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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight.

2. (v. t.) Hence, to keep from sinking, as in despondence, or the like; to support.

3. (v. t.) To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions to sustain an army.

4. (v. t.) To aid, comfort, or relieve; to vindicate.

5. (v. t.) To endure without failing or yielding; to bear up under; as, to sustain defeat and disappointment.

6. (v. t.) To suffer; to bear; to undergo.

7. (v. t.) To allow the prosecution of; to admit as valid; to sanction; to continue; not to dismiss or abate; as, the court sustained the action or suit.

8. (v. t.) To prove; to establish by evidence; to corroborate or confirm; to be conclusive of; as, to sustain a charge, an accusation, or a proposition.

9. (n.) One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.

1789. entrepho -- to train up
... of Speech: Verb Transliteration: entrepho Phonetic Spelling: (en-tref'-o) Short
Definition: I nourish on, am educated in Definition: I nourish (sustain) on, am ...
// - 7k

941. bastazo -- to take up, carry
... Perhaps remotely derived from the base of basis (through the idea of removal); to
lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc ...
// - 8k

1625. ektrepho -- to bring up to maturity, to nourish
... 1625 () suggests "effectively nourish, nurture" (sustain, Eph 5:29) -- or "nourish
(up) to " (J. Thayer), ie to, raise (train up, , Eph 6:4). ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
5582. saad -- to support, sustain, stay
... 5581, 5582. saad. 5583 . to support, sustain, stay. Transliteration: saad Phonetic
Spelling: (saw-ad') Short Definition: sustain. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/5582.htm - 6k

5583. sead -- to support, sustain
... 5582, 5583. sead. 5584 . to support, sustain. Transliteration: sead Phonetic
Spelling: (seh-ad') Short Definition: supporting. Word ...
/hebrew/5583.htm - 6k

5790. uth -- perhaps to help
... perhaps to help. Transliteration: uth Phonetic Spelling: (ooth) Short Definition:
sustain. ... root Definition perhaps to help NASB Word Usage sustain (1). ...
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3557. kul -- to comprehend, contain
... 1), held (1), hold (4), holding (2), maintain (1), provide (4), provided (6), provided
them with sustenance (1), provisioned (1), sustain (3), sustained (1 ...
/hebrew/3557.htm - 6k

5564. samak -- to lean, lay, rest, support
... braced (1), holds (1), laid (6), laid siege (1), lay (17), lean (1), leans (3),
relied (1), rested (1), steadfast (1), support (1), sustain (3), sustained (2 ...
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2388. chazaq -- to be or grow firm or strong, strengthen
... 19), strengthening (1), strong (31), strong support (1), stronger (6), strongly
support (1), support* (1), supported (1), sure (1), sustain (1), take (1), take ...
/hebrew/2388.htm - 8k

5095. nahal -- to lead or guide to a watering place, bring to a ...
... A primitive root; properly, to run with a sparkle, ie Flow; hence (transitively),
to conduct, and (by inference) to protect, sustain -- carry, feed, guide ...
/hebrew/5095.htm - 6k

8551. tamak -- to grasp, support, attain
... A primitive root; to sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively,
to help, follow close -- (take, up-)hold (up), maintain, retain, stay (up). ...
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3253. Yismakyahu -- "Yah has sustained," a Korahite
... Ismachiah. From camak and Yahh; Jah will sustain; Jismakjah, an Israelite -- Ismachiah.
see HEBREW camak. see HEBREW Yahh. 3252, 3253. Yismakyahu. 3254 . ...
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7506. Rephach -- an Ephraimite
... Rephah. From an unused root apparently meaning to sustain; support; Rephach, an
Israelite -- Rephah. 7505, 7506. Rephach. 7507 . Strong's Numbers.
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The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
... April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but
a wounded spirit who can bear?""Proverbs 18:14. Every man ...
// on proverbs/the cause and cure of.htm

