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John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commandments.

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Matthew 5:48
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. i.) To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard.

2. (v. i.) To struggle in opposition; to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth.

3. (v. i.) To vie; to compete; to be a rival.

4. (n.) An effort; a striving.

5. (n.) Strife; contention.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


See GAMES, II, 2.

4865. sunagonizomai -- to strive with
... to strive with. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: sunagonizomai Phonetic Spelling:
(soon-ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I struggle in company with ...
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2051. erizo -- to wrangle, strive
... to wrangle, strive. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: erizo Phonetic Spelling:
(er-id'-zo) Short Definition: I contend, dispute Definition: I contend ... strive. ...
// - 6k

4866. sunathleo -- to strive with
... to strive with. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: sunathleo Phonetic Spelling:
(soon-ath-leh'-o) Short Definition: I compete together with others Definition ...
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3054. logomacheo -- to strive with words
... to strive with words. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: logomacheo Phonetic
Spelling: (log-om-akh-eh'-o) Short Definition: I contend about words Definition ...
// - 6k

5383. philoproteuo -- to strive to be first
... to strive to be first. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: philoproteuo Phonetic
Spelling: (fil-op-rote-yoo'-o) Short Definition: I desire preeminence ...
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496. antipipto -- to fall against, strive against
... to fall against, strive against. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: antipipto
Phonetic Spelling: (an-tee-pip'-to) Short Definition: I fall foul of, resist ...
// - 7k

3164. machomai -- to fight
... to fight. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: machomai Phonetic Spelling:
(makh'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I engage in battle, fight, strive Definition: ...
// - 6k

464. antagonizomai -- to struggle against
... against. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: antagonizomai Phonetic Spelling:
(an-tag-o-nid'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I resist, strive against Definition ...
// - 6k

75. agonizomai -- to contend for a prize, struggle
... for a prize, struggle. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: agonizomai Phonetic
Spelling: (ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I strive, contend Definition ...
// - 7k

1264. diamachomai -- to struggle against
... to struggle against. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: diamachomai Phonetic
Spelling: (dee-am-akh'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I strive greatly, contend ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
7378. rib -- to strive, contend
... 7377, 7378. rib or rub. 7379 . to strive, contend. Transliteration: rib or
rub Phonetic Spelling: (reeb) Short Definition: contend. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/7378.htm - 6k

7712. shedar -- to struggle, strive
... shedar. 7713 . to struggle, strive. Transliteration: shedar Phonetic Spelling:
(shed-ar') Short Definition: exerting. Word Origin (Aramaic) a prim. ...
/hebrew/7712.htm - 5k

1624. garah -- to stir up (strife), engage in strife
... Definition to stir up (strife), engage in strife NASB Word Usage contend (1), engaged
in conflict (1), mobilize (2), provoke (5), stirs (3), strive (1), wage ...
/hebrew/1624.htm - 6k

5327. natsah -- perhaps to fly
... natsah. 5327a . perhaps to fly. Transliteration: natsah Phonetic Spelling:
(naw-tsaw') Short Definition: waste. be laid waste, ruinous, strive together ...
/hebrew/5327.htm - 5k

1519. giach -- to break forth
... strive. (Aramaic) or (shortened) guwach (Aramaic) {goo'- akh}; corresponding to
giyach; to rush forth -- strive. see HEBREW giyach. 1518, 1519. giach. 1520 > ...
/hebrew/1519.htm - 6k

3401. yarib -- opponent, adversary
... Word Origin from rib Definition opponent, adversary NASB Word Usage contend (1),
one who contends (1), opponents (1). that contends, that strive , adversary. ...
/hebrew/3401.htm - 6k

6229. asaq -- to contend
... root Definition to contend NASB Word Usage contended (1). strive with. A primitive
root (identical with ashaq); to press upon, ie Quarrel; --strive with. ...
/hebrew/6229.htm - 6k

1245. baqash -- to seek
... A primitive root; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer);
by implication, to strive after -- ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get ...
/hebrew/1245.htm - 6k

7379. rib -- strife, dispute
... a contest (personal or legal) -- + adversary, cause, chiding, contend(-tion),
controversy, multitude (from the margin), pleading, strife, strive(-ing), suit. ...
/hebrew/7379.htm - 6k

1777. din -- to judge
... administer (1), defend (1), dispute (1), execute judgment (1), govern (1), judge
(9), judges (2), plead (2), pled (1), quarreling (1), strive (1), vindicate (2 ...
/hebrew/1777.htm - 6k


We must Strive in Order to be Crowned.
... The Homily. Chap. vii."we must strive in order to be crowned. Wherefore ... gloriously.
Let us therefore so strive, that we may all be crowned. ...
/.../unknown/the second epistle of clement/chap vii we must strive in.htm

We must Strive in Order to be Crowned.
... The Second Epistle of Clement. Chapter VII."We Must Strive in Order to Be Crowned. ...
Let us therefore so strive, that we may all be crowned. ...
/.../keith/the epistles of clement/chapter vii we must strive in.htm

