Bible Dictionary and Concordance



labour / labourersPhysical, mental, or spiritual work. DTP The Bible tells us to be careful how we do things, to ensure our labour will be effective in building up God's kingdom. The disciple is a labourer in Christ's vineyard.the labour of my hands, and rebuked Gen 31:42Six days shalt thou labour, and do all Ex 20:9you a land for which ye did not labour, Josh 24:13they labour in vain that build it; Ps 127:1The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: Prov 10:16They shall not labour in vain, Isa 65:23is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Matt 9:37Come unto me, all ye that labour and Matt 11:28truly is great, but the labourers are few: Luke 10:2Labour not for the meat which perisheth, John 6:27who labour in the Lord. Rom 16:12For we are labourers together with God: 1 Cor 3:9your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Gal 4:11steal no more: but rather let him labour, Eph 4:28this is the fruit of my labour: Phil 1:22run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Phil 2:16those women which laboured with me in the gospel, Phil 4:3always labouring fervently for you in prayers, Col 4:12and labour of love, and patience of hope 1 Thes 1:3honour, especially they who labour in the word 1 Tim 5:17Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, Heb 4:11
laityA person who performs a service within the church; it is usually a non-paid position. See 1 Timothy 5:17-18 which describes how some elders (presbuteros) can receive wages for their ministry. It has come to mean a non-ordained person within the church. (See 1 Pet 5:1-5).
Lamb / lamb / lambsOffspring of domesticated sheep, raised for its wool and meat. Often sacrificed during tabernacle and temple worship. The shedding of the lamb's blood, when offered to God, was for the purpose of forgiveness. DTP In the New Testament Christ became the perfect Lamb of God. He shed His blood so that people could have forgiveness of sin. It was a one-time sacrifice of innocent blood for all those who, by faith, would receive Christ as Saviour and Lord.but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Gen 22:7My son, God will provide himself a lamb Gen 22:8shall take to them every man a lamb, Ex 12:3Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male Ex 12:5And if he bring a lamb for sin offering, Lev 4:32he shall gather the lambs with his arm, Isa 40:11he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, Isa 53:7I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. John 21:15and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, Acts 8:32as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Pet 1:19stood a Lamb as it had been slain, Rev 5:6Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, Rev 5:12saying, Salvation to our God ... and unto the Lamb. Rev 7:10them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev 7:14not written in the book of life of the Lamb Rev 13:8I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on mount Sion, Rev 14:1war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: Rev 17:14for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife Rev 19:7are written in the Lamb's book of life. Rev 21:27of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; Rev 22:3
Lamb of GodIn the Old Testament the Bible teaches that there would be One who would come and lay down his life for all mankind (see Isa 53:7). DTP In the New Testament Christ became the perfect Lamb of God. He shed His blood so that people could have the forgiveness of sins. It was a one-time sacrifice of innocent blood for all those who, by faith, would receive Christ as Saviour and Lord. (See the book of Revelation).and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, John 1:29he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! John 1:36
lament / lamentationTo cry out with great emotion from a burdened heart. To mourn, grieve and weep over a loss or death of something or someone.with a great and very sore lamentation: Gen 50:10take up a lamentation on high places; Jer 7:29This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation. Ezek 19:14Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: Joel 1:13and all your songs into lamentation; Amos 8:10and lament with a doleful lamentation, Mic 2:4That ye shall weep and lament, John 16:20
LAMENTATIONS, book ofThe main theme of this book is about how the author, thought to be Jeremiah, mourned and lamented over the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple of God around 587 BC. The book is broken up five chapters, each chapter forming a poem of lament. The book expresses God's deep love and sorrow over His people.