1 Timothy i. 14-Dec
... And what is this, "Who enabled me"? I will tell you. He had so heavy a
burden to sustain, that he needed much aid from above. For ...
/.../homily iii 1 timothy i.htm

The Servant's Words to the Weary
... THE SERVANT'S WORDS TO THE WEARY. 'The Lord God hath given me the tongue of them
that are taught, that I should know how to sustain with words him that is weary ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/the servants words to the.htm

Cast Thy Burden on the Lord.
... Cast thy burden on the Lord, And he will sustain thee, and strengthen thee, and
comfort thee; He will sustain thee, and comfort thee; He will sustain thee, he ...
// otterbein hymnal/380 cast thy burden on.htm

Human Government.
... Consequently, in certain states of society, it would be a Christian's duty to pray
for and sustain even a military despotism; in a certain other state of ...
/.../finney/systematic theology/lecture xxi human government.htm

Twenty-Sixth Proposition of Arminius
... affirm it. To sustain your denial, you add, "it is expressed in general terms,
and refers to grace and glory in a general sense. That ...
/.../the works of james arminius vol 3/twenty-sixth proposition of arminius.htm

Attributes of Selfishness.
... make an opposite choice, must ever remain an attribute of selfishness, while
selfishness continues to be a sin, or while it continues to sustain any relation ...
/.../finney/systematic theology/lecture xvii attributes of selfishness.htm

Unfairness of Charging the Disciples of the New Prophecy with ...
... why each has not "endured unto the end;" and you will find the cause of that (infirmity)
to be more honourable which has been unable to sustain savagery, than ...
/.../tertullian/on monogamy/chapter xv unfairness of charging the.htm

... The literature of one century, whether sacred or common, will not, when served up
in the lump, satisfy the craving and sustain the life of another. ...
// parables of our lord/introduction.htm

The vicissitudes Experienced in the Christian Life
... Scarce knowing whither, doubtfully I stray,. And see no end of all that I sustain.
The ... Whence then, I cry, the pangs that I sustain. Dubious ...
/.../the vicissitudes experienced in the.htm

Sustain (28 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish; as, provisions
to sustain an army. ... Multi-Version Concordance Sustain (28 Occurrences). ...
/s/sustain.htm - 15k

Bear (425 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To support or sustain; to hold up. ... 5. (vt) To sustain; to have on (written
or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription. ...
/b/bear.htm - 44k

Support (135 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To bear by being under; to keep from falling; to uphold; to sustain, in
a literal or physical sense; to prop up; to bear the weight of; as, a pillar ...
/s/support.htm - 36k

Suffer (195 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear
up under. ... 7. (vi) To be injured; to sustain loss or damage. ...
/s/suffer.htm - 36k

Sustains (11 Occurrences)
... (See NAS). Psalms 41:3 Yahweh will sustain him on his sickbed, and restore him from
his bed of illness. (See RSV). Psalms 54:4 Behold, God is my helper. ...
/s/sustains.htm - 9k

Weather (5 Occurrences)
... 6. (vt) Hence, to sustain the trying effect of; to bear up against and overcome;
to sustain; to endure; to resist; as, to weather the storm. ...
/w/weather.htm - 10k

Float (4 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain
weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of ...
/f/float.htm - 10k

Sustained (20 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (imp. & pp) of Sustain. 2. (a.) Held up to
a certain pitch, degree, or level; uniform; as, sustained ...
/s/sustained.htm - 12k

Hold (500 Occurrences)
... To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits,
or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain ...
/h/hold.htm - 39k

Provide (74 Occurrences)
... RSV). 2 Samuel 19:33 The king said to Barzillai, "Come over with me, and
I will sustain you with me in Jerusalem." (See RSV NIV). 1 ...
/p/provide.htm - 28k

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Bible ConcordanceBible DictionaryBible EncyclopediaTopical BibleBible Thesuarus
Sustain (28 Occurrences)

1 Corinthians 1:8
who also shall confirm you unto the end -- unblamable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ;
(See RSV)

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the unruly, comfort the timid, sustain the weak, and be patient towards all.