We must Strive for Preferment Only by Right Means. ...
... Book II. Chapter XXIV. We must strive for preferment only by right means.?
We must strive for preferment only by right means. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter xxiv we must strive.htm

The Pelagians Still Strive after a Hiding-Place, by Introducing ...
... Book III. Chapter 26 [X.]"The Pelagians Still Strive After a Hiding-Place, by
Introducing the Needless Question of the Origin of the Soul. ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 26 x the pelagians still.htm

Fragment ii. Therefore You Ought to Strive to the Utmost of Your ...
... Fragment II. Therefore you ought to strive to the utmost of your power
not to fall into? Therefore you ought to strive to the ...
/.../theonas/epistle of phileas/fragment ii therefore you ought.htm

All which Things Being Heard and Well Considered, I Will not ...
... Book XII Chapter XVIII All which things being heard and well considered,
I will not strive about words? All which things being ...
/.../augustine/the confessions of saint augustine/chapter xviii all which things.htm

Of the Desire after Eternal Life, and How Great Blessings are ...
life, and how great blessings are promised to those who strive. ...
/.../kempis/imitation of christ/chapter xlix of the desire.htm

And Let us Strive that Wrath Rule us not nor Lust Overcome Us...
... Life of Antony. Section 21. And let us strive that wrath rule us not nor
lust overcome us? 21. And let us strive that wrath rule ...
/.../athanasius/select works and letters or athanasius/life of antony section 21.htm

Argument: Whatever the Christians Worship, they Strive in Every ...
... Chapter X."Argument: Whatever the Christians Worship, They Strive in Every Way to
Conceal: They Have No Altars, No Temples, No Acknowledged Images. ...
/.../the octavius of minucius felix/chapter x argument whatever the christians.htm

The Partisans of Acacius Again do not Remain Quiet, but Strive to ...
... Chapter XXIX."The Partisans of Acacius again do not remain Quiet, but strive to
abolish the Term "Consubstantial," and to confirm the Heresy of Arius. ...
/.../chapter xxix the partisans of acacius.htm

Strive (64 Occurrences)
... to be in contention or dispute; to contend; to contest; -- followed by against or
with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation ...STRIVE. ...
/s/strive.htm - 25k

Struggle (16 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vi) To strive, or to make efforts, with a
twisting, or with contortions of the body. 2. (vi) To use ...
/s/struggle.htm - 11k

Strove (25 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (imp.) of Strive. 2. (pp) of Strive. 3. (v.) imp.
of Strive. Multi-Version Concordance Strove (25 Occurrences). ...
/s/strove.htm - 14k

Contend (56 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to
fight. ... 1 Samuel 2:10 Those who strive with Yahweh shall be broken to pieces. ...
/c/contend.htm - 24k

Striven (10 Occurrences)
... 1. (pp) of Strive. 2. (p. p) of Strive. ... (YLT). Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against
him, For that he giveth not account of any of his matters? (See JPS YLT). ...
/s/striven.htm - 9k

Lawfully (2 Occurrences)
... RSV). 2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not
crowned, except he strive lawfully. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT). ...
/l/lawfully.htm - 6k

Freemen (17 Occurrences)
... Nehemiah 5:7 and my heart reigneth over me, and I strive with the freemen, and with
the prefects, and say to them, 'Usury one upon another ye are exacting ...
/f/freemen.htm - 12k

Rival (5 Occurrences)
... 4. (vt) To stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in
opposition to; as, to rival one in love. 5. (vt) To strive...
/r/rival.htm - 8k

Debate (13 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To engage in combat for; to strive for.
2. (vt) To contend for in words or arguments; to strive...
/d/debate.htm - 11k

Masteries (1 Occurrence)
... Masteries (1 Occurrence). 2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries,
yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. (KJV WBS). ...
/m/masteries.htm - 6k

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Strive: Dictionary and Thesaurus |

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Strive (64 Occurrences)

Matthew 12:19
He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

Luke 12:58
For as thou goest with thine adverse party before a magistrate, strive in the way to be reconciled with him, lest he drag thee away to the judge, and the judge shall deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.

Luke 13:24
"Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Romans 15:30
Now I beg you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me,

1 Corinthians 14:12
So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly.
(See RSV)

2 Corinthians 4:2
Nay, we have renounced the secrecy which marks a feeling of shame. We practice no cunning tricks, nor do we adulterate God's Message. But by a full clear statement of the truth we strive to commend ourselves in the presence of God to every human conscience.

Philippians 4:3
and I ask also thee, genuine yoke-fellow, be assisting those women who in the good news did strive along with me, with Clement also, and the others, my fellow-workers, whose names 'are' in the book of life.

Colossians 2:1
For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

1 Timothy 4:10
For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe.

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, must flee from these things; and strive for uprightness, godliness, good faith, love, fortitude, and a forgiving temper.

1 Timothy 6:12
Strive earnestly in the good conflict of faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which thou hast been called, and hast confessed the good confession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 2:5
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

2 Timothy 2:14
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

2 Timothy 2:15
Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:22
Keep a strong curb, however, on your youthful cravings; and strive for integrity, good faith, love, peace, in company with all who pray to the Lord with pure hearts.

