and it shall be performed; it shall be no more delayed; for in your days, O rebellious house, will I speak the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.'

Daniel 9:19
O lord, hear, O Lord, forgive; O Lord, attend and do; do not delay, for Thine own sake, O my God, for Thy name is called on Thy city, and on Thy people.'

Hosea 13:13
The sorrows of a travailing woman will come on him. He is an unwise son; for when it is time, he doesn't come to the opening of the womb.
(See NAS)

Micah 5:7
The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples, like dew from Yahweh, like showers on the grass, that don't wait for man, nor wait for the sons of men.
(See NAS)

Habakkuk 2:3
For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay.



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