Genesis 13:6
The land was not able to bear them, that they might live together: for their substance was great, so that they could not live together.
(See NAS)

Genesis 36:7
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together: and the land wherein they were strangers could not sustain them, because of their cattle.

Genesis 45:11
and there will I nourish thee; for there are yet five years of famine; lest thou come to poverty, thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast.
(See JPS)

Genesis 50:21
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
(See JPS)

Leviticus 25:35
"'If your brother has become poor, and his hand can't support him among you; then you shall uphold him. As a stranger and a sojourner he shall live with you.
(See NAS)

Deuteronomy 1:12
How can I myself alone sustain your wear, and your burden, and your strife?

Judges 19:5
It happened on the fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to depart: and the young lady's father said to his son-in-law, "Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward you shall go your way."
(See NAS)

Judges 19:8
He arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the young lady's father said, "Please strengthen your heart and stay until the day declines;" and they both ate.
(See NAS)

Ruth 4:15
He shall be to you a restorer of life, and sustain you in your old age, for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him."

2 Samuel 19:33
The king said to Barzillai, "Come over with me, and I will sustain you with me in Jerusalem."

1 Kings 17:4
and it hath been, from the brook thou dost drink, and the ravens I have commanded to sustain thee there.'

1 Kings 17:9
"Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you."

Nehemiah 9:21
Yes, forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes didn't grow old, and their feet didn't swell.

Job 36:19
Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength?

Psalms 41:3
Yahweh will sustain him on his sickbed, and restore him from his bed of illness.

Psalms 51:12
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and let a willing spirit sustain me.

Psalms 55:22
Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Psalms 112:5
It is well with the man that is gracious and lendeth; he will sustain his cause in judgment.

Psalms 119:28
My soul melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
(See JPS)

Psalms 119:116
Sustain me according to Thy saying, And I live, and Thou puttest me not to shame Because of my hope.

Psalms 119:175
Give life to my soul so that it may give you praise; and let your decisions be my support.
(See NIV)

Proverbs 18:14
A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?

Song of Songs 2:5
Sustain ye me with raisin-cakes, Refresh me with apples; For I am sick of love.

Isaiah 46:4
Even when you are old I will be the same, and when you are grey-haired I will take care of you: I will still be responsible for what I made; yes, I will take you and keep you safe.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him who is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

Zechariah 11:16
For lo, I am raising up a shepherd in the land, The cut off he doth not inspect, The shaken off he doth not seek, And the broken he doth not heal, The standing he doth not sustain, And the flesh of the fat he doth eat, And their hoofs he doth break off.



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Waste (668 Occurrences)

Wakens (1 Occurrence)

Ismachiah (1 Occurrence)

Illness (15 Occurrences)

Infirmities (17 Occurrences)

Fight (265 Occurrences)

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Endure (90 Occurrences)

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Daughter-in-law (16 Occurrences)

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Melts (11 Occurrences)

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Maintain (50 Occurrences)

Puttest (18 Occurrences)

Barzil'lai (10 Occurrences)

Barzillai (10 Occurrences)

Brace (3 Occurrences)

Cuckow (2 Occurrences)

Citrons (2 Occurrences)

Carry (246 Occurrences)

Cuckoo (2 Occurrences)

Ahithophel (17 Occurrences)

Abide (162 Occurrences)

Suffering (104 Occurrences)

Sickbed (2 Occurrences)

Suspicions (1 Occurrence)

Spurn (13 Occurrences)

Spiritual (42 Occurrences)

Stand (542 Occurrences)

Strong (736 Occurrences)

Sustainer (2 Occurrences)

Swelled (5 Occurrences)

Stay (221 Occurrences)

Belongeth (36 Occurrences)

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Infirmity (22 Occurrences)

Raising (29 Occurrences)

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Permit (36 Occurrences)


Supply (40 Occurrences)

Wear (56 Occurrences)


Banquet (58 Occurrences)

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