lamp / lampsA clay vessel that held oil and a wick which, when lit, would burn and give off light in a room. There was also a lampstand in the tabernacle and, later, also in the temple. DTP Spiritually, the Word of God is a lamp to shed light for the disciple's life.and a burning lamp that passed between Gen 15:17For thou art my lamp, O LORD: 2 Sam 22:29Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, Ps 119:105I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. Ps 132:17For the commandment is a lamp; Prov 6:23the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. Isa 62:1ten virgins, which took their lamps, Matt 25:1and there were seven lamps of fire burning Rev 4:5
landEarth, ground, property, acreage. DTP The land and the sea were created by God and we are to be good stewards of what God has created. Careless use or destruction of the land will come back to haunt and even destroy us. We should treasure the gift of land that God has created and given to all peoples of the world.and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Gen 1:9unto a land that I will show thee. Gen 12:1(Acts 7:3)all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; Gen 17:8The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; Lev 25:23the land shall be divided for an inheritance Num 26:53in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Deut 6:3Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. Josh 4:22given you a land for which ye did not labour, Josh 24:13forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chr 7:14Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands. Ps 66:1; 100:1I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. Ps 116:9they shall inherit the land for ever, Isa 60:21I will bring them again to this land: Jer 24:6By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, Heb 11:9
languageA verbal or written expression of thought, made through sounds and letters, and when put together, produce communication. The combination of words produces sentences, and when spoken or read, allow communication between people. Language contains traditions and cultures of a specific people group. There are thousands of languages worldwide. God caused the proliferation of languages, resulting in the dispersion of people. The book of Revelation tells us that every nation, tribe, tongue, and people will be represented in heaven (Rev 14:6).And the whole earth was of one language, Gen 11:1down, and there confounded their language, Gen 11:7with a loud voice in the Jews' language, 2 Kin 18:28according to the language of each people. Neh 13:24and to every people after their language, Esth 1:22Jacob from a people of strange language. Ps 114:1That every people, nation, and language, Dan 3:29every man heard them speak in his own language. Acts 2:6
lasciviousnessA gross form of wickedness, usually with sexual overtones. It is corrupt and detestable before God. Infers indecency or obscenity. Can refer to sexual acts that are not natural according to God's intent.wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, Mark 7:22lasciviousness which they have committed. 2 Cor 12:21fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:19have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, Eph 4:19the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, 1 Pet 4:3turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, Jude 1:4
lastComing after all others in time or order; most recent. To be at the very end, the finish or completion of something.Now these be the last words of David. 2 Sam 23:1I the LORD, the first, and with the last; Isa 41:4I am the first, and I am the last; Isa 44:6the last state of that man is worse than the first. Matt 12:45 (Luke 11:26)But many that are first shall be last; Matt 19:30; 20:16 (Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30)the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. Mark 9:35The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1 Cor 15:26twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: 1 Cor 15:52I am the first and the last. Rev 1:17and the end, the first and the last. Rev 22:13
last day / last days / last timeThe earth was created with time built into it. We have seasons, night and day. We measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, and centuries. But one day time will be no more (Rev 10:6-7). The times of the earth will soon come to an end. DTP In the last days Christ will come to set up a new heaven and earth where the measurement of time will be gone. We are in the last days; Christ will soon come for His bride, the church. The battles and corruption of this old world will come to an end.shall befall you in the last days. Gen 49:1from the first day unto the last day, Neh 8:18shall come to pass in the last days, Isa 2:2But in the last days it shall come to pass, Mic 4:1raise it up again at the last day. John 6:39, 40, 44, 54in the resurrection at the last day. John 11:24the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48it shall come to pass in the last days, Acts 2:17that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Tim 3:1in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, Heb 1:2treasure together for the last days. James 5:3salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet 1:5shall come in the last days scoffers, 2 Pet 3:3
laverA basin or bowel used for washing one's hands and feet. Upon completion of a temple sacrifice, the priest would wash his hands in the laver. See Exodus 30:18-21.Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, Ex 30:18under the laver were undersetters molten, 1 Kin 7:30He made also ten lavers, 2 Chr 4:6