2 Timothy 2:24
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Hebrews 4:11
Because of this, let us have a strong desire to come into that rest, and let no one go after the example of those who went against God's orders.
(See RSV)

Hebrews 12:14
but may rather be restored. Persistently strive for peace with all men, and for that growth in holiness apart from which no one will see the Lord.

James 3:18
And peace, for those who strive for peace, is the seed of which the harvest is righteousness.

Genesis 6:3
Yahweh said, "My Spirit will not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; yet will his days be one hundred twenty years."

Genesis 26:20
And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

Genesis 26:21
and they dig another well, and they strive also for it, and he calleth its name 'Hatred.'

Genesis 26:22
And he removed thence and dug another well; and they did not strive for that. And he called the name of it Rehoboth, and said, For now Jehovah has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

Exodus 17:2
Wherefore the people stove with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why strive ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt Jehovah?

Exodus 21:18
And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:

Leviticus 24:10
And a son of an Israelitish woman goeth out (and he 'is' son of an Egyptian man), in the midst of the sons of Israel, and strive in the camp do the son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel,

Numbers 20:3
and the people strive with Moses, and speak, saying, 'And oh that we had expired when our brethren expired before Jehovah!

Deuteronomy 2:5
ye do not strive with them, for I do not give to you of their land even the treading of the sole of a foot; for a possession to Esau I have given mount Seir.

Deuteronomy 25:11
When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who strikes him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the secrets;

Deuteronomy 33:7
And this of Judah; and he said, Hear, Jehovah, the voice of Judah, And bring him unto his people; May his hands strive for them; And be thou a help to him against his oppressors.

Deuteronomy 33:8
And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;

Judges 8:1
And the men of Ephraim say unto him, 'What 'is' this thing thou hast done to us -- not to call for us when thou didst go to fight with Midian?' and they strive with him severely;

Judges 11:25
Now are you anything better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them?

Judges 21:22
And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come to complain unto us, that we will say unto them, Grant them graciously unto us, because we took not for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did ye give them unto them, else would ye now be guilty.
(See JPS)

1 Samuel 2:10
Those who strive with Yahweh shall be broken to pieces. He will thunder against them in the sky. "Yahweh will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed."

2 Samuel 14:6
and thy maid-servant hath two sons; and they strive both of them in a field, and there is no deliverer between them, and the one smiteth the other, and putteth him to death;

Nehemiah 5:7
and my heart reigneth over me, and I strive with the freemen, and with the prefects, and say to them, 'Usury one upon another ye are exacting;' and I set against them a great assembly,

Nehemiah 13:11
And I strive with the prefects, and say, 'Wherefore hath the house of God been forsaken?' and I gather them, and set them on their station;

Nehemiah 13:17
And I strive with the freemen of Judah, and say to them, 'What 'is' this evil thing that ye are doing, and polluting the sabbath-day?

Nehemiah 13:25
And I strive with them, and declare them vile, and smite certain of them, and pluck off their hair, and cause them to swear by God, 'Ye do not give your daughters to their sons, nor do ye take of their daughters to your sons, and to yourselves.

Job 9:3
If he shall choose to strive with him, he cannot answer him one thing of a thousand.

Job 9:14
How much less shall I answer him, choose out my words to strive with him?

Job 10:2
I will say unto +God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou strivest with me.
(Root in DBY YLT)

Job 13:8
His face do ye accept, if for God ye strive?

Job 13:19
Who 'is' he that doth strive with me? For now I keep silent and gasp.

Job 23:6
In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth 'it' in me.

Job 33:13
Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?

Psalms 35:1
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

Psalms 55:18
He hath redeemed my soul in peace so that none came nigh me; for they were many that strove with me.
(See NAS)

Psalms 103:9
Not for ever doth He strive, Nor to the age doth He watch.

Psalms 139:21
Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
(See JPS)

Proverbs 3:30
Don't strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Proverbs 25:8
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who have no respect for the law give praise to the evil-doer; but such as keep the law are against him.

Isaiah 1:17
Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive 'for' the widow.

Isaiah 41:11
Behold, all those who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded. Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.

Isaiah 45:9
Woe to him who strives with his Maker- a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth! Shall the clay ask him who fashions it,'What are you making?' or your work,'He has no hands?'

Isaiah 49:25
For thus saith Jehovah: Even the captive of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; and I will strive with him that striveth with thee, and I will save thy children.

Isaiah 57:16
For, not to the age do I strive, nor for ever am I wroth, For the spirit from before Me is feeble, And the souls I have made.

Jeremiah 2:29
Why do ye strive with Me? All of you have transgressed against Me, An affirmation of Jehovah.

Jeremiah 22:15
Shall you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar? Didn't your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? then it was well with him.

Hosea 4:4
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

Hosea 6:3
And let us know, let us follow on to know Jehovah: his going forth is sure as the morning; and he will come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.
(See JPS)

Micah 6:1
Hear, I pray you, that which Jehovah is saying: 'Rise -- strive thou with the mountains, And cause thou the hills to hear thy voice.'



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