law / lawsRule, commandment, decree, directive. Regulation put in place by a governing authority. Commandment that weighs the moral right or wrong of an act. The Ten Commandments, as given to Moses, were God's rules of how people were to relate to Him and to each other.And Joseph made it a law over the land Gen 47:26that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: Ex 13:9shall write him a copy of this law in a book Deut 17:18all the words of this law to do them. Deut 27:26 (Gal 3:10)This book of the law shall not depart Josh 1:8afterward he read all the words of the law, Josh 8:34these words in the book of the law of God, Josh 24:26I have found the book of the law 2 Kin 22:8 (2 Chr 34:15)that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. 1 Chr 22:12his heart to seek the law of the LORD, Ezr 7:10bring the book of the law of Moses, Neh 8:1the people to understand the law: Neh 8:7his delight is in the law of the LORD; Ps 1:2The law of the LORD is perfect, Ps 19:7O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Ps 40:8O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Ps 119:97righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Ps 119:142doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Prov 4:2commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; Prov 6:23the people in whose heart is my law; Isa 51:7my law in their inward parts, Jer 31:33 (Heb 8:10; 10:16)LORD our God, to walk in his laws, Dan 9:10that I am come to destroy the law, Matt 5:17which is the great commandment in the law? Matt 22:36On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matt 22:40What is written in the law? Luke 10:26For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth John 1:17which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, Rom 2:14athese, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Rom 2:14bfor by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom 3:28Because the law worketh wrath: Rom 4:15because we are not under the law, Rom 6:15made free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:2Christ is the end of the law for righteousness Rom 10:4therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom 13:10is not justified by the works of the law, Gal 2:16us from the curse of the law, Gal 3:13the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, Gal 3:24To redeem them that were under the law, Gal 4:5For all the law is fulfilled in one word, Gal 5:14against such there is no law. Gal 5:23and so fulfil the law of Christ. Gal 6:2For the law having a shadow of good things to come, Heb 10:1I will put my laws into their hearts, Heb 10:16into the perfect law of liberty, James 1:25keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, James 2:10that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:12
lawgiverA keeper of the law, legislator, policymaker. DTP God is the lawgiver for all of His creation. His word is final. On the basis of His law, He will in the last days judge all mankind.because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, Deut 33:21Judah is my lawgiver. Ps 60:7Judah is my lawgiver. Ps 108:8the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; Isa 33:22There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: James 4:12
lawyer / lawyersSomeone trained and skilled in the knowledge of law; legal representative for the plaintiff or for the accused. They represent their client before a judge or jury. Lawyers sometimes fill the roll of a mediator.Then one of them, which was a lawyer, Matt 22:35the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God Luke 7:30And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, Luke 10:25he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! Luke 11:46
lay / laidTo place something at another's feet. DTP Disciples are challenged to lay down their lives for Jesus Christ, to give Him (to His feet or to the foot of the cross) or to surrender to Him that which we have as our love gift for what He has done for us on the cross. To surrender our will and desires to His will and guidance.I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, Num 12:11And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, 1 Sam 6:11they laid to my charge things that I knew not. Ps 35:11I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, Isa 28:16 (1 Pet 2:6)Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, Matt 6:19So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, Luke 12:21and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:15I will lay down my life for thy sake. John 13:37Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Acts 7:60Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? Rom 8:33I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. 1 Cor 3:10For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, 1 Cor 3:11Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, 1 Tim 6:12there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, 2 Tim 4:8to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Heb 6:18because he laid down his life for us: 1 John 3:16
lay hands / laid hands / laying on of handsAn act which represented the anointing or blessing of someone. DTP We are encouraged to lay hands on the sick in prayer; also for deliverance or encouragement for fellow disciples; also was used to signify setting a person apart for ministry and service and for the filling of the Holy Spirit. (See Ex 29:10, 15, 19 and Lev 8:14-17).I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, Mark 5:23prayed, they laid their hands on them. Acts 6:6and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. Acts 13:3Paul had laid his hands upon them, Acts 19:6with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 1 Tim 4:14Lay hands suddenly on no man, 1 Tim 5:22the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 2 Tim 1:6and of laying on of hands, Heb 6:2And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Rev 1:17
lead / led / leadethTo show others the way, to draw alongside and help another, to direct or to be guided by another, to go before or in front of others, who has experience, to show a pathway that one should go. DTP For the follower of Christ we need to surrender our will and follow after the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will lead us into new place and challenges so that we may grow and mature in Him.But God led the people about, through the way Ex 13:18in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; Ex 13:21thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, Deut 8:2he led him about, he instructed him, Deut 32:10Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because Ps 5:8he leadeth me beside the still waters. Ps 23:2he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness Ps 23:3Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou Ps 25:5for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Ps 31:3thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; Ps 43:3lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Ps 61:2thou hast led captivity captive: Ps 68:18And he led them forth by the right way, Ps 107:7Even there shall thy hand lead me, Ps 139:10I lead in the way of righteousness, Prov 8:20and a little child shall lead them. Isa 11:6I will lead them in paths that they have not known: Isa 42:16which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Isa 48:17shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: Isa 55:12Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit Matt 4:1 (Luke 4:1)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us Matt 6:13 (Luke 11:4)narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, Matt 7:14blind lead the blind, both shall fall Matt 15:14 (Luke 6:39)his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. John 10:3He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; Acts 8:32the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Rom 2:4For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, Rom 8:14But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not Gal 5:18beware lest ye also, being led away with 2 Pet 3:17and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: Rev 7:17
leagueAlliance, covenant, an agreement between people or groups of therefore make ye a league with us. Josh 9:6hath made a league with the son of Jesse, 1 Sam 22:8saying also, Make thy league with me, 2 Sam 3:12and king David made a league with them 2 Sam 5:3a league between me and thee, 1 Kin 15:19And after the league made with him Dan 11:23
learn / learned / learningTo gather information about something. To become knowledgeable and to have understanding concerning a certain body of information. DTP To discipline oneself in a mode or specific field of knowledge. To receive teaching or instruction on a specific topic. To find out about something and to become skilled in its use. We need to learn and become good handlers of the Word of God, our "Sword". This takes understanding (to study) and practice (to go out and use it, to be a doer of the word) by the disciple of Christ.that they may learn to fear me all days Deut 4:10learn to fear the LORD your God, Deut 31:13afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Ps 119:71that I may learn thy commandments. Ps 119:73A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; Prov 1:5teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Prov 9:9that murmured shall learn doctrine. Isa 29:24Learn not the way of the heathen, Jer 10:2Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; Matt 11:29Now learn a parable of the fig tree; Matt 24:32and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. John 6:45aforetime were written for our learning, Rom 15:4to the doctrine which ye have learned; Rom 16:17one by one, that all may learn, 1 Cor 14:31Those things, which ye hath both learned, Phil 4:9for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, Phil 4:11Ever learning, and never able to come to the 2 Tim 3:7in the things which thou hast learned 2 Tim 3:14Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience Heb 5:8
leave / leaving / leftTo depart or go, to move to another place or way of thinking or living. DTP The value of our lives is measured by what we leave behind. How have we affected those around us? We are all planters and hopefully, we will leave behind good fruit that will glorify the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.a man leave his father and his mother, Gen 2:24 (Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7; Eph 5:31)Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, Ruth 1:16thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. 2 Kin 2:2, 4, 6; 4:30wilt not leave my soul in hell; Ps 16:10 (Acts 2:27)leave me not, neither forsake me, Ps 27:9And they straightway left their nets, Matt 4:20Leave there thy gift before the altar, Matt 5:24doth he not leave the ninety and nine, Matt 18:12 (Luke 15:4)we have left all, and have followed thee. Mark 10:28 (Luke 18:28)And he left all, rose up, and followed him. Luke 5:28I will not leave you comfortless: John 14:18Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, Heb 6:1I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb 13:5also suffered for us, leaving us an example, 1 Pet 2:21because thou hast left thy first love. Rev 2:4
leaven (yeast) / leavened / leaveneth A substance that, when added to dough, begins a fermenting process that causes the dough to rise. DTP In the Bible, leaven was also used symbolically for how sin works, that once it gets into your life it can spread throughout your whole being. During the Passover celebration, all leaven was to be removed from one's house, thus symbolizing that the house was clean of sin. We also need to keep our spiritual temple clean of all sin.put away leaven out of your houses: Ex 12:15there be no leaven found in your houses: Ex 12:19It shall not be baken with leaven. Lev 6:17kneaded the dough, until it be leavened. Hos 7:4The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, Matt 13:33 (Luke 13:21)beware of the leaven of the Pharisees Matt 16:6, 11 (Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1)a little leavenleaveneth the whole lump? 1 Cor 5:6Purge out therefore the old leaven, 1 Cor 5:7A little leavenleaveneth the whole lump. Gal 5:9
legalismLiving by the letter of the law. In the New Testament, the Pharisees were an example of this lifestyle. Jesus often berated the Pharisees for their legalism, as there was little grace and mercy offered. If the law was broken, even in some small way, the people were sentenced and punished to the full extent of the law.
Legion / legionsA basic ancient Roman army unit with supporting cavalry; usually numbering between 3000 and 6000 men.give me more than twelve legions of angels? Matt 26:53My name is Legion: for we are many. Mark 5:9What is thy name? And he said, Legion: Luke 8:30

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